Anybody who has read this blog knows how I feel about the corporate media. I am completely disgusted by the way in which they depict black people in America and in the world. I cringe whenever Soledad O’Brien does her “Black in America” “investigative reports” and I make it my business to NOT watch them. Mainly because for all the investigating that’s being done, nothing new is ever found. There’s still poverty, gangs, drugs, single parent families, etceterah, etceterah, etceterah. Same ole same ole.
It bothers me, though, when my black people see these “hard hitting reports” on blackness and they come away with a nagging feeling of inherent inferiority. That ish bothers me. These reports always manage to show black people as somehow lacking–one way or the other–with absolutely no prospects of being able to change anything. If its not a lack of money, its a lack of education, or a lack of good sense, or a lack of good parents, a lack of two parents, or a lack of self respect, or a lack, period. Whenever my people search the corporate media news channels–either in their regular programming, or commercials, or the news reports–looking for positive images of ourselves, 99.99 percent of the time we are sorely disappointed. When we hear about a crime having been committed, we pray that the perpetrator wasn’t black. I believe that all of this negativity that’s being reported about us 24-7 has a very bad effect on our spirits. Maybe in spite of ourselves, we start to believe that this is all there is to us as a people. It leaves us feeling vulnerable and exposed, frustrated and angry. I’ve often wondered just why the media is so overly focused on black people in general, and our so called “pathos” in particular?
Recently I was sent the following link of a brother, Jeremiah Camara, who has done a little “investigative reporting” of his own and gives us a different take than what you might find on the corporate media news networks. He asks the same question and poses not so much an answer as an antithetical question. I thought it was quite illuminating…
What do YOU think?