Category Archives: News Media

The “N” Word is Back in the News

Recently in the news, the “N” word has gained the spotlight again. Someone painted the “N” word on the fence of LeBron James home and Bill Maher chose to use the word during his weekly show on HBO. I know I am writing this some time after all the hype around these situations but I wanted to wait to see if the impact of these two high profile celebrities being involved with the use of this word would change anything.

The word being painted on LeBron James’ home is horrible but the thing that I found more reprehensive was the comments from black people about the situation. In particular Jason Whitlock, Mr. Whitlock stated because LeBron is rich and famous LeBron does not experience racism like other people of color. For me the fact that anyone experiences it is the problem, and for LeBron James to experience it sends a strong message. The message is no matter how rich, famous or how many fans you have there are people who will view you as less than them. How do you tell a child that no matter what he or she accomplish in life they will be looked down on by a group of people. I have read somewhere that Yvette Carnell has agreed with Jason Whitlock in part, I admit I have not seen her video yet regarding this topic. The reason I have not watch the video is because I have respect for Yvette but from what I heard I disagree with her on this issue. I heard Yvette believes LeBron should have addressed other issue regarding the plight of black people earlier. I offer this instead of condemning a man for not being awoke before congratulate him for waking up now. No one has the right to measure the pain that LeBron has felt from having this word written on his property.

The Bill Maher situation was difficult for me because I am a faithful viewer of his show, I am not agree with his position on all topics but I generally like his show. Bill Maher tried to make a joke and as a comedian he should be allowed a certain amount of latitude, that’s what I hear from some people but on the use of the “N” word I disagree. Someone mentioned there are terms associated with other groups that people will dare not say in a public forum, so why so comfortable saying the “N” word? I watch the show after he said the word on HBO, there are two things I took away from the show regarding his use of the word. One, I agreed with Ice Cube so what if black people use the word other races cannot under any circumstances use the word. Two, the atmosphere seemed like we are supposed to be grateful that Bill Maher apologized. He apologized because people were upset that he used the word, he did not apologize because he used the word. If just a few people complained about his use of the word would he have apologized?

I stated previously I wanted to see if these situations would improve race relation or have a positive impact, just as I thought nothing positive came from these situations. In a way, the person who painted the word on LeBron James fence has won because the conversion about the issue has created a further divide between us. People are discussing that the fact he is rich racism does not impact him the same way instead of rallying on his side.

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Is News Media Evil?

The other day I was engaged in a couple of conversation through twitter, one was concerning universal health care and the other was concerning the shooting of unarmed black people by the police. My assumption was that these individuals I was in dialogue with were white but I could be wrong. During these exchanges I noticed that all the information they provided to solidify their position was information provided by some form of news media. When I began to make certain points that were not widely publicized their opinions started to shift. That got me to thinking is the news media evil or contributing to the evil.

The reason I ask this is because not presenting all the facts equally will influence people to gravitate to one side over the other. For example, the person I was in dialogue with believed that everyone was resisting arrest when these tragedies took place, so I mentioned Tamar Rice his response was that he had a gun in the playground. I then informed him that Ohio is an open carry state, in Ohio it is not illegal to have a gun. He admitted that he did not know this and that he has never heard this mention during any news coverage regarding the shooting. Then we talked about Eric Garner because he was resisting arrest and the person said he was selling illegal cigarettes. I informed him only the officer stated he saw him sell the cigarette, so where is the person he sold the cigarette to, there more than six cops there, why were there some many cops there to arrest a man for selling cigarettes and I explain to him Eric Garner had just stop some young men from fighting and the choke hold utilized is illegal. Again he admitted most of the information was new to him. Therefore the news media is not presenting all the necessary information to the public, so the public can make a well informed decision. Now there will be some media outlets who will say we did present this information and this may be true. But was this information disseminated equally and the answer is no. By omitting or down playing valuable information leads some to believe that these people are responsible for their demise. Is this the message the news media is intentionally sending to the public. By minimizing individual lives, by not provide a clear visual of the event is evil, if done intentionally.

On another note the news media is forever berating Donald Trump, rightfully so but the news media is complicit in Donald Trump’s rise to power. During the election process Mr. Trump probably received more media coverage than all the other candidates combined. The others candidates did not have ample opportunities to present their platforms. There are some people who knew very little about Trump until, the news media talked about him 24 hours a day.

The news media is no longer about news, they are about entertainment. The Flint, Michigan water crisis was going on about a year before main stream media picked up the story. The news media use to bring the information to the public not wait to the story is already popular then cover it.

Our community should not let the main stream news media cover our stories unless they are going to present all the information even-handed. The depiction of us in these forms of media are not always favorable.

The news media runs 24 hours a day. The face of evil has many different looks, so is the news media everyday evil?