That's how the media wants to portray us, and i find that in almost every news network (with the exception of a few) that i tune into, have made this attempt to put blacks who come from the left and make them look like unthinking fanatics while making their charlatan right wing counterparts like McWhorter, Steele or Ward "Coonerly" as erudite eloquent speakers. I don't know whether it's ignorance on the part of the media or whether it's deliberately done to give the impression to the whole country that black folks who come from the left are somehow bellicose and wanting to do away with white americans. It seems to me the only black voice you hear is someone who expouses some anti-white rhetoric which is a total misrepresentation of the diverse opinions black americans have but the media does not care.
Whenever the media bring up race, affirmative action or some subject that is important to us as african americans, they tend to bring on to their shows, mediocre, nationalists, or just borderline fanatical guests on like members from the nbpp, the noi, or anyone who gets scolded for making hateful remarks and such. It's even more disturbing how the media's silent treament of guests who have a track record of making bigoted remarks and are WHITE.
People need to be more media literate. These are the questions I ask myself as it relates to media:
1) WHO is communicating and why? This refers to advertisers, producers, TV networks, etc. Keep in mind that there may be more than one person or group speaking and they may be doing so for different reasons.
2) WHAT TYPE of text (or medium) is it? Is it television, film, a book, a photograph, magazine, etc.? A combination?
3) HOW is it produced?
4) HOW do we know what it means? What kinds of social and cultural images or communication patterns does the media project use to allow people to read the meaning?
5) WHO receives it and what sense do they make of it? What kinds of different groups is the media project targeted for?
6) How does it PRESENT its subject? What styles or aesthetic codes are being used?
>Whenever the media bring up race, affirmative action or some >subject that is important to us as african americans, they >tend to bring on to their shows, mediocre, nationalists, or >just borderline fanatical guests on like members from the >nbpp, the noi, or anyone who gets scolded for making hateful >remarks and such.
So it becomes even more apparent who is communicating and why.
>It's even more disturbing how the media's >silent treament of guests who have a track record of making >bigoted remarks and are WHITE.
To me it's not disturbing at all...it's expected. That's why strategies to address critical thinking about media consumption is critical.