Largely due to centuries old and decades old policies that has their roots firmly embedded in American colonialism and neo-colonialism, African Americans deportment around issues that negatively affect its culture ought to be an uncompromising one.
One of the first steps African Americans could take to achieve a cultural identity proportionate to its exclusive distinctions is to take control of its own narrative, and that involves establishing a robust television news network.
Accordingly, given the kinds of monopoly, exploitation, and institutionalized practices held by America’s white-owned media, African Americans cannot trust that their narratives and interests will be given any undivided attention. Therefore, their whole culture should coagulate around an independent media, particularly a 24-hour cable TV news service equal to that of an ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, or NBC network. Otherwise, African Americans and what is important to black culture in general will continue to be marginalized and/or censored by America’s mainstream media, the United States government, and/or parties who are complicit, including corporations hired under contract.
From biased news coverage to cherry-picked coverage to a lack of focus, the mainstream news media has fundamentally mocked African American and black culture to the point where the industry as a whole has profited enormously from its news and entertainment exploits of the culture. However, adequate reporting on things and events that would both inform and inspire African Americans and black culture has lagged behind. One might only need to take an elementary look at the mainstream media’s boardrooms and anchor chairs to rationalize these assertions. Don’t be fooled by all the industry’s hoopla. Mainstream media advocates for cultural unity, but how the industry is actually organized and performs its work teaches us command and control instead.
Finally, if One America News Network can appear out of nowhere to reach its target audience, why can’t the same happen for a dedicated African American News Network; no offshoots, but rather African American owned and operated?