It doesn’t take a communications degree for African Americans to realize that having minimum control over its cultural narrative is just as oppressive as being enslaved itself; and that any preemptive or arbitrary silencing of a collective voice is likened to being held by a steel ball and chain. Moreover, the African American plight often gets muddled by various media outlets defining it, particularly from sources other than ourselves. Nevertheless, here’s a realistic view of the African American plight.
And so, let’s not get distracted by the glamour of mainstream news media, as history teaches us the industry has not necessarily been news-friendly toward African American Black culture, when in fact — the industry has precipitated bad press that stigmatized the African American Black community for decades. — America, we must hold the news industry accountable for its contribution to African American Black oppression, too, not only in America but for affecting negative perceptions throughout the globe.
It’s critical, African-American Black culture must acquire its own 24-hour global news network, one equal in stature to the ABC’s, CBS’, CNN’s, FOX’s and MSNBC’s/NBC’s of America, and to be managed by the same. Incidentally, CBS and MSNBC appear to be the only two networks with black men in their upper executive ranks.
Image captured from private TV.