It doesn’t take a communications degree for African Americans to realize that having minimum control over their 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, this video provides a realistic view of the African American plight.
And so, let’s not get distracted by the glamour of mainstream media, as history teaches us the industry has not necessarily been news-friendly toward black culture, when in fact, the industry has precipitated bad press that stigmatized the black community for decades. In the United States, we must hold the news industry accountable for its contribution to black oppression. Perhaps not only in the U.S. but by holding the industry accountable abroad as well.
Image captured from private TV.