Another white man busted for making racially insensitive remarks about black people, another opportunity for white people to defend another one of their own. Too many good people think like the Dog to think that there’s anything wrong with his racial tirade. Too many good, non racist white people feel that all black people want to do is wait until some white person slips up and accidentally use the word nigger in a sentence six times, takes them to court, and seize all their worldly assets. Why? Probably because more white people are being exposed as the racist they happen to be these days. Too many people are saying something retarded like,
He’s not exactly racist. He’s just worried about looking like a racist. If you listen carefully he only uses nigger six times. A white person would have to use the nigger word at least a dozen times in a single sentence before it starts to look suspicious. Well I’m confused because now I don’t know what to call them. This is a gray area that we need to use to start a dialog that will help heel our wounds and help quell the racial overtones of America. It’s not like he was hanging a noose or anything.
But this article isn’t about Dog. Yeah he’s a racist. But what the hell, some white celebrity is being busted for their blatant racism on a daily basis these days. What else is in the news? The bigger problem I’m having with this story is the fact that all these black television news anchors who act like they’re just reporting on the weather when these stories of racism are constantly popping out the woodwork.
The people on CNN are good for this. Tony Harris reports stories of nooses and interviews the people who are most closely associated to the event as if he, as a black man, just doesn’t understand what the fuss is all about. Maybe he doesn’t understand because he’s trying so hard to detach himself from the black community. I watched Mr. Harris do his story on one of the recent noose hangings and he’s interviewing the target of this heinous act and he’s asking a question like, So tell me, you find a noose hanging from the ceiling fan in your personal office, why make a big deal of it?
Don Lemon is another black anchor who acts like he doesn’t have a clue as to why people in the black community would get upset over something so overtly racist. He is interviewing a panel of guess and they’re talking about the racially offensive comments from Dog “Did I Say That?” the Bounty Hunter and he starts the discussion with a question to one of the black panelist, Why is this so offensive? The black panelist, I can’t remember who it was, should have turned the question back on him and say, Excuse me Mr. Lemon but you look black, why do you think it’s offensive?
These black anchors will tell a story about offensive acts of racism with such a professional detachment. But the next story will be about a cat that suffered from cancer and how some Boy Scout troop in Beverly Hills adopted the cat and came up with the money to pay the vet bill by washing the cars of all the millionaires in their neighborhood. The Boy Scout story would be told with such feeling and obvious body language of compassion that our heart strings cannot help but be touched. The black anchor will start rubbing his temples as if he’s under so much anguish when he reports that the I-5 interchange in Oakland, California has suffered yet another accident that threatens the smooth flow of traffic in the area for an entire afternoon. If these stories can be told with such compassion and feeling, what’s the problem with showing a little compassion to the black community when we suffer the indignity of having another noose thrown in our faces?
Just like every news anchor show visible signs of compassion for the cute little puppy that fell down the well, it should be natural for black anchors to show some kind of physical reaction at having to report another racist act. When the black anchor doesn’t react it reinforces the notion that this might not be as offensive as the black community would like for it to appear. If the black anchor is able to disengage and keep this in perspective why can’t more black people do it?
The black anchor’s disassociation actually helps to minimize the outrage from the black community. It will give other black people pause when they should be voicing their own outrage. Some people will see the lack of a reaction from the black role model on the television set and will fail to react to the story at all. Even the white anchor’s voice will drop a bit with the seriousness of racism. But the black anchor? He or she might as well be reporting the weather.
The story of the six young black men in Jena, Louisiana has finally reached CNN, the most trusted name in news. I was watching the Cable News Network for the latest in government propaganda, corporate news releases, and the latest on entertainers living like gangsters when Tony Harris gave a little heads up and background information on what was being featured later in the evening. I cannot stress the word “little” enough. If this is the most trusted name in news then we are in some serious trouble.
Tony Harris turned to his anchor associate and started to explain the amazing and breaking story behind the racism in Jena, Louisiana that started nearly a year ago. The black anchorman started the synopsis on the up and up. Some black kids at the local school went to sit under a tree previously reserved for white kids. The next day three nooses were hanging from the tree. The officials in Jena dismiss the event as little more than a childish prank. Boys will be boys after all. A month later the school suffers a fire that people in the area believe to be related to the build up of racial tensions in the small town. Black kids attacked a lone white kid seriously injuring the boy. And now the six young men are facing serious charges of attempted murder.
Mr. Harris was probably intentionally trying to leave out important facts related to the story to give the CNN watching public the impression that the black community is being overly sensitive to this latest (if you can call something that happened a year ago the latest) slight (according to some black people who stand ready to minimize the insensitivity of their dominating handlers) from the white community. Lord knows, based on crime statistics pulled out of the ass of totally impartial pundits and social conservatives, black people look for any opportunity to justify cracking somebody’s head wide open. So it only stands to reason that by eliminating just a few key details the media conglomerate can pique people’s interest to see what triggered black people’s collective, neurotic temper now.
But a lie of omission is still a lie. In fact, a lie of omission by an agency claiming to be an accurate and impartial reporter of happenings is far worse than just a standard mistruth. People are quick to accept what the representatives of CNN “report” without thinking twice about its validity. By giving only half the story in order to sell the idea that there may be a murky uncertainty as to what actually happened the news network has actually initiated another front in the perpetuation of racial propaganda in order to sell their upcoming story to the trusting public.
Mr. Harris may have been somewhat embarrassed about his participation in this racial propaganda. Normally Mr. Harris is confident in his news delivery looking straight into the camera and spewing facts without stuttering as if he was the commander in chief trying to downplay the fact that nearly four thousand American troops have lost their lives in the war on terror. But Mr. Harris turned his entire body to his co-anchor and kept his eyes downward on the floor. Mr. Harris stuttered as he searched for the right words to say as if struggling just to get through the moment. Mr. Harris’ strong and pleasant generic personality was replaced by a personality that was trying to hide. For a minute at least it looked like Mr. Harris regretted his line of work, but only for a minute.
CNN was careful to leave out details such as the prosecutor for Jena, Louisiana threatened the children in the black community that their lives would disappear with the stroke of his pen if they didn’t behave. The fact that a black young man was hit over the head with a glass bottle and spent time in hospital for attending a party in a white neighborhood long before the young white man was attacked. The young white man that was so viciously attacked by the six young black men and sustained such serious and obviously life threatening injuries was released after spending just two hours in hospital for a black eye and was attending a school function that same night. Chances are the first ninety minutes of his hospital visit was spent in the emergency waiting room. Black students were threatened with a shot gun from a white student and when they managed to wrestle the gun from the white student. The black students were charged with the theft of a firearm while the white student was not charged with anything.
Had CNN bothered to keep everything on the level without eliminating any of the pertinent facts I’m sure there would have been no difference in the number viewers tuning in to get CNN’s factual take on what was going on. But the reporting of actual facts, even after nearly a year after the whole situation started takes second place to ratings and the continuation of racial propaganda based on black community stereotypes. For a far more accurate report of the Jena Six, please click here.