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European Images Of Beauty

There is a commercial that has a little white girl walking by a billboard with an extremely thin white woman modeling black bikini underwear.  The girl stops and takes a look at the billboard.  From the perspective of the viewing audience we are suddenly pulled into the bikini clad billboard to see another billboard of a close up of a photogenic white woman with professionally applied makeup.  Without stopping we’re pulled into that billboard to see another billboard of another bikini clad, thin but athletic white woman.  And after that we’re pulled into another billboard of a white woman in bikini clad underwear caught running along the beach.  We are pulled through into another billboard of an image of a white woman barely dressed, and then another billboard of a white woman in makeup, and the process is repeated over and over again with young women with standards of beauty from a European perspective.

The images stop.  The commercial suddenly shows the little white girl sitting on a couch in a living room.  The little girl is apparently unhappy and looking a little insecure with herself.  She is wearing baggy clothes and is in a pose with her legs pressed against her body trying to minimize how much people can see of her.  A message appears on the screen that says girls are under more pressure than ever.  The commercial is for a self-esteem workshop created by Dove beauty products.

Obviously the concern is that we are feeding our little girls images of beauty and female body standards that not many people can ever hope to achieve.  The images of the women on the billboards have probably been manipulated to make their waist smaller, their bosoms rounder, their stomachs flatter, their legs longer and their smiles whiter among a number of other things.  The little white girl is made to feel inferior and insecure with her own body image.  That’s unfortunate.

But what about the little black girl?  In the Dove commercial, not a single image of an extremely beautiful, obviously black woman was played.  What affect does such propaganda have on the development of the little black girl’s self esteem?  What affect does the constant barrage of white beauty images combined with the absolute lack of black beauty images have on our collective psychological makeup and in the development of our racial relationships?

Little black girls see the same images of European standards of beauty that the little white girl sees and will develop an even more inadequate sense of self esteem over their inability to meet the minimum beauty requirements.  And then we wonder why our beautiful black women spend so much time trying to bleach their skin to appear lighter.  We watch and wonder why so many curvaceous black women work so hard to achieve near anorexic levels of body mass.  It’s why so many black women work so hard and spend so much time trying to transform their naturally kinky hair into something that resembles the covering of a horse’s ass.  Our culture is one that regularly rejects black people for embracing hairstyles that more accurately reflects our ethnicity.  Black women who wear an afro to a job interviews might as well wear a sign around their neck saying angry black ho’.

Generally speaking while white girls have at least something in common with their high fashion white role models.  But black girls are the furthest removed from such images.  And while there may be unreasonably high standards of well known European beauty images paraded in front of the little white girl, there are a large number of other white female role models helping her develop her self esteem.  A white women came very close to clinching the Democratic nomination for the White House, a white woman is currently running for Vice President, and white women operate in both houses of the Congress as well as operating as Governors and other state level capacities.

There are white actresses that run the beauty spectrum from Angela Lansbury to Dakota Fanning.  There are a number of white women in business as chief executive officers such as Carly Fiorina and Arianna Huffington and Meg Whitman of eBay.  But who do black women have to serve as their role model to help them develop their self esteem?  Oprah Winfrey?  The last time Ms. Winfrey did anything to help anyone in the black community develop their self esteem was last never.  I don’t think Ms. Winfrey even knows that she’s black.  Her magazine O is the very epitome of European beauty standards.  But who can blame the rich, formerly black, female billionaire?  Ms. Winfrey is just as much a product of this culture that pretends black people don’t exist as anyone else.  Like most black women, Ms. Winfrey has embraced this culture that plays so heavily to the European standards to the point that she, like many other black celebrities who know their place, will perpetuate the stereotypical images of American beauty and poison the self esteem of little black girls along with little white girls everywhere.

It is wonderful that Dove is taking steps to help little white girls resist the stereotypical images of beauty and accept who they are.  It’s a daunting task considering the broad spectrum of propaganda that oozes from every orifice of media that says conform, consume, and obey.  But given that the restoration of a little girl’s self esteem is an awesome challenge, it pales in comparison to the challenge of helping little black girls develop their sense of self esteem without so much as a single powerful black image to help them not only accept who they are, but to accept their black community as well.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black Hair, Black in America, Black People, Black Women, Life, Racism, Thoughts

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  1. This is no doubt the ugly truth of the matter. Not to mention the black women of television, movies, theater, fashion and any other media you can think of pushes the European image of beauty.

    When was the last time you actually saw any black woman on television who did not have her hair chemically processed or have naturally curly, wavy or straight hair? Uh, never or close to it. Or when was the last time they didn’t put a biracial woman on the television to represent a black woman as if that is the default black lady?

    Yet, somehow it is important to teach the little white girl that she doesn’t have to be ashamed of being her imperfect self. While the black girl is ignored yet again. But the biggest problem is that you will have a lot of white and blacks alike who will fight you tooth and nail saying that this little white girl is representative of all the little girls in the world.

    Somehow the little black girl is supposed to learn the lesson that they are trying to teach through that little white girl. When the little black girl and the little white girl have TOTALLY different problems and totally different means of propaganda to deal with.

    This is unfortunately how this country is. Somehow blacks should see shows and other media of white people and be able to connect to it because “hey, what goes on in white lives mimics EVERYONE’S life.”

    Thanks for this, it is definitely needed. Unfortunately very few who NEED to see this will. But thanks anyway.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Thursday, October 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback theblacksentinel,

    It’s called trickle across self esteem. When others start feeling better about themselves, all this self esteem they will be feeling will trickle over to the black community and we will start feeling better about ourselves.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. What about all the beautiful teachers/doctors/dentist/secretaries/grocery store owners/real estate brokers/tellers/bank managers/every day people! We have many beautiful women in every day life, we don’t need the media to validate our beauty.

    Comment by Wadiya | Thursday, October 9, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the feedback Wadiya,

    You are correct, when we don’t look to the media we don’t need the media to validate our beauty. But many of us spend much of our time looking to the media to shape our image of the world whether it be through information or entertainment. How many of us will tune in to a television program to be entertained? How many of us pick up a magazine to find something to read? How many of us go to the movies to see the latest blockbuster? And every time we allow these images of media into our consciousness it affects our subconscious as well. So many girls have plan their wedding around what they’ve seen in a wedding magazine. So many people plan their vacation based on what they’ve seen on a travel show. And it goes on and on. People who don’t go to media for anything will not need any validation for anything. But people are foolish to think media doesn’t affect people’s behavior. People don’t pay millions of dollars for thirty seconds during a sport event to give money away. There is a cause and affect being played here.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 9, 2008 | Reply

  5. LMAO…Brother P, thank you very much for that pound of sarcasm in your reply to TBS’s comment….I have been badly in need of it this week!

    Comment by Mike Lovell | Thursday, October 9, 2008 | Reply

  6. Thanks for the feedback Mike Lovell,

    Glad to make your week! But I’m sorry to hear your week’ been so bad and I’m sorry I couldn’t do anything to make it any better earlier. But I hope you believe in the old adage better late than never.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 9, 2008 | Reply

  7. With all due respect,Black people should stop blaming everyone and everything under the sun for their low self esteem and inferiority compex.
    Nothing is stopping us today from praising and cherising ourselves. Black men are the ones who should be praising Black women.It is done that way in most cultures.We must stop blaming white people because we cannot find ourselves beautiful.
    If we look at the world with our own true, real eyes, we would find the only truth, that Black people are some of the most spectacular looking people on God’s earth.
    Thank God,my eyes work properly and the media cannot stop me from seeing that.

    Saludos,
    Ana

    Comment by Ana | Sunday, October 12, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thanks for the feedback Ana,

    I’m glad that you have a strong sense of self. But because you are a strong black person with a strong sense of self doesn’t mean that other black people are more impressionable and can be influenced by what is written and displayed constantly in the corporate media. People want to insist that no black person should fall under the influence of propaganda. But if such corporate propaganda was truly powerless, corporations wouldn’t be willing to spend millions of dollars to advertise their social messages. The exact opposite is true.

    The idea that all black people have to do is say “no” to the social programming that permeates practically every facet of our lives is ludicrous. Because I have a strong sense of self doesn’t mean that every black person is in the same position.

    To dismiss the racial social programming that has become part and parcel of our culture as powerless is akin to saying poor people should just stop complaining and get jobs or uneducated people should just get an education. People won’t change until they take the red pill that opens their eyes, their conscious to what is happening all around us. Thank god that your eyes are working properly and you are able to discern reality from propaganda. But I’m not ready to just let to sit back and relax without trying to wake up everybody so they can see this on their own. Too bad you cannot see the situation more clearly with a more socially oriented perspective.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, October 12, 2008 | Reply

  9. I don’t believe you understood me at all.I believe we should be more proactive and stop blamimg the media. We can do more.I seldom hear black men here in the United States praising Black women.On the other hand, many have contributed to the denigration of their own women.

    Here it appears to be a rule by many Black men that it is something that is not supposed to be done at all.

    Hey, I am Afro Panamanian and our men never [cease] to praise us.They do it so often, beginning with our dads, that I believe it is the very reason why some cultures have a healthier self esteem.

    Most men believe their women( from their ethnic group) are all that.Do you believe some of the immigrants living in the States give a hoot about how the media here sees them.Chinese are hardly represented anywhere on tv.

    Over here,I often hear too much from Blacks of how Whites see non-whites. There is an outer world out there that Black people live in that gives us room to maneuver in and control aspects of our lives.

    It is ironic that even now I am hearing so many Black men talking about how Sarah Palin is so attractive. These men have not even noticed that Michelle Obama is much more attractive.
    I hardly hear Black American men praising Ms. Obama for her beauty, poise and stateliness. What is the case? Many are waiting for the White media to give the go ahead signal.

    Look, I am all for improving things. I go out the way to praise young Black people all the times when they deserve it. We can, and need to start from somewhere.

    Saludos,
    Ana

    Comment by Ana | Sunday, October 12, 2008 | Reply

  10. Ana,

    What black man contributes to the denigration of women who is not a product of corporate media? How can you say black men in your neck of the woods praise black women but black men else where don’t? Is it possible that you are looking at products of corporate media to formulate your opinion of black men?

    Chinese may not be represented very much on television or in other media sources. But when they are represented, stereotypically they are generally portrayed as studious, factitious, and have higher than average intelligence. If that is the foundation of your argument it is not very strong. When the few black men you see in media are represented in the urban black environment, they pretty much follow the same formula as stereotypical thug or hip hop wannabe.

    I don’t know what black men you are using to formulate your opinion of black men. But I have yet to run across any black man who praises Sarah Palin and I live in the heart of the black community. In fact, the majority of the black men that I talk to think she’s an idiot. I have to confess that Michelle Obama has not come across our conversations very often. But when she does the review is favorable. And I have praised Ms. Obama in this blog on several occasions. But I do want to be careful because Ms. Obama is not the one running for any public office. That is the reality of the black community seen through the lens of first hand experience and not through media.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, October 12, 2008 | Reply

  11. Ana,

    I understand that you feel that black men praising us will do us a world of good. I agree that it would be helpful. My father also praised his girls often. Growing up I felt praised by the men who were trying to get to know me. But did that negate the fact that the media was trying to sell me and others this European standard of beauty? NO!

    Yes, Chinese or any Asian people do not see enough of themselves in the media. Do you think that this is one of the reasons that surgery on Asian eyelids to make their eye look more European is on the rise? YES! So it isn’t only blacks that have this issue.

    Is the European standard of beauty being pushed onto us all causing the Latino community to bleach their hair in an attempt to look more European? YES! There are plenty of incidences where minorities are overcome with the constant programming of the media.

    It is not “PLAYING THE BLAME GAME” to acknowledge that the media is in the game to push “a look” or pushing certain products that we as minorities don’t need. But if you make them THINK they need it then they need it whether they do or not. We don’t have a NEED to straighten our hair, but they have pushed this straight hair agenda on us. Thus producing our perceived NEED of hair straightener to make us look the “WAY WE SHOULD”, according to the media and dominant community.

    We can’t just always say ignore them. If that was so easy and the only way, then they wouldn’t need commercials for little white girls who are consuming the same tripe and getting hurt doing so. They would just tell those little white girls to ignore them and just say no. Obviously there is more to this programming than just tuning it out.

    Don’t you think that if you are in a society that sets the norms of how and what people look like, people will work hard to look the part. Everyone wants to be considered the norm. Not many people want to be and look different. So we need to stop constantly saying that looking at a problem is passing the blame.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Sunday, October 12, 2008 | Reply

  12. theblacksentinel,

    Thanks for the feedback. It is very true that Asians are trying to assimilate to European standards of beauty. And even though we think we are be able to resist what the media is pushing onto our subconscious, how we respond in certain situations tells the truth.

    The black man who walks down the street late at night and sees another black man will prepare himself for a possible fight because he has been taught to fear other black men. Michelle Obama, beautiful black woman that she is and role model to black girls everywhere, straightens her hair to remove as much of the kinkiness as possible without going bald.

    The other day I saw P. Diddy doing a commercial where he’s living the good life while a Frank Sinatra song is playing instead of one of his own or something he may have produced himself. Why? He wants to perpetuate the propaganda that white is quintessentially better.

    Even Asians go out of their way to have their eyelids rounded and less almond shaped.

    If we are going to improve things we cannot downplay one of the most destructive driving forces to our own self image. People want to minimize the affects of corporate propaganda while all the time reinforcing everything about such propaganda. Until we realize this as a collective we are less likely to try and overcome and do our best to assimilate.

    With this constant bombardment to conform to a certain look, those who most closely appear to be the standard will have a much easier time being accepted than those who do not. It is not rocket science. It is a matter of fact.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, October 12, 2008 | Reply

  13. I am not minimizing corporate media. I want us to do more that’s all. Brother peacemaker, I think we are on the same page.This is not going to happen overnight. But I have noticed that there is great difference between Black men based on their area of origins.Brothers from the Caribbean region and the Central American countries that border the Caribbean are ten times more respectful and appreciative of Black women than African American men.

    Blacksentinel, I am sure our parents generation understood pretty well what they were up againts.I don’t know how old you are;But I am sure it was even worst during our parents’ days.They gave it a fight and many raised children with healthy self esteem. At least in my neck of the woods.

    When I was a child my father had prohibited my mom from straightening our(my sisters and I) hair.My mom would sneak sometimes and pass the hot comb through our hair for Easter and the holidays.To my dad, curly and natural hair was fine. His sisters never straightened their hair.All through high school, I wore my hair naturally curly.

    It was after I emigrated to this country that I began to straighten my hair.I believe a lot can be done in the very homes. I learned to appreciate and love what Black is from my parents who taught me that Black is always beautiful.As a matter of fact I have noticed that my parents generation have a very healthy self esteem.

    Folks today don’t seemed to be able to understand the battle we are up against.There need to be a serious agenda geared at raising the self esteem of young Black children, especially girls or else this will never end.

    Comment by Ana | Sunday, October 12, 2008 | Reply

  14. Ana,

    I would like to think that we are on the same page. But I’m not quite sure. For example, your original comment started with the implication that “Black people should stop blaming everyone and everything under the sun for their low self esteem and inferiority complex.” Never have I said or implied that black people need to blame all of the problems of the black community on someone else. I don’t think saying that the influence from corporate America is a contributing factor is blaming everyone else.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, October 12, 2008 | Reply

  15. well unfortunately the media establishment barely registers that black people let only women are worthy of esteem or any sort of consideration, if the dove commercial was about horrible representation of women i only wonder how many black women we would have seen!!!
    luckily i am strong, but i know others who are not, sad but true!

    Comment by louise | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  16. Thanks for the feedback louise,

    It’s good to see another strong black woman who recognizes what is happening. Too many strong blacks want to dismiss the affects of the corporate media influence and simply say that black people need to do better. Some of us can and do make the choice to do better. But even more will do better when we recognize the influence of corporate media programming and take the steps necessary to counter it effectively.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  17. My only problem here is I hardly noticed efforts from people recognizing that Black men and Black people can contribute by praising and commenting on how beautiful Black women and Black people are.
    Just assuming that the media alone is to do it is to be naive.I have met many Black folks who have healthy self esteem simply becuase their daddies, relatives and their loved ones told them they were all that, and spectacularly beautiful.

    Just in case no one knows this, there are ethnic groups living all over the United States and around the globe whose men spend all day talking about how beautiful their women are.As a matter of fact many of them look at the tv ads and then say, “our women are ten times prettier than those women on the tv.

    Maybe if Black people do more the media, will pick up on it ;I don’t believe that it is up to the media alone.

    Saludos,
    Ana

    Comment by Ana | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  18. Ana,

    So basically it is your contention that it is the fault of black men for not working harder to counter the affects of the media. That is a bit ridiculous. If that were the case then they would not need a commercial about the affects of the media on those little white girls. Since all they really need is to hear their daddy say they are beautiful and everything is honky dory.

    I for one like to look at life in a realistic view. I understand that there are blacks in all corners of the earth, that is not the issue. But here in the USA media and the country as a whole are pushing a certain look that is not only most acceptable but the MOST beautiful. They have done tests asking little black girls which doll is the most beautiful and the majority of them chose a white doll over a black doll. That speaks volumes about THIS COUNTRY.

    The post is NOT WRITTEN to represent every black person that lives in every country. It is about the problem for blacks and the media in AMERICA. So no that we understand this, we can look at the American media and its lure, hold and brainwashing of black people. Not just women, but men and children of both sexes.

    And no matter how you slice it, daddy telling you that you are the most beautiful thing that ever walked on earth is NEVER enough to override what you receive from your peers and or media. How do you think that people get low self esteem? It isn’t ALWAYS because daddy didn’t say that you were cute. It was because your beauty did not resonate with what society views as beauty. Whether that be people of your own race, another race or the media. It all plays a part.

    And if people are getting their idea of beauty from the media then of course you won’t meet up to their standard of beauty being a minority. So it isn’t a matter of all black men praising black women and girls then somehow they won’t react to the images from the media. Or the society as a whole. So, no one says that it is media alone, but it is a large factor.

    Also, last point. You say that you straightened your hair once you came here to the states. Why is that? Was it because of the media or society standards that were born out of media standards?

    Thanks.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  19. Ana,

    I might be naive. In many respects I am. But I am not alone. You are naive if you think that a black man praising black women is going to repair the damage that is being placed on the black community. Black men praising black women is not going to do much to stop the social programming that does much to keep black people as an after thought instead of the priority in any given social situation. Your advice ranks right up there with people telling children to just say no to solve the drug problem here in the black community. You are beautiful! Yep! That’s all it takes to reverse the trend. I don’t know why the people at Dove soap are embarking on a multi million dollar campaign when all they have to do is tell little white girls they are beautiful. You could’ve saved them a lot of money.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  20. Hey, I have noticed that many Afro Caribbeans have a healthier self esteem than Afican Americans .Why is that? There has to be something they are doing right?

    Comment by Ana | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  21. Ana,

    There are plenty of white people with self esteem as well. Why Dove soap is bothering with a marketing campaign to help even more girls formulate an even healthier sense of self worth is beyond me. Again, they would do well just to tell them that they are beautiful and be done with it.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  22. I don’t give ten coconuts about Dove.

    What comes first, the egg or the chicken?Is the low self esteem only linked to the media, or was the low self esteem there before, deep ingrained in cultural values?
    Should we wait for the media to help us? Can the media that is contributing or aggravating the problem, solve it?

    All I know is that children raised in homes with a culture that carries an agenda that is strictly geared towards building their self worth, don’t have any problem living among those who falsely believe they are God’s gifts to the Creation.

    Blacksentinel: I have no problem wearing my hair naturally curly.I have a million and one different hairstyles, including natural ones. I have braided and done different natural things with my hair.

    We also need to stop thinking that women are all about hair. I have met many conscious Black women with hair straight down their back and unconscious ones with Afros, locks, etc..

    And as I have said before, there is one thing that Afro Caribbeans are doing that is right; because their children have healthier self esteems than African Americans. Let us look around, rather than wait on the media. The media is incapable of contributing to the upliftment of Black worth.

    Saludos,
    Ana

    Comment by Ana | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  23. Ana,

    Not one person is saying that the should come and save us. I think you should re-read the post. The post is saying that the media IS part of the problem. Society is the rest of the problem.

    And you quip about Afro Caribbeans having better self esteem than African Americans is bogus. I have seen just as many Afro Caribbeans playing into the European standard of beauty. They are using the same dumb ass products that are being thrust upon us in the US. So it isn’t a matter of those Afro Caribbean men laying out all that praise.

    You didn’t answer the question WHY DID YOU BEGIN TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR? Not how many hair styles you have. I have a lot of hairstyles to and I don’t straighten my hair any longer. I straightened my hair as a teenager because I was following the standard of beauty set for black women by blacks as well as whites who are pushing a Eurocentric look of beauty. Now I can be honest about that. I don’t know what your reason is for straightening your hair.

    Most people have every excuse in the world as to why they started doing it. It is because we are striving to fit into a society that tells us that we would look better if our hair is straight. We would be happier and get more men looking at us if our hair is straight. That is called programming. The same programming from the media that is being discussed.

    Now I don’t know what kind of childhood you had. But I know for sure that when children begin to go to school their parents can say all day that they look great and don’t need those trendy pants etc. to be beautiful. But if all the kids at school are poking fun at you, it is only a matter of time before you and anyone else gives in to the pressure.

    Sure there are some who don’t. I mean I never had the fad gear and didn’t want any. But I am not very social anyway. But coming from the same family with the same values and the same love and praise from my dad, my sisters DID want that fad gear. Why because they believed the hype. We ALL see the media in one form or another. Either on television, radio, magazines, school books, any books, billboards and just about everywhere.

    It is all around us. So please stop acting as if a black man whether he is Afro Caribbean or African American just needs to somehow do more to stop all that input from media is just ridiculous. But that is the problem with our community now. People continuously saying that we should somehow not pay attention to racism or whatever and just look inside and it will all just go away. It is a joke and I for one am sick of hearing it.

    If that is all it took then there wouldn’t be any black women straitening their hair, lightening their skin, praising the lightest of our flock or anything of that sort. But we are Blanche! (inside joke) And that isn’t going away with a little special attention from black men. In fact black men are paying attention, to the stereotypical woman from the media that most black women are striving to be. So there you have it.

    Thanks.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  24. Ana,

    You may not give ten coconuts about Dove. Sounds like you don’t give any coconuts to understanding the foundation of the black community’s problems either. If you did, you would understand exactly why you should give coconuts about the relationship of the problem at hand. Just because you may believe that corporate media is incapable of contributing to the uplift of black worth does not mean that the converse is not true. Corporate media is very capable of contributing to reinforcing the subjugation of the black community. Things may be wonderful for all the Afro Caribbeans. Let us all give applause and ten coconuts for Afro Caribbeans! But this article is about the African American community and its relationship to the propaganda being published in corporate media.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  25. Blacksentinel:
    I don’t trust anyone else to solve the problems and the ramifications of racism, but members of the Black community. Fifty years from now, the media will still be disregarding Black people if we don’t close the doors and strenghten the ties and values within our families and communitites.

    This country is changing, it is not the same one of fifty years ago.Today, many Blacks living in the United States come from all over this planet.Many of us are not sitting back worrying about how the media sees us. Some of us do not watch tv or even listen to what they have to say.

    One last thing, I do care about the African American community.I work with young inner city Black children.And I tell them out blank that they are all that.And it works.This will be my last post on this subject, because I noticed that I am being misunderstood and perceived as insensitive.

    Adiós

    Comment by Ana | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  26. Ana,

    No one here is proposing the corporate media can solve all the problems of the black community. Where did you get such an idea? It appears you may have come to this blog with a lot of baggage from somewhere else. Black people who come from other places are not as ignorant to what is happening in corporate American media as you may claim. Many black people from other places watch television, read newspapers, read magazines, read books, go to movies, read bill boards, talk to other people, listen to the radio, listen to music, watch music videos, surf the net, and etcetera. Yes it is true that some people chose to remain ignorant to what’s going on. But this is not the norm. And it doesn’t matter how often you tell black inner city youths that they are special. Corporate media will tell everyone around those youths that they are second class citizen and are less than their peers. The society around the children that does listen to corporate media will fill in the blanks.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, October 13, 2008 | Reply

  27. Ok, we are getting very heated here, there is no need for anyone to pit any black community against one and other, i speaking as an “afro caribbean” (what a pc term) i say even with my bias that the menfolk do tend to be very much on the agenda to praise us (in general everyone has jerks!) but then again i only know 10 african american’s so maybe my sample is biased.
    why can’t we all work together to aid our problems collectively instead of tearing up each other. there are bigger problems that we as a people (all of the diaspora) have to face instead of being competetive in a non-constructive way!!!

    Comment by louise | Wednesday, October 15, 2008 | Reply

  28. louise,

    Unfortunately you are very correct. The black community does spend a lot of time defending and attacking each other rather than coming together to speak about the issues of the black community collectively. Divide and conquer is the term for it. And the black community stands very divided and very conquered.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, October 15, 2008 | Reply

  29. Malcom said-“better a processed piece and a natural head, than a natural piece and a processed head.” That was then. Who’d have thought, I said to myself, when my girlfriend walked in yesterday with her Michelle Obama conk. Yes, I know, it’s called “relaxed” now. Well, she ain’t relaxed. She’s off the boat from Haiti, and when I met her, she had nice natural hair. Now, she’s sitting around on anti-depressants looking at fashion mags of scary white women with lots of hair and make-up. Multi-million dollar industry. The days of Black is Beautiful replaced by two decades of White is Right. Meanwhile, black women are getting sick from the chemicals and blowing millions on toxic crap so that they can look like Tamils. Let’s not kid outselves,Condi, and now Obama and Michelle are the new face of the American Empire. If you only could see the effect of contemporary afro-american “culture” on the rest of the non-white world, perhaps you’d stop talking in circles, rationalizing all the compromises you’ve made so that you could enjoy a piece of the American pie.

    Comment by blogstarman | Friday, January 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback blogstarman,

      But who here hasn’t made compromises? Even Malcolm made compromises. No one is immune. So are we just supposed to tolerate conditions because we make compromises? Or should we try to affect change through awareness? Even Malcolm had to wake up to his confusion. And the contemporary Afro-American culture that gets exported isn’t even close to being my culture. It is a formulated product of corporate America designed to sell an image of the black community to the black community and the rest of the world.

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, January 23, 2009 | Reply


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