The media doesn’t care about black people

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.

el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcom X)

January 7, 2015.  Two gunmen forced their way into the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, and killed 12 people. Charlie Hebdo has attracted worldwide attention for its regular depictions of Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

January 9, 2015. In anticipation of presidential elections Boko Haram massacred up to 2,000 (reports now are estimated at ~200) innocent women, children and men in the northeastern Nigerian city of Boga.

Two tragedies in the span of two days and yet only one was reported around the clock by the media. Only one was actually called a terrorist attack. I wondered the same thing last week when an explosive device was detonated outside the NAACP headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO. Why did it take CNN more than 16 hours to even mention anything about it on its website? And even longer to mention it on air? That bombing wasn’t labeled a terrorist attack. Is it because no one was harmed in the bombing?

The bombing of churches, meeting places and homes of prominent Black people and/or organizations as a means of intimidation and retaliation is a decades old practice in this country. It’s rooted in hate, bigotry and terrorism. Yet what happened in Colorado Springs wasn’t labeled a terrorist attack. It wasn’t even reported.

I’m tired of the media having carte blanche to label what they want terrorism. Twelve people were killed at a newspaper and it’s a terrorist attack because the perpetrators of this crime were Brown, Muslim people. I don’t remember James Holmes being labeled a terrorist in 2012; he also murdered twelve people and injured 58 people. Also, in 2012 when 26 people (including 20 children) were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School questions were asked about the mental well-being of the killer instead of calling it a terrorist attack of great cowardice.

I can’t help but notice that the criminals in those two mass murders were White males. When mass murderers are Anglo-Saxon they are always described as lone wolves who are disturbed and needed the help that we failed to provide them. Even when the authorities do label a crime as “domestic terrorism” it’s often under reported and placed on the “back page”. When a Black man loses his job and cuts the head off of someone at his job no one questioned his mental-well being but instead it was reported that he recently converted to Islam.

What does this have to do with genocide that happened last week in Boga, Nigeria? The media narrates a story to a demographic to get ratings in order to generate advertising revenue. The general public is enamored with what happened at Charlie Hebdo because it looked like something out of a movie and people tuned in. Not too many people in this country care about what happens in “third world” countries until it actually effects what happens here (read: ebola). Its willful ignorance that allows media to tell us what is important and what is not.

This is why I’m more prone to seek out independent or international media to find out what’s going on in the world. More than likely mainstream media is slow on reporting stories that the Black community actually cares about. I found about Michael Brown’s murder through twitter and Eric Garner’s murder through tumblr. Once these mainstream media outlets check their social media accounts they’ll be late to the party in reporting what they should have been on top of in the first place. This same thing happened when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in Chibok. The media was slow to report and once the celebrities stopped speaking about it, the media followed suit.

I’m weary of main stream media and its bias. I usually expect such shenanigans from Fox News but CNN is just as biased as well as incompetent. Even MSNBC is problematic in its own right. I don’t see this trend changing anytime soon so I will continue to get my news from independent media.

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9 thoughts on “The media doesn’t care about black people

  1. Gem

    great post. head of nail? thoroughly hit.

    can we have a moritorium on the word terrorism?? i’m soooooo tired of it. its overused, misused, oversensationalized and underused. Boko Haram are actively terrorizing Nigerian citizens but yet there is no attention to the plight of these people being killed or carted away.

    the real terror is that mainstream media is putting up smoke screens to detract from issues that actual matter/effect to “colored” humanity. the media makes it clear every day that only white lives and white dollars matter. every thing else is subject to attention if the mainstream can find an edgy angle. SMFH.

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    1. madscientist7 Post author

      thanks. yeah terrorism is a word i want to die a slow agonizing death.

      i think i’m done with cable news. i just can’t do it anymore. Wu brought up some good points with bbc and al jezerra.

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  2. Wu Young, Agent of M.E.

    Good post!

    24 hour news has destroyed America’s ability to be informed. Sure with so many sources out there you can be affirmed all day but you will not being informed. We pick the choir of which pulpit we want to sit behind. Whether it’s Fox, CNN, or MSNBC we’re losing.

    Their word usage when it comes to labeling stories mold the viewers thoughts before they get the chance to listen any further. I use Reuters, NPR/PRI, AL Jezerra, and the BBC now. What’s worse is that the last two seemed to do American news way better than their domestic counterparts.

    Question for you, Tunde. I may have asked you this before but what’s up with the Nigerian army in response to Boko? Are they strapped with poor or corrupt leadership or being held back?

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    1. madscientist7 Post author

      My bad just responding. i’ve heard reports that in the north boko haram is better armed than the nigerian military which is hard for me to believe. i know we get some aid from chad since they’re right on the border but goodluck jonathan is a complete fuck up.

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      1. Wu Young, Agent of M.E.

        I was thinking Goodluck was an idiot but I wasn’t sure.

        Interesting about the Nigerian army. Last time I checked they had the fifth largest squad on the continent behind the Egyptians (my tax dollars at work), Algerians, Ethiopians, and the South Africans. Could be a crisis of leadership.

    2. Gem

      yep – BBC and Al Jezerra are the first places I look for validating news and finding out whats happening. NPR is the second tier. they are great sources

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    3. madscientist7 Post author

      Crazy thing about the military is that they are also corrupt themselves. I’m surprised that they haven’t tried taking Goodluck out in a coup d’état. Maybe because Goodluck is corrupt as well one hand washes the other.

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