I can’t imagine too many people in America have missed the developments around the Shirley Sherrod incident over the past two weeks. The hopes are that we’ve put the issue to rest and it won’t happen again…NOT! I shall happen again—and again, and again and again. The fact that we failed to address this issue from the top down means that it got stuck somewhere between the bottom and the middle; which means that it has room to rise. With the several apologies and many denials, there are a few things that still bother me about the Shirley Sherrod controversy.
Archive for July 2010
Since I cut cable out of my life about eight weeks ago, I’ve noticed a phenomenon that I didn’t notice before and I don’t like. I come across this occurrence whenever I’m browsing channels on network TV, but I first noticed it when I had cable. America, in all it’s diversity, pays attention to it’s minority populations…at least blacks and Latinos. The more TV I watch (maybe five hours per week, including “60 Minutes” and “The Simpsons”), the more I see that blacks and Latinos are featured—as hardluck cases.
Injustice is nothing new to the black people of America. From Slavery to Jim Crow; from legislative disenfranchisement to judicial whitewashing, the repetition of injustice rears it’s ugly head again and again…contemporary events only remind us that there is no such thing as “post-racial America” and my position is that we not allow the mainstream media—or conservative idealists—to make this an acceptable term. There is no such thing as “post-racial America.”
Have you ever wondered why it is when countries like Canada are pictured and pitched to us in popular media, we never see black people? Canada has a population of 33.7 million people with an 80% urban population. We know that Canada was the “promised land” for those enslaved in the United States. So with that said, why don’t we ever see blacks mentioned when you hear Canada?