Monday, July 25, 2005

TWO SIDES........


I FOUND THESE TWO ARTICLES BOTH REFERING TO THE NATALEE HOLLOWAY CASE. THE FIRST ARTICLE QUESTIONS WHY YOUNG BLACK WOMEN DON’T RECEIVE THE SAME COVERAGE AS YOUNG WHITE WOMEN DO WHEN THEY DISAPPEAR.
YOU COULD ALSO GO BACK TO THE RUNAWAY BRIDE CASE FOR ANOTHER RECENT EXAMPLE.

THE FIRST ARTICLE ATTEMPTS TO MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN RACE AND MEDIA COVERAGE, AN OLD BUT FAIR ARGUMENT.
THE SECOND ARTICLE BY RON LEWIS TAKES YOU TO A COMMON SENSE CONCLUSION THAT THE REASON THE MEDIA FOCUSES IT COVERAGE ON WHITE WOMEN MORE IS BECAUSE BASICALLY (WHITE WOMEN WATCH THEIR PROGRAMS).

WHILE I DON’T DISAGREE WITH RON’T POINT, YOU HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THE NOTION IS A SCARY ONE.
"SINCE YOU NIGGERS DON’T WATCH CSI WE DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR DAUGHTERS……".HMMMMM.

MR LEWIS STATES IN HIS EDITORIAL THE FOLLOWING:
“Don’t preach to them that they deserve recognition just because they are Gay or Black – they don’t, it’s just that simple. And don’t lecture us for not coddling your brethren. I, and everyone I know, will gladly promise to treat each and Black, Gay, Albino, pygmy, etc., exactly as they deserve by their actions, capabilities and importantly, ability to benefit me.”
BINGO, IF YOU NIGGERS DON’T BENEFIT ME I HAVE NO USE FOR YOU.
FUCKS LIKE RON RUN RAMPANT IN OUR SOCIETY.
PEOPLE LIKE HIM ARE PART OF THE WAR NEGROS MUST FIGHT CONSTANTLY.
BUT FUCKS LIKE RON CAN GET THEIR TOES STEPPED ON AS WELL.

ONE JACKASS CAME INTO MY FACILITY LOOKING AROUND AND ON MY WAY TO THE RESTROOM I SPOTTED HIM AND ASKED IF I COULD HELP HIM, HE GAVE ME A FUCKED UP LOOK AND SAID NO AT FIRST, THEN RELUCTANTLY ASKED WHERE WERE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES.
(I WAS DRESSED CASUAL SO WHAT THE HELL COULD I BE BUT THE JANATOR.)
HE GOES AND TALKS TO THE RECEPTIONIST, I PASS HIM GOING BACK TO MY OFFICE; I GIVE THE RECEPTIONIST THE FINGER ACROSS THE THROAT SIGN, BECAUSE HE NEEDED INFORMATION FROM ME AFTER LISTENING TO HIM FOR A MOMENT.
I WAS NOT GOING TO HELP THAT FUCK WITH ANYTHING.
PRICKS LIKE THIS DUDE MAKES ASSUMPTIONS…….
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? THERE ARE MANY RON "TYPES" OUT THERE.
LIKE THE GUY IN MY EXAMPLE.
WHO DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT BLACKS AS “HUMAN BEINGS.” THAT GUY ASSUMED I COULD NOT DO ANYTHING FOR HIM SO WHY ASK FOR MY ASSISTANCE OR EVEN SPEAK TO ME.
I WAS NOT "POTENTIALLY" USEFUL TO HIM EVEN IN A SMALL WAY ……..LIKEWISE THE MEDIA……..
SO I GUESS THE MAJOR MEDIA TYPES LIKE KATIE COURIC, MATT LAURER…..THE GOOD MORNING AMERICA CREW, FOX AND FRIENDS WHATEVER COME TO THESE CONCLUSIONS WHEN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO AIR A STORY ABOUT A MISSING WHITE GIRL OR BLACK GIRL?
TOO FEW BLACK PEOPLE WATCH OUR SHOW OR BUY OUR SPONSORS PRODUCTS SO AXE THE STORY ON THE NEGRO KID.

IF MR. LEWIS, YOU THINK THE MEDIA IS THAT CALLOUS AND THE WHITE WORLD IS REFLECTIVE OF THAT, THEN WE ARE IN BIGGER TROUBLE THAN I THOUGHT.
THE CASE OF THE LITTLE BLACK GIRL IN KANSAS CITY TOLD ME ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NATIONAL MEDIA.
A 3 YEAR OLD IS MISSING, LATER FOUND DECAPITATED (WE WERE TOLD BY HEDGE CLIPPERS) AND NOBODY GAVE A SHIT ABOUT HER, VIRTUALLY NOTHING OUTSIDE KANSAS CITY.
I’M TALKING ABOUT SIMPLE HUMAN FEELINGS FOR ANOTHER HUMAN PARTICULARLY A YOUNG PERSON. IF THE MEDIA OR RON CAN’T SEE THE HUMAN TRAGETY OF "ANY" MISSING CHILD THEN THE WORLD IS MORE FUCKED UP THAN I IMAGINE IT TO BE.
I CAN ONLY HOPE THE LACK OF ATTENTION OF MISSING BLACK CHILDREN IS NOT DRIVEN BY ADVERTISING DOLLARS.

THE ARTICLES.......
Natalee Holloway And Missing Black Women

By Claxton Graham

On June 14, I posted an article here about Asha Degree, a nine-year old African-American girl who has not been seen alive since St Valentine’s morning back in 2000. I wrote that particular article to spotlight a case that has received a lot of attention here in the Charlotte area, but comparatively little on the national scene.

I want to call everyone’s attention to another, even more compelling, article that appeared in the July edition of Essence Magazine, on the same topic. That article, entitled “Have You Seen Her?” by Kristal Brent Zook, discusses the general nationwide silence in the media about missing black women. Specifically, it highlights the efforts of Rebekah Howard, a public-relations executive in Miami, to find her niece, 24-year-old Tamika Huston, who was last seen alive by her family in May, 2004, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Unlike Beth Holloway Twitty, who has become an overnight media fixture in her search for her daughter, Natalee Holloway, Rebekah Howard only succeeded in getting national attention for Tamika Huston’s case by consistently hounding the networks to cover the story, and even then only after other white women received attention. The article also profiles several other missing African-American women, and talks about one missing woman who managed to find her way home.

“Have You Seen Her?” should be required reading for anyone who still holds on to the belief that there is no correlation between race and media coverage in missing-persons cases. Even knowing what I know, it still opened my eyes. The article “Have You Seen Her?” is available at this link: Article

OTHER EDITORIAL (EDITED FOR LENGTH)

Natalee Holloway And Bigotry Towards Blacks


By Ron Lewis

Mr. Graham continues his woe-is-me tales of the Plight of Down Trodden Blacks in his article, "Natalee Holloway And Missing Black Women." Exhibiting the same irrational paranoia as his earlier article, "Hidden Racism and Where to Find It" (whose logic I completely debunked in "Hidden Racism – Visible Paranoia"), Mr. Graham seems to equate the media coverage of Natalee Holloway with bigotry towards blacks - since missing black girls are not receiving the same news coverage. What hogwash!!

Mr. Graham, let me fill you in on a basic truth, little Asha was not on the news for the same reason as my sock’s story was absent, and the others. The truth is that the Media limits its coverage to stories they believe (and million dollar surveys/polls prove) will increase ratings or sell more issues. Or, a second truth, their stories might – SHUDDER THE THOUGHT – reflect the target market of their Advertisers. For example, a large Medicare supplement insurance company could approach a station with budget, so the station signs up for Matlock reruns just to hit their intended audience of fogeys. That’s all, there’s no sinister conspiracy against Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, socks, dogs, or wayward mothers. You’re just paranoid, my good man.

Just suppose that survey came back with irrefutable evidence that the main reason stories of missing black girls don’t sell is because……..fewer Blacks watch those stations, or read those newspapers/magazines. WHOA Daddy, what a concept – those media outlets would be guilty of selecting news stories that directly appeal to……their audience!!!! Are there many Natalee Hollaway stories on BET? In Ebony or Jet? Or any other Black-centric media source? Probably not – doesn’t that mean they are racist, Mr. Graham?


Americans have no desire to celebrate the uniqueness of any one group – we’re a melting pot and proud of it. Tell your Black and Gay friends to be the best they can be and to seek recognition for that accomplishment only. Don’t preach to them that they deserve recognition just because they are Gay or Black – they don’t, it’s just that simple. And don’t lecture us for not coddling your brethren. I, and everyone I know, will gladly promise to treat each and Black, Gay, Albino, pygmy, etc., exactly as they deserve by their actions, capabilities and importantly, ability to benefit me. Are you a black, albino, gay pygmy that wants to buy my software – you got my respect. Ditto if you’ve those qualities but can’t buy software, if you have integrity, honesty, and intelligence. You’ll still get fair treatment from me if you have those qualities, yet lack intelligence. Yet lack those qualities, and I don’t care what color or sexual persuasion you exhibit.

2 Comments:

Blogger MALIBU JONES said...

OK,OK,OK,OK
I have several comments to make on this topic, first Mr Snoop, what kind of Black Professional are you to be using the N-word so casually, if a white person said that to you, would you laugh at him, would you talk shit at him, would you call him a cracker, would you swing on him or would you just shut the fuck up and say yesum boss? I say the latter, but I could be wrong, as sometimes I am
In my opinion people that use that word have no respect on what our parents and relatives before us went thru. I assume you know your history, before segregation, the Black Communities thrived because they have to do their own and take care of their own, there was no (niggers). You are not an entertainer, rapper, comedian, (or maybe you are, I don't know)they use this word in different context, it's not hurtful
or to call some one ignorant
that doesn't make it right,
but personally I am not one, and basically feel that since you use it so freely, maybe you are one. Take this as you will, as I assume you will.
As far as the little missing black girl, there are some strong points regarding the media outlets, No one knew about it until her body was found. and I heard about the black girl from down south on a nationally syndicated black radio show.
Now this white girl from Aruba, this is all you see, for the past few weeks. Ok, the girl is dead, killed by a Dutch boy, but it's still on. I have seen more media regarding the little black boy from DC who's own mother drown him, unfortunatly in this country, tragedy sells, not the potential of tragedy. Missing is the potential of tragedy, with the exception of the family, no one really cares, it gets reported once, maybe twice and that's it. Once the tragedy steps in, or the person is found, then that's the story, how did they did survive or die, who did it, who found them, etc. Is it a fuck up system, yes it is, but that's America, the entire liberal and conservative nature of it. Speaking of another story of missing people, last week a Sex slave ring was busted in New Jersey, illegals from Central & South American was smuggled over the border in Texas, promised a great life in American, taken to a strip club in New Jersey to work off their debt, approx 10K each
bet ya didn't hear about that, no one did until it was busted, tragedy, get my point

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Anonymous terrymum said...

There are tons of people who are attracted to great tragedy or horror. As evidence of that, all you have to do is watch people right after a train wreck, tornado, murder etc. They want to SEE the site, and hear ALL about it. They don't want to go through it themselves, but something deep in the human phyche seems to be the need to go "whew, that was sure awful, and I am sure glad it wasn't me or my loved one(s) that got hurt!" Black widows and vultures.

If you don't want to encourage such things, then don't watch the shows or read the articles. And encourage others not to pay attention to such stories. Good luck with that.

On the race thing - anyone who thinks racism doesn't exist may want to try being dark skinned for a few days, weeks or months, and just see how differently they are treated (often for the worse). People are drawn to folks who look just like them, whether they know it or not, or want to admit it or not. And if the majority of people running an institution (like a TV network, a company, or country) are white and male, guess who is going to get the most attention and better chances? The people who look just like those in charge. That is why the push to BE IN CHARGE must be the focus of effort for all who would like to see a change in what types of chances and opportunities and treatment given to YOUR particular group (race, gender, whatever). If you can't beat them, become their bosses and fire them.....

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