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.
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.