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You gotta hand it to the mainstream news media. It picks and chooses which tragic story should be covered. A terrorist attack in France caught their attention like a lightning bolt. However, in another part of the world, more horrific series of events ravaged a community and paralyzed a nation. But according to them, over 2,000 Nigerians murdered was not as important as about a dozen French people.
The Guardian reports:
France spent the weekend coming to terms last week’s terror attacks in Paris which left 17 dead. The country mourned and global leaders joined an estimated 3.7 million people on its streets to march in a show of unity.
In Nigeria, another crisis was unfolding, as reports came through of an estimated 2000 casualties after an attack by Boko Haram militants on the town of Baga in the northeastern state of Borno. Amnesty International described as the terror group’s “deadliest massacre” to date, and local defence groups said they have given up counting the bodies left lying on the streets.
Reporting in northern Nigeria is notoriously difficult, journalists have been targeted by Boko Haram, and, unlike in Paris, people on the ground are isolated and struggle with access to the internet and other communications. Attacks by Boko Haram have disrupted connections further, meaning that there is an absence of an online community able to share news, photos and video reports of news as it unfolds.
But reports of the massacre were coming through and as the world’s media focused its attention on Paris, some questioned why they were almost ignored.
Nothing can explain or excuse something as typical as this other than the old race card. Black Africans’ lives, much like black Americans’ lives, are worth virtually nothing, unless you want to do another “Save the Children” infomercial and use the continent’s poorest sections to fool Westerners into giving money for starving children and simultaneously trick viewers into thinking that the whole place is a poverty-stricken, disease-ridden hellhole due to absolutely nothing.
That’s right. The only time you hear about Africa most of the time in the mainstream media is during those lame commercials where a white person – always a white person begs and pleads that you call and sponsor an African child for less than a cup of coffee. Maybe that’s why you have white celebrities adopting African children left and right.
We cannot count on the news media to deliver, at least not all the time or even part of the time. There must be media outlets that cover all stories of this caliber, and thank goodness, there are such sources that you can count on not only reporting such events but question the mainstream’s failure to do the same.
You may have heard there was an attack in Paris, France last week at a publishing company known as Charlie Hebdo, known for its satirical newspaper. Apparently, the company did something – again, as it was attacked once before – to anger Islamic extremists enough to make itself a target that took the lives of over a dozen people, including the shooters.
From the Huffington Post:
Gunfire broke out Wednesday in an attack at the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, leaving 12 dead, including four prominent cartoonists.
Known for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as critical depictions of Catholics, Jews and French politicians, the magazine regularly stirred controversy.
Charlie Hebdo gained notoriety in 2006 for its portrayal of a sobbing Muhammad, under the headline “Mahomet débordé par les intégristes” (“Muhammad overwhelmed by fundamentalists”). Within its pages, the magazine published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, bringing unprecedented condemnation from the Muslim world. The French Council for the Muslim Faith eventually sued the weekly for the cartoon. The issue has since been considered the one which positioned Charlie Hebdo as a target for terrorist attacks.
The usual reactions from the usual nutjobs surfaced. Right wing news media mogul Rupert Murdock stated that Muslims must take responsibility for this one incident. That’s like expecting all black people to be held responsible for any crimes by individual black folks. If that’s so, then let’s hold Christianity responsible for all the shit done by the KKK. Let’s hold all media moguls, all of the few straight white males, responsible for the kind of biased programming broadcast all over the world due to their lust for more and more media. Let’s take it a step further. Let’s hold all white people responsible for slavery, Jim Crow, mass murders, serial killers, pedophiles, etc. I mean if we’re going to use such backwards logic, let’s use it all across the board.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd wanted to know who would “talk to these folks”. Islamic activist Reza Aslan responded:
“…Let’s be clear that every single organization, major organization, Muslim organization throughout the world and in the United States, every prominent individual, be it political or religious leaders — everyone has condemned, not just this attack, but every attack that occurs in the name of Islam.”
“Anyone who keeps saying that we need to hear the moderate voice of Islam — why aren’t Muslims denouncing these violent attacks doesn’t own Google.”
“That said, I do think that we do need to do a better job of providing a counter-narrative. What really I think puts an obstacle in the way is opinions like Ayaan [Hirsi Ali]‘s and so many others in the political and the media mainstream who continue to say that 1.7 billion people are responsible for the actions of these extremists.”
“That doesn’t help the fight against radicalism,” Aslan continued. “The answer to Islamic violence is Islamic peace. The answer to Islamic bigotry is Islamic pluralism, and so that’s why I put the onus on the Muslim community, but I also recognize that that work is being done, that the voice of condemnation is deafening and if you don’t hear it you’re not listening.”
I doubt Islamophobes like Murdock and Todd have enough brain power and moral capacity to take in such wisdom, let alone use common sense.
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2015 will be upon us, unless you’ve read this post after New Year’s. But looking back in the year 2014, it was definitely a wild ride with more loops to go through.
We lost several famous people along the way. We lost James Avery and Juanita Moore when the year started on a ridiculously cold note due to that thing known as the polar vortex. You know, the time when everything was much colder than usual and conservatives considered it proof that there’s no such thing as global warming.
Then, there was the whole Chris Christie scandal and that situation with the Washington Bridge. It was on the news for a while, but I guess it’s no longer an issue, at least for the New Jersey mayor.
I guess people were more hyped about the Seattle Seahawks going to the Super Bowl with Richard Sherman leading the charge in the most scary-to-most-white-people way when he trashed talked like a WWE wrester on national TV. People, mostly racists, considered that “thug” behavior. We all know why that is. But even if he was “respectable” like Forrest Whitiker’s role in the movie The Butler, racist fuckers would still find a reason to hate on Sherman. A black man, especially a father doing the damn thing like combing his daughter’s hair can never win in this shithole of a society. If assholes like Ted Nugent can take a shit on the legacy of Dr. King, they can screw over any black person. Or they would prefer to find the less reputable of us like that video of a toddler cursing up a storm while adults got their chuckles on and consider that as “black culture”.
That gave rise to the media sensation of the so-called “knockout games” where a few black youth would literally knock down random people in the street. Media reporting got so bad that you have people like Ashley Depew “creating” nonexistent black suspects to cover up those who actually fucked them up.
The hatred of black men is evident among America’s “finest” as it seems like we’ve seen a spike of cop killings this year alone. We’ve lost Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, John Crawford and Yvette Smith, Tanesha Anderson and God knows who else. And those responsible such as the pigs that murdered Aiyana Standley-Jones, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice were able to walk away thanks to a racist injustice system.
Cops like Darren Wilson, Jeffery Follmer and apparently, hundreds of cops nationwide have that police privilege that immunes them from any responsibility when they abuse or kill anyone, including unarmed black folks. They think that they’re just doing their job and everything would be cool if people would just cooperate. And if they get their asses beat, that’s all on them.
Out of that chaos sprang a movement that demands that black lives be given the respect and dignity that is only afforded to white people. One man by the name of Ismaaiyl Brinsley took it to fatal extremes executing two cops after shooting his girl and before taking his own life. And the media saw fit to link him to the movement.
Speaking of the media and its shenanigans, have you noticed how black victims are treated poorly as compared to white suspects? If not, lots of people did. It seems white people are basically good folks, but a few – according to the same media – have glitches that cause them to go haywire in the most violent way possible. Such was the case of Elliot Rodger, the misogynistic, racist, overprivileged fool who shot up Isla Vista in California or Bradley William Stone, the guy who shot six people in Pennsylvania before killing himself. And let’s not forget the pumpkin madness caused by young whites over something stupid or the usual Halloween racists who still haven’t gotten the moment that people of color are not costumes. All while showing the world they didn’t care too much for the numerous African women kidnapped earlier this year.
White people, particularly those of the famous variety, continued to show off their privileges and racism this year. Iggy Azalea, Ridley Scott (Well, Hollywood in general for producting such tripe like Blended, Noah and Exodus), Donald Sterling, Tal Fortgang, Anthony Cumia (One-half of the former duo Opie and Anthony), the dudes who frequent on websites like 4chan, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, the fools who went to poor black neighborhoods pranking poor blacks and almost getting their asses whooped on and, of course, xPrae continue to deny white privilege while actively perpetuating, participating, producing and promoting it.
We also saw black shame from the media. Ray Rice (and a few other black athletes that caught the attention of TMZ which caught the attention of other news outlets), Solange and yes, Bill Cosby have made the news for all the wrong reasons that threaten negative stereotypes. Ray Rice beat his wife. Solange beat Jay-Z. And Cosby’s accused of beating up the pu…well, I won’t go there, but you know what I mean. He’s accused of being a serial rapist. Then there’s the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop and the scourge known as Sorority Sisters. Does Mona Scott hate black people?
We lost a lot of notable people this year. We lost James Avery, Robin Williams, The Ultimate Warrior, Marion Berry, Big Bank Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang, Buster Jones, Joan Rivers, Meshach Taylor, Bobby Womack, Casey Kasem, Ruby Dee, Chester Nez, Yuri Kochiyama, Dr. Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, DJ E-Z Rock, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Karyn Washington, Frankie Knuckles and Chokwe Lumumba,
However, we’ve seen a lot of great things this year. Shonda Rhimes wows audiences with her new show How to Get Away with Murder starring Viola Davis. We saw the release of Blackish starring Anthony Anderson and Tracey Ellis Ross. We see Michael Sam showing the world that being gay is a beautiful thing. We saw young black women and men being overachievers, geniuses, entrepreneurs, activists, defying stereotypes and doing the damn thing. And we will, without a doubt, see more of that in 2015.
What do you remember most about 2014? What do you remember that I’ve missed in this article? What do you hope to see in 2015? Sound off below and I’ll see you next year.
P.S. I may create my own website.
By Lavern Merriweather:
After embattled star of the Seattle Seahawks football team Richard Sherman was soundly criticized by stuck-up, white holier-than egomaniacs because he spouted off against an opponent, he rightfully stated that the word ‘thug’ has become a replacement for the dreaded n-word by many whites. Unlike some of the scared-of-their-own-shadow, shucking and jiving Negroes, Mr. Sherman had the guts to speak truth to power. Don’t believe it? Then let me demonstrate with some examples of white people’s not-so-well hidden racist agenda.
Harvey Levin host of the despicable and gleefully racist crapfest show “TMZ” criticized a black male bodyguard of Justin Bieber who attacked a member of the paparazzi. Granted, I do feel that the bodyguard did overreact a little. It was just a picture the guy was trying to obtain. Still, that doesn’t change how full of it Levin is by then defending white male actor Josh Brolin who got into a physical altercation with a bouncer outside of an L.A. club. Levin even tried to – yet again – make excuses for a white male by saying that Brolin was drunk and has an alcohol problem. So, what that means this punk gets to be as big of an asshole as he damn well pleases?
This the typical pattern of the hopelessly arrogant and overprivileged. Something I and Brotha have written posts on top of posts about. Why you say? Because their behavior of hypocrisy doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. Matter of fact, a lot of white people have gotten exceedingly brazen about their racism and double standards, mainly because there isn’t a black person in their profession to put them in check or call them on their load of crap.
On the syndicated entertainment idiot fest “The Insider”, white female host Thea Andrews had the nerve to call Kayne a thug after he punched out some moron spewing racial slurs to his now-wife Kim Kardashian. Black male host Kevin Frazier sat quietly by nodding his good darkie head in agreement as both of them were oblivious to the fact that Kayne assaulted that jackass because he was a racist prick, something that most white people in the media would approve of.
Recently, Brotha wrote a post about the way the media is framing a riot committed by a bunch of white folks in Keene, New Hampshire. Brotha, very accurately, wrote of how the white folks, despite turning over then burning cars and causing thousands of dollars in damages, are seen as nothing more than out of control revelers who let their good time get a little out of hand, a far cry from how Negroes at the local annual Freaknik party in Chicago were spoken of by the media several years ago. Their exploits were described as that of thugs and hooligans, the same words not used ever to describe white males in collective situations of violence and destruction.
In what was supposed to be a happy, merry occasion about collecting pumpkins and celebrating the upcoming holidays, a number of stupid drunk people in attendance started behaving like foolish idiots. Once the stupidity began, it was impossible to stop as many of the people there wreaked much havoc. Still, the media is treating this as not that big of a deal. The ABC public interest show “Inside Edition” seemed to think the whole thing was funny as show anchor Jim Moret made light of the incident.
White people never take it that lightly when those in question are African-American. Black folks behavior, regardless of how warranted it is, is always seen as the work of criminal minded people rushing to commit illegal acts. “Inside Edition” anchor Moret also covered a story about the cue card holder for the “Late Night with David Letterman” show. Tony Mendez, who has been with the show from the beginning, was fired because he assaulted a writer named Bill Scheft that he had been feuding with for several years. Mendez grabbed Mr. Scheft by the collar then body slammed him against a wall. Why this guy wasn’t arrested is beyond me. Perhaps Mr. Scheft didn’t want to press charges. Yet, Moret acted as if what Mendez did wasn’t that bad even though Mendez admitted that he has a bad temper and has been reprimanded numerous times by the show’s producer. However, because Mr. Mendez is not a Negro what he did, no matter how obnoxious and thuggish, is not seen as wrong behavior. It’s thought of as either funny or not that horrible, something not afforded to us Negroes. This is just another in the long arrogant line of white folks doing disgraceful shit that anybody else, especially a darkie, would be in big trouble for, as well as have to face a shitload of criticism.
Vitalii Sediuk, a dummy from an Eastern European country, is called a ‘prankster’ by the media, even though he recently assaulted reality star Kim Kardashian. At a premiere in Paris which was attended by Kim and her family, including hubby Kayne, Kim was getting out of her car when Sediuk grabbed her legs and almost yanked her to the ground. Sediuk was grabbed and forced to let Kim go by her bodyguards and husband as she struggled to keep from falling. Although Sediuk claimed that he just wanted to give her a hug, he was roughly shoved by her protection and might face criminal charges.
This is the same dumbass that got bitch slapped by star Will Smith when he attempted to give Will a kiss on the mouth. Sediuk also looked up actress America Ferrera’s, the star of “Ugly Betty”, dress at the red carpet before the Emmys this year. He also tried to grab movie star Brad Pitt at a premiere for Pitt’s wife Angelina Jolie. Brad shoved the knucklehead away, and he was forcibly removed once again by bodyguards. Pitt then proclaimed that the next time Mr. Sediuk does something like that, he should get his ass kicked. I agree 100% with Brad; the guy is a creepy ass menace and charlatan, despite his claim that he hosts his own show in his native country.
Yet, even while this jerk crosses the line of decency and other people’s personal space, the white American media is willing to give him a free pass once again. Being a white male gives Sediuk the freedom to have his actions be thought of by white folks in the media as ‘cute and silly’. White people in the media may believe that what Sediuk has done is just harmless fun. After all, he’s never hurt anybody. I guess they are going to keep right on laughing along until the moment happens where he does go too far in their minds. What that could possibly be, though, is still up for debate, since they don’t already feel that this dummy has done things he shouldn’t have. In the feeble minds of the white elite, how far exactly is too damn far?
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