The Importance of Blacks Seeing Beyond Media Distractions
There following commentary was forwarded to me by a close friend who is very active in the Black community, as well as a very successful business person. For a number of reasons, they asked me to publish the follow treatise under my name, but I prefer to post it anonymously. I will submit my personal commentary at the end of the article.
Ok, so this is Satire and meant to be funny Ok, so (and the comedian was funny) but at the same time …sadly it is a reality that has consumed national and social media, newspapers, magazines and everything else… My question is why now?
Are more Men and women of Color being killed today than any other time in history?…. OR is it by design that it is being promoted and highlighted at this specific time?
Why now take an interest in the lives of black men and women? More importantly why do so in a way that further divides?All of a sudden This system cares to protect in an equal and balanced way?
This is the same system that between the years of 1932 and 1972 injected black men with Syphilis so that they could study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African-American men in Alabama under the guise of receiving free health care from the United States government.
This is the same system that in 1925 commissioned an Army War College study of black troops in World War I that concluded Negroes, the racial term, then in use, were subservient, mentally inferior and “barely fit for combat.”
This is the same system that has an overwhelming % of black men in prisons in relation to other ethnicities
While people of color make up about 30 percent of the United States’ population, they account for 60 percent of those imprisoned. The prison population grew by 700 percent from 1970 to 2005, a rate that is outpacing crime and population rates.
The incarceration rates disproportionately impact men of color: 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. Individuals of color have a disproportionate number of encounters with law enforcement, indicating that racial profiling continues to be a problem.
A report by the Department of Justice found that blacks and Hispanics were approximately three times more likely to be searched during a traffic stop than white motorists. African Americans were twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police.
Students of color face harsher punishments in school than their white peers, leading to a higher number of youth of color incarcerated. Black and Hispanic students represent more than 70 percent of those involved in school-related arrests or referrals to law enforcement. Currently, African Americans make up two-fifths and Hispanics one-fifth of confined youth today.
According to recent data by the Department of Education, African American students are arrested far more often than their white classmates. The data showed that 96,000 students were arrested and 242,000 referred to law enforcement by schools during the 2009-10 school year. Of those students, black and Hispanic students made up more than 70 percent of arrested or referred students.
Harsh school punishments, from suspensions to arrests, have led to high numbers of youth of color coming into contact with the juvenile-justice system and at an earlier age.
With that said there has been a slight decline in the percentage of black men in prison over the last 8 years.
Something does NOT smell right to me. Please UNDERSTAND that I don’t excuse or condone this behavior. I am simply suggesting that ALL of the media attention, race baiting and propaganda has the look and feel of diversion. Let’s keep everyone fighting over trivial differences!
Let’s make a lot of noise over here and while everyone is distracted and fighting amongst themselves the Real purpose and agenda is quietly unfolding elsewhere.
Again, I am NOT suggesting that taking someone’s life, or blowing a black man up is NOT a major Problem but I am challenging you to Take a step back and look at the entire picture. Use a Bigger Lens so you can get a broader perspective.
That means..Turn off CNN, NBC, FOX and whoever else and start looking at the World News, Read International News Articles, research Global Think Tanks, study up on Global Economics, and most importantly develop the ability to USE your OWN Mind and Challenge the ideas and what you think you know. Ask yourself, are these my ideas or was I taught to think this way? Why do I believe and think the way I do?
You will realize very soon the games, and you will see clearly mass manipulation.
It is past time to Wake Up… ~ Anonymous
When I read this piece by my friend, the thing that immediately catches my attention is the modus operandi of using distractions to misdirect the masses. Mass manipulation is nothing new when it comes to systematic racism. One of the greatest impediments that has served to thwart any attempt at progression within the black collective is not the use of distractions by the racist system we fight, but by our vulnerability to the distraction. We are a race of people who are too easily distracted and misled.
One of their most efficacious weapons in the war to marginalize and control the black race is the negative propaganda messages that are consistently dispensed via their mass media machine. We tend to view this programming as entertainment, instead of a weapon of mass destruction. This type of programming does far more than distract us. The messages that are disseminated by mainstream media, via news media, TV programming, music, and cinema, reinforce self-hatred inferiority complexes, as well as desensitize us to violence.
This is one reason that Dr. Claud Anderson, in his book, Powernomics, advocates building and owning our own media outlets, something we are doing here at The Odyssey Project, through The Black Voice Media Project for Black Empowerment. We must have the capacity to tell our own story. Additionally, we must also have the ability to create the type of programming that presents a better image for our kids to aspire to. The way that we tell our story and report news to our people will have a massive impact on our the world, on a global scale, views us as a race.
We must develop a keen sense of how the game is being played, so that we can develop short and long-term strategies to better position ourselves to win. ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D.