October 21, 2008

Yes There's Joe Six-Pack... But What About Jamal Forty?


First off, props to Brother Gerard for the “Jamal Forty” line, but for real… why are both campaigns still ignoring the overwhelming struggles of middle-class Black folk?
Whenever I turn on CNN or MSNBC, I always hear about how the candidates need to appeal to middle-class, blue collar white voters. No one talks about the Black first-year college graduate, the Latino auto mechanic, or the Indian pizza guy. Why does American media always make it look like the biggest burdens only affect White America?

Now I know they’ve had specials like “Black In America” and they’re good & all, but it just makes it seem like those problems deserve coverage every once in a while as opposed to every single day. I think I’ve heard more about what life will be like for minorities in the future through Sen. Barack Obama’s debate points than from the newscasters that are supposed to be reporting these things. The focus of American media is completely on the wrong topics a lot of the time.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m not watching the right channels at the right time. Maybe I’m so ready for the Cultural Revolution that I see problems where there aren’t. Or maybe I’m right, and we should start standing up to various forms of media and demand proper attention and coverage of subjects that effect ALL of America.

Either way, I just hope this election goes in Obama’s favor and with America’s new image we can also change around the imagery that is broadcast around the globe through our media outlets. Whether or not that change is made by program directors, or the anchors themselves, it will be a much needed breath of fresh air for the average viewer.
What do y’all think?


- Steve Tyson Jr.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

It's not just you - the focus of mainstream media is extremely narrow, and we hear the same things over and over again.

I wanted to link you (and your readers) to some blogs that I get my news from, because I feel like they offer more balanced opinions and tackle wider (and far more interesting) issues than mainstream media news sources.

Enjoy!

www.racialicious.com

mixedraceamerica.blogspot.com/

whattamisaid.blogspot.com/

thinkprogress.org/

www.talkingpointsmemo.com/

michelleobamawatch.com/

www.wimnonline.org/

and if you have any suggestions for me i'd be happy for a referral or two :)