Happy New Year media whistle blowers! I thought I’d try something new this year and provide ya’ll with quick comentary each week on the media moments I found most interesting. Enjoy!
The lack of news coverage of the NAACP bombing ignited a flame on Black Twitter this week that resulted in the birth of a tredning hashtag: #NAACPBombing. While people slowly found out (via social media) about the bomb that exploded in front of the NAACP office outside of Colorado Springs, mainstream media was up in arms about the shooting and hostage situations in Paris. Now people, I understand your frustration, but let me explain something to you from a journalist’s perspective. No one was harmed in the NAACP bombing. The bomb barely did any damage to the building. On the other hand, you had a situation where several white people had been murdered (Europeans to be specific) and many more whose lives were in danger. Of course that’s going to be a bigger news story. Add a few Muslim antagonists to the equation, and you have the formula for a story that warrents 24 hour news coverage.
This media moment left many people questioning who decides which stories receive mainstream media coverage and how much. According to USA Today, #NAACPBombing also reflected the black community’s growing frustration of the “glaring disparity in how news outlets cover violence against blacks.”
I was slightly disappointed #UnpopularOpinion? Granted, the movie did an amazing job at humanzing Dr. King, depicting black suffrage during the Civil Rights movement, and mediating extreme relevance considering the recent heightened racial tension in this country. However, the storyline was slow, the climax brief, and the ending abrupt. I left the theater wanting to know more…but maybe that was the point? We all know Dr. King, but what about the men who surrounded him and helped to lead the march from Selma to Montgomery? Men like Andrew Young, Ralph Abernathy and James Bevel? No introductions to these characters were made, leaving ignorant movie goers to assume these men were simply King’s entourage.
On the flip side, I learned a side of Lyndon B. Johnson that no public school history book would ever depict. Although he signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ensuring blacks the right to vote was initially low on Johnson’s priority list. His explanation as to why consisted of laying out the difference between a politician and an activist.
“You do your job,” Johnson told King, “and I’ll do mine.”
My grownup life is not conducive to keeping up with shows that air after 8 p.m. With that said, I had to watch “Empire” after its original air date; however, I’ll definitely be staying up to watch this show on Wednesdays.
“Empire” is about a black family competing for the top spot in the family’s music business empire. This show made this week’s quickie because of several reasons, but the main reason being its gay character, Jamal Lyon. I plan to pay close attention to Jamal’s character because the show’s writers have made it a point to shed light on the homophobia that exisit within the black community. I’m curious to see how not only Jamal Lyon’s character develops throughout the series, but also how his relationship with his family and in the music industry plays out.
Those were just three of the major media moments I wanted to share with ya’ll this week. Want to add to the list. Drop a line…or two…in the comment section below!