How many "All American" black family, tv shows have you seen over the last 25 years? I can name a few that my kids love to watch - The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince and That's So Raven. BTW - two of those shows ended years ago. Now flip through the channels. You see MTV "ganstas", you see young blacks on COPS getting busted, you see rich, black football players spounting off, black comedians saying "n*gger" over and over again. What about having a show or news story about a middle-class black family? Now, I'm not syaing "oh, the media is racists...blah blah blah." All I'm saying is that today the media is bombarding America with negative images of blacks and it does subconsiously re-enforce negative sterotypes. When CNN shows over and over again a small minority of black people in New Orleans stealing or report stories over and over again of shots being fired I could almost feel people across the country going "wow, look at THOSE people." Yes, the news has to be reported but these news channels need to ask themselves if they are going more harm then good when they replay stories like these 24/7.
Roybatty, the media definitely will "air" that which gets them the highest ratings, because the dollar is king. However, there are plenty of channels in cableland wherein many of TVlands' and Movielands' more affluent can produce the type of programs that would reinforce a positive image of any particular peer group they decide. Where is their initiative? And why are people not writing to the media demanding more positive middle-American black family shows?
Personally, I don't know what does more harm - the media or the Jesse Jacksons of the world.
RB, IMO, they appear to have a symbiotic relationship, eh?