“Vignettes of negativity.” That’s how my oh-so-wise mother described last night’s “Black in America” special on CNN. I wholeheartedly agree.
Let’s see, there was:
One positive: The married couple who owned their own company and had six children – five of whom were in college or were college graduates and their youngest, a senior in high school who was headed to Southern Methodist in the fall.
One neutral: A black lady traced her genealogy and discovered (gasp!) a white branch of her family. Knock me over with a very small feather. I don’t claim to be a statistician, but come on now, don’t like 97% of black Americans have a white branch on their family tree? Is this really a surprise or news to anyone? Geesh.
Let the fun begin:
Some dude rapping between all of the segments. Because that’s what black people do you know – rap. Incessantly.
A story about a father being kicked out of his apartment, having to move his two children to yet another home, the son attending his fourth or fifth new school in as many years . . .
A boy rounded up and encouraged to go back to school to finish his high school senior year. The boy agrees, registers for school a month late, and never returns.
A 24 year old young woman with HIV.
A single mother of 5.
A young girl going in for a HIV test; admitting she has lots of unprotected s.ex.
The “marry your baby daddy” movement. I applaud the concept, abhor the name.
Paying kids to go to school and do well on tests since blacks score so abysmally low on all standardized tests across the board.
And on and on and on it went. I wasted two whole hours of my life last night, and I’ll never get them back.
I don’t disagree that there are problems in black America. I do however, have a problem with a program entitled “Being Black in America” that was totally skewed toward the negative. If you wanted to highlight all that negativity then call the show “Problems in Black America.” I don’t think the show should’ve focused only on positives either - because that wouldn’t have given an accurate picture of blacks in America any more than did last night’s program. Balance people. It is called balance. Last night’s program was not an accurate account of being black in this country.
My mother brought up an interesting point when we briefly discussed the program – and our disappointment in it – this morning. She thought that this was an attempt to discredit O.bama’s campaign for the Presidency. She mentioned that it has been years since she’s seen a special on blacks advertised and promoted the way this one was, that she couldn’t necessarily remember any special programming during black history month, and then all of a sudden in late July – BAM! A program on black America that only dealt with negatives. Definitely something to consider. I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but Mama may be on to something with this.
Did anyone else watch the show? What did you think? Will you watch tonight’s episode which will focus on black men in America? I’m going to watch it. I can’t believe I’m going to watch it, but I am. I guess it’s like watching a train wreck – I should turn my head, but for some inexplicable reason, I’m going to watch until the ugly, bitter end.