Why Is Bad News About African Americans So Popular?:

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*Last year the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta issued a report showing that the steady increase in the HIV/AIDS infection rate for African Americans had actually declined.
This was very good news! It suggested that at least in the area of slowing down the spread of a killer disease Blacks as a group were doing something right. Thus, as a journalist who stays pretty well abreast of what is taking place in the media, I was saddened and disappointed when this news received virtually no mention in the mainstream media and very little coverage even in Black media.
History teaches that if the news had been negative or the HIV/AIDS infection rate had increased significantly, it would have been given widespread coverage. The episode prompted the following question: Why is virtually all the news receiving massive coverage and specifically relating to African Americans usually negative?
An objective analysis suggests three primary reasons:

#1 - It appears that in order to feel good about themselves and reinforce a sense of white superiority, major media organizations delight in reporting how bad off Blacks in America are doing. It is not a media conspiracy. It is a media "attitude" which subconsciously seeks to reinforce in the general population a sense of white superiority. It is as if they are telling whites "No matter how good or bad Blacks are doing, you are better."

A couple of weeks ago, the government released figures on longevity in America showing that on average whites (as a group) live longer than Blacks. But once you carefully look into the figures, what they actually showed was that white women live longer than Blacks. What was never reported by any media organization was that Black women, on average, actually outlive white men. The greatest drag on "Black" life expectancy is that Black men are failing to extend their lives. Black women are actually doing very well. But again, this was not reported.


#2 - Many of our leaders build their careers on emphasizing our problems. These problems do exist but they are too frequently over-emphasized because over-emphasis is the best way to shame politicians and get money and support from white liberal groups. I do not hate them for this approach. But we as a people must realize that this "shame white liberals in to helping us" approach inherently requires that we over-emphasize the problems and the negatives.


#3 - Severe and chronic problems do exist for our people. In fact, their long-term existence has generated a "culture of negative expectations." In other words, we as African Americans often expect things to go wrong. Last week Duke University released a study showing that the Blacks most adversely affected (in terms of health) by discrimination were Blacks who were optimistic and trusting.


Amazingly, the study suggested that Blacks who were more cynical and expected to be discriminated against were not as adversely affected. In other words, many of us have built negative expectations into our very approach to life in America as some type of psychological defense mechanism. This mechanism may prevent our blood pressure from skyrocketing and damaging our hearts in the face of negatives but it also undermines hope and positive expectations.


However, with all the above being said, it is still up to us. The starting point for eventually generating positive news coverage is by doing positive things. Thus, the following should become our New Year's resolutions:


A. Starting in 2008, you are to do something unexpectedly nice or constructive for someone or some group once a month, every month for the entire year.


B. Secondly, you are to correct at least one wrong each month. We have all made mistakes or failed to do something we should have done. The correction may range from an apology to paying a debt to a friend or family member.


These suggestions may sound a bit silly. But they are a start to generating good news and building new attitudes in Black America. It would also help if you insist that those discussing our problems also propose practical solutions.

Good article, I especially agree with #1. It just seems like insecurity that comes from the majority when the minority begins to do well for themselves. I dont know why its this way. What do you guys think?
 
well, to be fair.
the media thrives on fear, I don't know if it's just the US media, or mostly the US and Mexican media.
the other day I was watching some show and a quick cut of the evening news came on and it was like "we'll show you the most dangerous zones for parking this holiday season in "HOLIDAY DANGER ZONES!!!"" complete with ominous announcer voice and all.
it would be funny were it not the norm.
I think that for some reason we have as a whole, lost focus, it seems that News outlets noticed that nobody cares about positive accomplishments and rather hear about the dangerous minorities out to get them all.
I don't really see a quick end to this until everyone just tunes out.
 
Almost all TV news subscribes to "Man bites dog" journalism. It's how they maintain ratings. They have to make you want to watch, or make it seem important that you watch. If it isn't strange, bad, shocking, disturbing or upsetting it probably won't get televised media coverage.

If you want positive news that isn't concerned about ratings and entertainment, read a newspaper.
 
didnt anyone see that michael moore movie? sure you may not like him, but he brought this point up a long time ago. hmm weird...
 
I don't know if that is really newsworthy nor appropiate. Breaking news blacks are finally starting to learn how not to get aids! Tonight on the newscast we will be speaking with a group of world renowned scientists to get their opinions on how this remarkable phenomenon has occurred and why it is happening.
 
Why is doing bad stuff so popular with blacks is a better question. :p
 
I'm not surprised. Some people put to much trust in the media. There are lots of good journalists out there who genuinely want to tell news like NBC's Ann Curry who broke news about horrific conditions mentally disabled childern where being kept in serbia and is actully leading to the serb goverment making some changes.

Then there are journalists contolled by big news corpartions who only want to tell news that suits their own goals. They are not above lying or twisting the truth to get their message across and are quite obviously blatantly biased in thier views.

Unfortuanatley I think the rise of the latter kind of jounalism is on the rise. Sensationalism ratings driven news with little substance going unquestioned by the masses who take every word these people say as the letter of the law.
 
If not for bad news to constantly just react to, people like Jackson and Sharpton might actually have to start coming up with positive, proactive solutions to problems.
 
didnt anyone see that michael moore movie? sure you may not like him, but he brought this point up a long time ago. hmm weird...

yeah, I saw it.
I was completely confused as to people that kept saying "Michael Moore is an idiot, guns aren't bad" when he himself makes the point that though Canada has more guns there aren't as many incidents of gun violence, and that video games and music aren't as detrimental on society as the fact that US culture as whole has built an entire industry out of fear and distrust between people.
 
If not for bad news to constantly just react to, people like Jackson and Sharpton might actually have to start coming up with positive, proactive solutions to problems.

:huh: I never get this ****.
there are OTHER people in the world that could do this.
why do we focus on the people that don't when they don't really have any effect on situations anymore?
like when Jackson condemned the words of Don Imus.
who gives a crap?
 
Sorry, they just always come to mind in this type of discussion... The representatives of huffy indignation that can only point and say "bad!"

You are right, there are other people who SHOULD get out in front and lead but in most of these news stories, those two are ALL we get. meh.
 
Bad news sells. There are many more people that do good than evil, but you won't hear about it unless they tell you themselves. But it would be a moot point. All the criminal activity you hear about is from places where there are a lot of like minded people living in the same area, they ain't spread out over the vicinity.
 
well, to be fair.
the media thrives on fear, I don't know if it's just the US media, or mostly the US and Mexican media.
the other day I was watching some show and a quick cut of the evening news came on and it was like "we'll show you the most dangerous zones for parking this holiday season in "HOLIDAY DANGER ZONES!!!"" complete with ominous announcer voice and all.
it would be funny were it not the norm.
I think that for some reason we have as a whole, lost focus, it seems that News outlets noticed that nobody cares about positive accomplishments and rather hear about the dangerous minorities out to get them all.
I don't really see a quick end to this until everyone just tunes out.

Almost all TV news suscribes to "Man bites dog" journalism. It's how they maintain ratings. They have to make you want to watch, or make it seem important that you watch. If it isn't strange, bad, shocking, disturbing or upsetting it probably won't get televised media coverage.

If you want positive news that isn't concerned about ratings and entertainment, read a newspaper.

Bad news sells. There are many more people that do good than evil, but you won't hear about it unless they tell you themselves. But it would be a moot point. All the criminal activity you hear about is from places where there are a lot of like minded people living in the same area, they ain't spread out over the vicinity.

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yeah, I saw it.
I was completely confused as to people that kept saying "Michael Moore is an idiot, guns aren't bad" when he himself makes the point that though Canada has more guns there aren't as many incidents of gun violence, and that video games and music aren't as detrimental on society as the fact that US culture as whole has built an entire industry out of fear and distrust between people.

Your right about that. They did a pole the other day about how many people distrust muslims and I can't remeber the exact figure but it was a lot. The media has wiped people up into a frenzy to believe muslims are evil murdering nutjobs.

The muslim council of britain that said the muslims feel like the Jews did before world war 2 in germany. Cut off and distrusted. How many people these days get on a train or a plane with a middle eastern or south asian looking guy and start feeling uncomfortable.

Fear mongering is what quite a few news outlets use as their bread and butter.
 
Everytime I hear someone say they hate muslims or how the muslim faith is idiotic, etc. I just roll my eyes. I already know where they got the idea.
 
The muslim council of britain that said the muslims feel like the Jews did before world war 2 in germany. Cut off and distrusted. How many people these days get on a train or a plane with a middle eastern or south asian looking guy and start feeling uncomfortable.
Yeah... 'cause those pre-WWII Jews were blowing up planes trains and buildings left and right and... wait, there is absolutely no parallel there except the respective group's feelings...
Everytime I hear someone say they hate muslims or how the muslim faith is idiotic, etc. I just roll my eyes. I already know where they got the idea.
Um... 9/11?
 
Yeah... 'cause those pre-WWII Jews were blowing up planes trains and buildings left and right and... wait, there is absolutely no parallel there except the respective group's feelings...
Um... 9/11?

That and fake patriotism. These colors don't run, except when they're being hypcrotical. :o
 
It's the media. I think my old polysci prof said one day that the news reported that 70% of all crime being committed somewhere(I forgot the place)was by African Americans. Some others dug into the story and found out that 70% of the people that lived there were black. So it's the media that skews the data to make it sound newsworthy.
 
Yeah... 'cause those pre-WWII Jews were blowing up planes trains and buildings left and right and... wait, there is absolutely no parallel there except the respective group's feelings...
Um... 9/11?

So the actions of a few should tar the milions of innocent muslims in the world. If we all took that point of view it would be playing into the hands of the Bin Laden who wants moderate musilms to feel isolated and unwelcome in their own countrys to start some kind of Muslim vs christian holy war.

Not gonna win over any hearts and minds if you start turning on the very people you need on your side.
 
That and fake patriotism. These colors don't run, except when they're being hypcrotical. :o
You do make an excellent point...
for whatever reason (ratings?) we are being whipped into as close to a frenzy as lazy-@ss 1st world people can get... but there are also some legitimate reasons (terrorism, honor killings, masogeny) people honestly don't feel comfortable about Islam.
 
So the actions of a few should tar the milions of innocent muslims in the world. If we all took that point of view it would be playing into the hands of the Bin Laden who wants moderate musilms to feel isolated and unwelcome in their own countrys to start some kind of Muslim vs christian holy war.

Not gonna win over any hearts and minds if you start turning on the very people you need on your side.
Actually, my only point in the quote you used was to show that was a pretty poor comparison between those two groups and that yes, we do tend to paint folks with a pretty big brush depending on their actions/inaction..
 
You do make an excellent point...
for whatever reason (ratings?) we are being whipped into as close to a frenzy as lazy-@ss 1st world people can get... but there are also some legitimate reasons (terrorism, honor killings, masogeny) people honestly don't feel comfortable about Islam.

I can understand people having different religous belifes thats a fact of life but their are people who staright up say I hate muslims or Islam without knowing anything about it other than some sensational headline in a newspaper.

Islam is like christianity in that there are different denominations of islam and not everyone belives the exact same thing just like in the christian church.

If people actully took the time to perhaps dicuss or reseach about the religion they might get some of their facts straight or questions answered.
People are never gonna get along and aour children will never have some kind of peace if we don't learn to understand one another and discuss our problems.

These radical islamic terrorist are not gonna go away with purely military means as its the idealolgy that we need to defeat.
 
Actually, my only point in the quote you used was to show that was a pretty poor comparison between those two groups and that yes, we do tend to paint folks with a pretty big brush depending on their actions/inaction..

yeah those where not my discription but the muslim council of britans.
 

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