At the height of the Baltimore Uprising cable news stations were falling over themselves to cover a CVS building that was set ablaze. The burning CVS was the evidence the media needed to paint those protesting the death of Freddie Gray as “troublemakers” and “thugs”.
Yet, when there are tens of thousands of black people coming together for peace and a sense of solidarity as they did over the weekend marking the 20th anniversary of the “Million Man March”, it barely made the news.
What happens when our news starts to look more like Reality TV and less like reality?
Pop Off of the Week: Banking While Black
Police accosted 18-year old Jason Goolsby, and his two friends on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Monday because a white woman said she “felt uncomfortable” by their presence outside of a bank.
Goolsby told the Washington Post that he and his friends were standing outside a Citibank on Monday when two police cars came racing towards them. The college freshman ran because he was scared and the rest of the incident was caught on camera.
The police would later say that they got a call saying that the kid’s presence made a white woman uncomfortable. So, making someone uncomfortable is enough to warrant being thrown to the ground and handcuffed?
Poliwood Round-Up: Trending Topics in the #BlackTwitterverse This Week
Trend of the Week: #LamarOdom
It has been no secret that former NBA Champion Lamar Odom has been suffering from addiction and depression. This week however his story took a tragic turn. Odom was found at a Nevada brothel unresponsive and unconscious. A 911 call was released on Thursday, which revealed the caller stating that they had seen Odom use cocaine earlier that day.
While Khloe Kardashian and Odom signed divorce papers in July, a judge has not signed the documents—making Khloe his next of kin and medical proxy. She along with other friends has flown to Vegas to be by the athlete’s side. There are reports stating that Odom is currently on life support.
THREE: “Damn Emails”
While there were no insults being hurled there was a lot to see at the first Democratic debate, which boasted 15 million viewers this week.
Senator Bernie Sanders whose become known for his blunt style chimed in when moderator Anderson Cooper asked about former Secretary of State’s email scandal. “Enough with damn emails—no one cares”, he said. His response prompted a laugh from the audience and a handshake from HRC herself.
Aside from Jim Webb complaining about his lack of time and Lincoln Chaffee deflecting a bad vote, it was Hillary who left the debate looking more presidential than ever.
TWO: Family Issues
Ebony magazine makes a bold move with their November cover. For the magazine’s family issue(s) they put a shattered picture of the Cosby Show family on the cover with the title Cliff vs. Cosby.
Since Bill Cosby’s sexual assault scandal erupted and the Cosby show was removed from Nick at Nite, many have had to reconcile their perfect image of America’s sitcom family with the awful reality of Bill Cosby’s abuse. Ebony’s latest issue is certain to open some eyes and ruffle some feathers.
ONE: Debating Black Lives
Viewers saw a different kind of debate this week when Democrats had their turn. During the CNN debate a question was posed to candidates from a Facebook user: “Do Black lives matter or do all lives matter?”
This is the question that has dominated protests and cable news for months now—although it did not make it into the Republican’s two debates. Senator Bernie Sanders unequivocally stated that “Black Lives Matter”. Secretary Clinton didn’t directly respond to the question but opted instead to discuss the criminal justice system and early childhood education.
This was the first but surely won’t be the last time that presidential candidates are asked about their thoughts on America’s racial climate. Next time, the question needs to be more direct—allowing everyone to set the record straight—once and for all.