Brief History: Mainstream Media vs. Black Civil Rights


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The views expressed by the mainstream media are simply a reflection of the point of view from a critical mass of influential people. They do not represent ethics, morality, common sense or the common good unless that coincidentally coincides with the consensus of the masses at that particular moment in time.

“The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he’s a the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” – Malcolm X circa 1964

One should keep in mind that an anchor’s, pundit’s, journalist’s or talking-head-of-any-other-kind’s opinions on the affairs of the Black community are as valid as a wolf’s opinion on the affairs of sheep. The emancipated sheep on the amber plains of grain have long-been misinformed, misrepresented and vilified by the well-spoken wolves in a shepherd’s suit and tie.

Nat Turner’s Slave Rebellion

Slave Revolt in Newspaper

“Our informant (one of our own citizens who happened to be in the county at the time) awards much praise to the people of Southampton for there forbearance on this occasion. He says not the least personal violence was offered to Nat Turner – who seemed, indeed one of the most miserable objects he ever beheld – dejected, emaciated and ragged. The poor wretch, we learn admits all that has been alleged against him – says that he has at no time been five miles from the scene of his atrocities.” – Daily National Intelligencer, Washington, November 7, 1831

John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry

Harpers ferry

“The outrage which has just been enacted at Harper’s Ferry, the South will feel most deeply. Is it possible—her citizens will ask—is it possible that the animosity of the North against us has reached such a degree of all-consuming hate as to drive any of her citizens upon such efforts, and make them blind, not only to its vile wickedness, but to its utter folly?” – Daily Dispatch (Richmond, VA)

Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.


“I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years.” – Martin Luther King Jr. circa 1966

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