PRIVATE/PUBLIC GENOCIDE



1. 1. the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. synonyms: mass murder, mass homicide, massacre; annihilation, extermination, elimination, liquidation, eradication, decimation, butchery, bloodletting; pogrom, ethnic cleansing, holocaust "a tyrant guilty of genocide"

We live in a day and age of extreme violence and complete social injustice. There is no justice. It’s just us. Rarely do I get to see great examples of role models. There aren’t enough Robin Roberts, Kerry Washingtons or Lupita Nyong'os. They are outweighed by the Rihannas, Kenya Moores and ridiculous caricatures of not only Black women, but Black men.

Most of us don’t speak like Stevie J. Nor do we flaunt our sexual history like Mimi Faust. It’s just not us. In the past few years we have had more attacks tied to racial/hate crimes. Trayvon Martin was only the beginning. When people continually see demoralizing images of Black men and women fighting each other we become moving targets. White people begin to believe the hype and drink the Kool-Aid. While we’ve (as Black people) have become immune to the images. It’s become passĂ©.

It’s bad enough that we have networks and network execs exploiting Black people. Let’s break it down to the brass tax. One of the most ratchet shows you will ever see is the franchise of Love and Hip Hop created by Executive Producer Mona Scott Young. Like all the other reality shows, it is beyond human consumption. We as Black people are never portrayed in a positive light on reality television. From the beginning there have not been enough opportunities for people of color in the entertainment industry. It’s like preparing a beautiful healthy meal with only the best; while we order off the dollar menu at McDonald’s because it’s all we can afford. You might get full, but it can’t be healthy.

Bravo has several franchises for the Housewives. Since its inception the most popular franchise has been the Atlanta Housewives. Black women are paid good money to create scripted drama. If it was just about successful Black women supporting each other no one would watch. Or would they? Television execs insult our intelligence. We couldn’t possibly want something of intelligence like Scandal. No one is perfect, but Olivia Pope is closer to the character that I see in most Black women. We are not bitches and hoes. And we are certainly not all video vixens. There is one video vixen that is quick to tell you that those videos paid her college tuition. She’s not the only one.

Every day I read and see more news stories about how we don’t have to go to Darfur to experience genocide. Look in your neighborhood. Look in your city. Look in your state. Look in your country. What we thought was a private epidemic is very public.

Today Ms. Nyong'o was revealed as People's Most Beautiful. There's hope for us after all.



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