It has been a long time since I’ve seen the media in our country united. This show of consistency across all outlets and political opinion is remarkable. We need to bottle this unity. The media needs to tell the truth and be consistent in doing so. Unfortunately, our media is not consistent in how we treat information and most problematically even more inconsistent about how we treat individuals. Consistently, the messenger is reported on, not the message. The last several days have been a great example of shooting the messenger, and there are no consequences for the shooter. Nothing new there.
The consistent inconsistency is in the treatment of people of color, particularly black Americans. We are shot without consequences, both literally and figuratively. The most recent victim doesn’t have clean hands but, does that mean the message is less valid? Like the many victims in our community who get shot, a set of justifications is being cobbled together. The story is evolving and advancing like it always does. Shooting the black messenger is okay. So, what of the message?
In the 1800’s the US court system said asserted that there are no rights of a black person a white person is obligated to uphold. There it is. Our current President is White, a liar, cheat, racist and still vast segments of our fellow citizens believe every word that drops from his lips. The media in totality treat him with deference for only one reason. He is white. Both right and left believe in the doctrine of white supremacy. Like religious denominations, they believe in the magical virgin birth but differ on the minor questions. The media is a white supremacy tool. Individuals across the spectrum vary widely in their individual views and racists tendency but, the institution is racist. If you are asking how I’ve come to that conclusion you have not being attentive to the history of our great nation.
Our history is littered with the corpses of Black Americans for whom no media outlet cares enough to speak the truth. Yes, that claim can be made for all groups. However, I assert we are the only group that cannot be redefined as “white.” The definition of who can be in the fictional club of “white” continues to change and is a moving target because only one group was meant to be excluded, Black Americans.
As a black American, I watched her in the first season of that show and made my mind up that she was not an ethically conscious person but, it’s reality TV and only conflict real or fictional sells. As someone with a science background, I am inclined to look for the facts and give less weight to opinions. I am sad to see us giving equal weight to fact as compared to opinion.
She is aware of her reputation and personally acquainted with the lack of credibility of her President. She is mindful of the deference he receives despite his weak relationship with facts. She did what was necessary and vital. She recorded the liars. There likely will be an attempt to prosecute her. The facts will be ignored because there is no statement from a black person that a white person is obliged to believe. The danger to our republic is great. White supremacy trumps facts, as long as someone of color presents the facts.
Does this messenger have any less credibility? Is she any more a liar that the President’s other mouthpieces? Why are they given deference? Are they any more competent? I will assert on all counts that they are no better. Why the voracious evisceration of her? Yes, we know why.
On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger Taney, wrote “[African Americans] had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold, and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever a profit could be made by it. ”
The current state of affairs has not changed enough.