Lashing out at biased media


Published: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 12:45 a.m.

Sunday's article titled "Chuck D lashes out at media bias," states in the lead paragraph that "... black culture is being eroded by manufactured images of black society promulgated by a biased media and the marketing of money-hungry image seekers."

Since there were no quotation marks around those words, it's anyone's guess who said them. Perhaps they belong to the keynote speaker at UF's Martin Luther King Celebration, rapper "Chuck D," co-founder of the caustic rap group, "Public Enemy."

A few points that I would like clarified:

1. Is this so-called "biased media" in some gigantic conspiracy to make black people look bad on TV? Because that's how the article makes it appear.

2. Does whoever said those (unquoted) words realize that the most regularly portrayed, and most egregious images of black people are "promulgated" by the black producers and artists who control most of the black "art" that is presented on MTV, BET and many other stations that cater to black and hip-hop culture?

3. Does "Chuck D" or the Sun realize that blacks involved in the entertainment industry are equally money-hungry as anyone from any other ethnic group? Or are we supposed to believe that black entertainment producers do not exploit other black people?

Are readers expected to believe that the billions of dollars raked in each year by hip-hop people and black entertainers is filtered straight into the pockets of "other-ethnic producers" who pay the poor black entertainers such as "Chuck D" a few pence per show?

What a bunch of propaganda intended to take the focus off what black producers are doing and make people look at what the "biased media" is orchestrating.

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