The 21st Century Minstrel Show; Reality T.V, Music & Buffoonery


Before I administer my thoughts on this new era of black television, allow me to say this, I have not now, nor have I ever been supporter of black reality t.v. If you take a panoramic look into black media over the past 20 years, it is evident that there has been a degeneration in the quality of shows. There were positive sitcoms such as “Cosby’s Show,” which some blacks said wasn’t an accurate representation of the black family. A show that that portrayed two professional parents who loved and cared for their children, a milestone in black media to say the least. Other spin offs such as “A Different World” displayed what it was like to be a minority college student, and the challenges that they faced. Again, very positive programming. But from my recent encounters, I have came to the conclusion that this new programming has set the black race (particularly black women) back 5,000 years. I personally know of many supporters of these 21 centuries minstrel shows. When I ask them how could they support these degrading shows that cast black people in a negative light, their only response is that it’s entertaining- with no reservations of the negative stereotypes and behavior that these shows entail, the African American negro is a proud participant and co-conspirator their own cultural demise.

Many of these shows, Love &; Hip Hop Basketball Wives, Bad Girl Clubs etc, paints black women and men in a negative light. If you happen to channel surf and land on one of the previously mention shows, you’ll see black women portrayed as ignorant, crude, rude, shallow catty individuals. Nothing but savagery is displayed on these cable t.v shows- black women fighting over a dysfunctional uneducated negro is commonplace.

But these shows aren’t alone in there degradation of black people; the popular show “Scandal” is just as worse in it’s depiction of black women. Again, this is a show that I don’t frequent, but from it’s popularity and high ratings, it’s nearly impossible to have not heard of, or come across. Here you have a promiscuous, hyper sexual black woman who is a sex slave to this liberal white President (slave master). She confides in this statesman as he uses her a sexual pet, a minstrel to be clear. But astonishingly, black women support this show with emphatic pride, and this only goes to show the utter insanity of black folks in the 21st century. It hasn’t been 100 years since we seen the overtly racist minstrel shows of past. Amos Andy, and characters like Steppin’ Fetchin’. These shows had white actors dressed in blackface, and they attempted to portray blacks as mentally inferior, lazy barbaric individuals. Because of these racist depictions, the perception of black Americans have more or less worsened over time. When you compound that with the fact that blacks willingly act, and watch these shows that castigate them as barbaric, ignorant, materialistic people, who could you call this mental slavery?

I am surprised by the fact many of the people who support this garbage are college educated, professional black women, and alarmingly some black men too. These graduates, students and the like took courses in the social sciences, which means they have to be aware of racism in the caricatures of blacks over the past centuries. So with that context and understanding, how could these same race of intelligent people watch a show that reinforces negative race based themes that civil rights leaders died in martyrdom to destroy? I tell you why, they are 21st century slaves.

There is no way around it. Not all but many support music and t.v that perpetuate ignorance, amorality violence and sexual deviancy. These coon rappers, and bed wench so called singers that many of these people support do nothing but hinder the perception of black people. Why won’t these same group of self righteous college educated blacks boycott VH1 B.E.T and these record labels that are distributing this poison? They are lazy, and don’t really care about the plight of black people, I think. To end, it’s most hypocritical to say that you what help that advancement of black society, when you sit your children, teens, nieces and nephews and make them watch this crap. We are beginning to see the residual effects of what this media does. Black women twerking in the street, fighting, catching sexual diseases. Black men, selling drugs, being coon rappers, and absentee parenting. For it will be when your children become adults, you will understanding the ramifications of supporting such media.

Are Inner City Kids of Any Worth To America?

It is official, the state of Pennsylvania said indirectly that they are indifferent to the precarious life’s that many Philadelphia adolescents students live. The Corbett administration reinforce this notion by cementing the proposed legislation to close 23 schools across the city of Philadelphia. The goal according to Republican assembly and Governor is to reduce a 1.35 billion dollar deficit over 5 years. The commission chairman, John Ramos deemed this as a necessary action required to bring “financial stability.” This justification would remotely be reasonable if the commonwealth of Pennsylvania did not have other costly plans. The state is planning to build a 400 million dollar prison, despite the fact that many council members, and residents have been lobbying to appropriate that money to the Philadelphia school district, this way the school district could meet the 300 million dollar short fall. I ultimately believe this a poor bureaucratic decision, but to be fair let us look at the logical reason for constructing a 400 million dollar state of the art prison. According to the DOC and the state, Gratersford prison(one of PA’s older prisons) is overcrowding and more space is needed to accommodate the images from Philadelphia county jail- the new construct will be abler To populate 2,705 more people. This may very well be a pertinent reason for government attention, but consider this, our goal as citizens are to keep people out of the penal system so they can lead productive lives. Ignoring the states needs and funding this prison in the making, indicates where the state interest are. Meanwhile, there are many students in my city who will have to deal with the ramifications of these school closings. There are students in Philly who will have to travel to rival neighborhoods and schools because of these closings. Where drug factions run rampant and crime is high. I think the state’s acquiescence of failing schools is alarming and daunting to consider. Gov. Tom Corbett and the general assembly reinforces the pipeline theory by destroying these schools. Thousands of teachers, aides and counselor a were terminated as result or this new fiscal plan. Some that I know personally, dedicated employees who were the backbone of these already struggling schools. On it’s face this is discriminatory because it has serious consequences for poor and minority students. Should these student be confined to ignorance and poor neighborhoods such as North Philadelphia. These student chances of college admittance are predicated o the quality of their secondary education. If by chance all 23 school close, the dropout rate will rise, students may result informal economies and violent crimes will increase exponentially: possibly sending these very children to this prison in the future.