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

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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.

Destruction of The Black Family: Government Policy, Economic Transition & Feminism:

We all know of the feminist movement, government intervention and its implications in modern society. We often herald the success of this social political movement (which it deserves). We think of the front runners, the leaders of this social, political, economic cause. After all, repression of voting rights was an abominable action- what person with a moral compass can say that disproportionate voting rights were fair. The historical significance and contributions of the feminist movement are respectable, and has left an indelible mark on the complex pattern of the American tapestry. But we forget ultimately that there was a certain demographic of people who endured the cost of this change.

The destruction of the black family is the vicious byproduct of a movement that seem to have benevolent intentions. Eleanor Roosevelt, a revered feminist had a great deal of influence in passing laws and policies that contributed to the destruction of the African American family, but the brunt of this issue didn’t rear its head until the 1960’s. There were welfare policies in place that prohibited the family from having a “male in the house.” This policy discourage marriage and led to the fragmentation of the black nuclear family. As a result, if you receive any economic support from the government, such as good stamps, and general assistance, you would see a considerable drop in funding if you were married. Again, this set the precedent in the deviation of two parent homes.

At the time, Assistant Labor Secretary Patrick Moynihan publisher a government report about his predictions, and trends that he noticed in the African American family. The report was simply titled The Negro Family. Daniel Patrick Moynihan projection and warnings of the degeneration of the black family loomed to be true. His premise was that the nuclear family was the key to black prosperity in American society, and the increase single parent families would lead to worsened poverty, educational failure, and social misery. This government report was prophetic in many ways. Though many liberal and feminist called advocation of the two parent homes sexist and racist. Primarily because it undermined the women, which causes her oppression; this was the logic of the movement and it’s supporters during the 70’s and today. We as a country supported this advent of the non traditional family, and its effect has had dangerous ramifications.

Feminist made the idea of the nuclear family an oppressive ideal, and they used their political clout to end it. In the 70’s, the black power movement was in full swing, and the feminist coalition attempted to attach itself to the social movement. For example, they would tout this image of the struggling women as being a strong independent black women.

Rejections of the traditional family values were tested as an alternative two the two parent family and we failed. Since the 1960’s we have seen a sharp increase in single parents homes. Moreover, the most important demographic that is effected is the black children; they are the offspring that will have to endure the psychological and economic of these historical policies and ideologies. Resentment and anger often stems from the child of the absentee child, which correlates with poor educational achievement and dangerous behavior.

Economic opportunities are an important factor of this dilemma. Many men want to be fathers to their children, but the switch from a industrialized economy to a service economy has left many unemployable, without means to take care of their family. With an investment in employment skills training ,we can help revitalize the black family economically so they can contribute.