Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti: Tear Worthy News

We made the front page? Wait. We always make the front page when it comes to crime, mayhem, and death. Conservative:  Oh yeah buddy…what about Obama? Response:  First of all, his proper title is President Obama, and being a president of African descent in America is hazardous in itself. You really don’t understand do you? Black and Brown people most often make the headlines as long as they are spitting at the cameras while being arrested, getting a beat down by _ _PD, raising hell in a court of law, or just stretched out on the street, covered in white sheets in New Orleans or Haiti. In Haiti, even black babies make headlines covered in [little] white sheets or whatever they can find.

The media seems fascinated with black and brown images of death. They call it primetime, sensational, and news worthy. It’s gritty – the image of wretched, poverty stricken black and brown bodies stretched across your wide screen televisions in HD. Yes, it’s reality, but where is the humanity? Where’s the humanity? Let me ask you this question CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc. What if your mother, sister, brother, or child were lying dead on the streets of your city or town? Picture this – what if the photographer from the Associated Press (AP) didn’t care. He’s shooting for an award winning photograph, while flashes from his camera leave you blind with tears of rage? What if it was your baby lying dead on a splintered, wooden bench covered with only the business section of yesterday’s paper? Would you be outraged?  Would you? Tears.

Art: Haitian artist, Cathy Delaleu
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