UNTIL WE HAVE OUR OWN NATIONAL NEWS MEDIA REPRESENTATION WE REMAIN VULNERABLE AND RELEGATED TO LESS THAN FULL PARTICIPATION IN THE SOCIETY
I recall several years ago, early in this mission, sharing the importance of establishing a national news media concept for African Americans with a couple of black associates and their reaction. One fellow was a dentist the other owned a chemical company in Los Angeles. These guys were solid black middle class. Not wealthy, but quite comfortable with their homes, swimming pool and the obligatory playroom complete with wet bar, pool table and big screen TV.
In response to me raising the subject of our own national news media, the chemical guy said, “man you know we’re living better than some Kings and Queens in some countries.” My immediate response was “you sound like the dwarf bragging about being taller than the midget.” No offense to the little people.
The message came through loud and clear; creature comforts, being able to compare your condition as better than others less fortunate is a powerful inducement for many of us to accept being marginalized as a race as long as we’re living well. “Never mind the race and social justice problem, things ain’t that bad. “I’m living pretty good.”
It puts in perspective what I witnessed during the transition of mindsets with the success of the civil rights movement and integration. It went from a collective sense of “we’re all in this together” to “every man for himself,” following the post-civil rights opening of widespread economic and political opportunity. Blacks began getting jobs and careers they never envisioned, political offices and appointments they never imagined. It was as if money was thrown in the air “making it rain” and black folks scattered. It became all about the “Benjamins.”
Historically, we do not always embrace liberating concepts. Not all slaves welcomed the Union troops. However, few wanted to return to their captive “good old days” once they tasted freedom. Our challenge remains to raise people’s awareness to understand the critical importance of having our own national news media. We need to show in real time and actual incidents how not having our own national news media able to get the truth out to combat obvious misinformation when it occurs has long and short-term adverse far-reaching impact.
In “The Big Cover Up” video we see a perfect example of the immediate short-term impact of Sgt. Crowley being able to get away with his lies proven by the 911 tapes. But because the news media chose to ignore the proof of the officer’s and his superiors’ lies and the absence of our own news media apparatus to counter with the truth it resulted in the President being seen as the villain and Sgt Crowley seen as the aggrieved maligned hero. Fast forward to the Sgt. sitting there having a beer with the President, Vice President and Professor Gates knowing full well he had lied and filed a false police report, which thanks to the accommodating support of the news media he was “free as a bird.”
The final insult and yet another reminder of the importance of this mission was seeing Joe Scarborough and Angela Mitchell referencing this travesty as a case of Obama having mistakenly spoken in the Sgt. Crowley case and he should be careful about making that same mistake again.
This is a case study of how it works when good people remain silent in the face of obvious misconduct and the pressure to go along to get along to get ahead. The reporters and journalists who witnessed Crowley’s bold-faced lies just as we also checked out at the time, since it was played out on national television, once they saw how things were being done had no incentive to stick their proverbial necks out as a lonely voice for doing the right thing. That’s also how it works in law enforcement. Once the good cops see how the “blue wall” works regarding certain categories of misconduct they know to remain silent and go along.
It goes like this, officers engaged in certain offenses won’t be supported by their fellow officers. Like bribery in some police departments is a no go. In other departments, it’s an accepted practice. The most widely accepted police misconduct is the brutality of African Americans and black males being at the top of the list. As “The Big Cover Up” video shows the press has their own list of accepted police misconduct practices they will knowingly condone with their silence, which is in race matters.
Nothing’s going to change unless we change something. We are seeing the updated versions pre-civil rights racist police and press complicity. Each of these articles leads to one conclusion. We have identified the problem and the obvious solution. To take it one step further, this is not a case of someone saying we need to “have a conversation” which is the current cliche when reaching the conclusions of discussions on solving this race and social justice problem.
We are introducing the ultimate change with this solution and “The $20 Price Is Right” social media funding approach. Briefly stated, this website explains many of the reasons for us establishing our own national news media operation, which includes our social media-driven fundraising campaign to achieve the necessary capital to produce our multimedia business plan the feature being our sample television news day pilot. The pilot is key to show people what an all-inclusive television news day will look like. Join the movement by providing your email address to participate in the $20 “People Power” campaign.
Once the pilot is aired to millions nationally via Youtube and other streaming platforms the next “People Power” approach to raise the launch capital for the all-inclusive national cable news television network should be far more achievable. We’re talking the ultimate in empowerment with a million shares being offered at $200 each to a maximum 5 shares per individual.
The idea is to devise a fundraising concept that for supporters of the ultimate goal has a fee so small that gives no one pause because the individual outlay is an amount at each level so disproportional to what’s at stake and at the $20 level is of no real consequence making it practically a no-risk offer and one even my dentist and chemical guy could get behind and tell a friend. Let’s make it happen.