Very profound discussion on Safi Thomas’ profile,
“White screenwriters writing black characters is akin to blackface. It’s how they’ve controlled our image of ourselves for years.”
This is so true, but not just for movies/television, white men control our images in the majority of mainstream media, the messages in our music and how we are depicted in the news…. even in ‘black but not black owned’ media outlets like The Root owned by Univision (even other groups control our media)… We have to be careful because even on the local tip black owed papers have white male editors as is the case with the St. Louis American. All of which is problematic.
The consequence? Look at the images of black people in the media. Listen to the messages being pushed in black mainstream music. Everything about us, that targets us or that projects an image of ‘black’ is filtered through a white prism. Even when it comes to black owned and operated media. That’s why main story on The Grio owned by Bryon Allen is about a black police officer getting suspended for using the N word and not about how those in power exploit black deaths, pain & suffering. Or the need to black empowerment. Or even a call to action or to push back. No critical, historical or political analysis. We’re subjected to the same fluff we get from everybody else.
This is why unapologetic black media and black voices are important: to shape our own narratives, to feed us with critical, historical and political analysis we don’t get anywhere else and to give us the ability to push back.
This does not happen without your support. Nobody’s gonna build it for us. How we’re currently depicted is how we will be depicted until we build/support our own. Complaining about how we are depicted, then doing nothing to create/support our own only perpetuates the cycle.
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