This country’s media and think tanks are immensely focused on the social pathologies of American Blacks. Whether the topic is about single parent households, AIDS, crime, poverty, racism, the list goes on. From reading and hearing, one may think that if a certain segment of the Black population was not in America, all of our social ills would disappear. Just last week this columnist spoke about “our brothers” with hopes that my words will help heal this community that has been oppressed for generations and now finds itself trapped by a psyche that sees impediments instead of opportunities. However, there are others in media who write and report on the problems of Black America in hopes of reinforcing their own racist stereotypes. Vices such as drug abuse, homicide, promiscuity, sexual misconduct and disease are problems that cross ethnic and class lines in America, but you would never know that if the media were your only source of information. Mainstream media focuses so much attention on the prevalence of these problems in the black community that an outsider would think that segments of white America does not wrestle with the same issues in their homes and communities. Nevertheless, the truth is that American Whites wrestle with these issues and various others that are not prevalent in the black or brown communities. While the vices are largely ignored, stigmatized blacks are further alienated in a society that they have longed to find a place in. The constant negative coverage leads many to devalue their own self worth and lose interest in trying to achieve the American dream.
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