I recently was on stage with a number of Black Journalists at the monthly National Association of Black Journalists meeting at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History here in Detroit.
The topic was dealing with Don Imus incident. Now we have heard the same things about how stupid it was for Don Imus to make such remarks but it helped open a door for genuine discussion in our community on race relations. In fact, Desiree Cooper from the Detroit Free Press said it best, Whites should have this conversation in their own community to solve in differences with other races of people.
Yes, that is true. However, while most of the panel were stuck on how rappers use profane language in their lyrics I tried to add a twist to the discussion.
The point I was trying to make is this. While we are crucifying Don Imus for calling the Rutgers Basketball team 'nappy headed hoes' (knowing that this type of talk is going on in women basketball circles all across America) I discussed how Black liberal leadership are playing the double standard.
When racists bigots painted a picture of Michael Steele in Blackface no one responded.
What about the countless times of how Dr. Condoleeza Rice has been depicted in the most inhumane way. Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip have referred Dr. Rice as "Brown Sugar" while Ted Rall's cartoon suggesting she was a "house nigga" needing "racial re-education" and Jeff Danziger depicting her a the slave "Prissy" from the movie "Gone With the Wind." Additionally, former entertainer Harry Belafonte referred to Secretary Rice as a "house slave" and "sell-out," while NAACP chairman Julian Bond called her a "shield" used by the Bush Administration to deflect racial criticism.
Where was the NNPA to cover this? Where was the Black press to cover this?
In fact, just last September when a group of us were walking around with Dick DeVos on Labor Day in Downtown Detroit Channel 4 got a good shot of me with my Black Republican T-Shirt on. What did the Black Press do? They said I was being paid to walk around with that shirt on. Who said that?
Not one time did the Black Press asked me why I was supporting DeVos or any Republican candidate. They simply assumed I was being bought off like a house slave.
The Black press also have a thing against brothers and sisters in academia who are not considered liberal. Any black who deviated from the ideological litany of requisites was an oddity and was to be cut from the herd and attacked.
One liberal told me that our voice can be heard through people like Shelby Steele and Thomas Sowell from the Hoover Institution. While you can read those conservative scholars works in newspapers all across America on a weekly basis they are usually out of White media outlets. I mean do not get me wrong utilize what you have. But how come NNPA will not cover those stories?
For those who may not know what the NNPA is they are The National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America It is a 65-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers from across the United States. Since World War II, it has also served as the industry's news service, a position that it has held without peer or competitor since the Associated Negro Press dissolved by 1970.
I highlighted that sentence because this is the problem. While Black Conservatives have relied on the White media to tell their story to mainstream audiences across America Black conservatives have no voice within our own community to combat the negative ignorance that Black liberals are getting away with in the Black Press when it comes to Black Conservatives. We often ask where is the balance in covering the news when it pertains to Black Republicans?
While the rest of the country who was bamboolzed into electing Democratic leadership (which makes no damn difference who is in charge because neither party right now cannot steer the course) Blacks should have been prepared to control our own destiny on family values, educational choice, personal responsibility and building conservative neighborhoods through economic development to build urban regional power. As I have stated many times Blacks must be able to work both sides of the aisle. If we have Barack Obama in the U.S Senate on the Democratic side then we should have had Michael Steele on the Republican side.
Even Hazel Trice Edney reported Anything but ‘The Year of the Black Republican’ last November after the general elections. Why not encourage young people to vote their values?Unfortunately, most Blacks who read the newspaper cannot comprehend information to begin with. That is why liberals get Ultra-liberals scholars like Ron Walters and Michael Eric Dyson to interpret the message of Black Republicans (which is usually all lies and deception).
Yet, the NNPA would like Black Republicans to spend money with them especially during election season. A double standard in the works. You talk about how Black Republicans are failues yet you want my money. At the same time the NNPA has been disappointed in Democratic circles because they too will not spend money with the Black Press.
The NNPA should open the doors for new Black Conservative voices like Mason Weaver who always have something to say as well as I.C. Jackson from Grand Rapids. We need representation on both sides of the spectrum.
I think if we stop always giving free press to people like Greg Mathis and giving more time to people like Felicia Benamon (who has a strong conservative voice) or at least demonstrate some balance in fair reporting I think the NNPA could make a huge difference in influencing the vote on both sides.