African Shock Jocks Expose Self-Colonialising Usage of Ethnic Stereotyping in Entertainment
America is a mentally ill nation that refuses to
accept it's own blatant contradictions. While conservatives as well as
progressives proclaim America, bias-free, traditional American
ethnic bias continues unabated. Even in media that purports to represent
ethnic minorities in the United States.
As I have written before in
a series of articles for the now defunct French-language African cultural magazine
"Racial Crisis," I pointed out that historical ethnic bias and
institutionalised Eurocentric racism in the United States was as pervasive on the oppressors
as well as the victims of said oppression. I went further to point out
that racial attitudes amongst communities subjected to ethnic marginalisation
are generally mirrors of the predominating social system rather than biases
engendered by direct experience.
European colonialism and
imperial control especially under the British in the 1800's utilised
"Divide and Conquer" to greater effect in India, Africa, Western Asia, Nepal, Tibet and the Americas before and during the Revolutionary
War against the English Crown. These practises cannot be divorced from
the current trends within American social biases and the fact that generations
of American citizens have been personally affected and indoctrinated by traditional
ethnic biases established by the European cultural paradigm from first contact
in the Americas up to the present day.
Minorities are not immune
to ethnic bias against other minorities. (i.e., zealous American
Catholics eager to denounce what they perceive as anti-Catholic bias)
This is not to say that such individuals are "racist" as
"minorities" do not generally wield the economic, legal or military
force to impose their collective bias against other groups aside from isolated
cases of ethnic discrimination that leads to denial of services or criminal
cases of assault or intimidation. The socio-political power to employ
"reverse-discrimination" simply does not exist in any great measure
aside from doltish biases and ill-tempered language.
The latter is the
current crux of the problem. In the hail of condemnation following
remarks from shock jock Don Imus and his subsequent firing by CBS, the real
damage of America's ugly history of racism is ignored
as "good, clean fun."
Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter,
Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Michael Medved, Debbie Schlussel and a host of
other neo-conservative pundits spew racially-tinged commentary on a daily basis
in every media form available without being called on it except by those media
outlets outside of the corporative news world. The fact that such bias
goes on unabated is not new. But the face of such bias is now becoming
Michelle Malkin, Shelby
Steele, Armstrong Williams and many hosts of predominately African community
radio stations are little different than their media counterparts in
ridiculously bigoted language and insinuation on the matter of ethnic
parity. And while it is all to easy to list these people as "Uncle
Toms," this gets us nowhere. Why would the victims of racism now
espouse those very same biases, many of which would by default apply to them as
Franz Fanon documented the
psychological damage colonialism does to the colonial subject in great
detail. I will not go into the details here as I strongly suggest that
the reader take the time to review the book. But I will go on to the
suggest that such a framework exists for understanding why so many of us are
buying into this system of racism. For African radio hosts to use the
same language as those who have marginalised us is telling of the self-hatred
that has been installed within us after centuries of abuse at the hands of the
colonial society that to this day steadfastly denies a racially-biases origin
that serves as the basis of it's internal social policy.
continuation of the American hate ethic will swallow this nation whole.
And the brainwashed on all sides will be responsible for the outcome such
ignorance engenders, nurtures and struggles to keep aloft. Ethnic bigotry
only works for the system, not those caught up in the system.
And that includes you and
me. - The Angryindian
Hypocrisy in Media: 101 - In a bit last week on Miss Jones in the Morning, the show on New York’s Hot 97. The hosts were talking about a recent controversy involving Jennifer Lopez and her new Spanish language album. Miss Jones’ male sidekick said "That bitch ain’t really Puerto Rican. She can’t even have a baby."
Irony number one: This comment was made in the middle of what historians may later term "Don Imus week." Irony number two: I actually didn’t hear the joke live. I caught it later in the day in a promo in which Hot 97 replays the funniest bits from the morning show.
So I am not surprised that black shock jocks, including the often hysterically funny Wendy Williams, didn't jump on the anti-Imus band wagon. The New York Times had this interesting article on the rules on racial humor on the radio. One of the rules is that the joke has to be actually funny. Rule number two is that cross racial (or gender or sexual orientation) humor can be funny, but it’s a more tricky proposition. The Imus and J-Lo jokes fail both these rules.