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BN-W eNewsletter #24

Posted in: eNews 2005
By BN-W
Jan 23, 2005 - 1:11:04 PM

HOT 97 - THE NEW YORK TIMES - METRO NEWSPAPER


 

We just wanted to give you a quick BN-W viewpoint on the HOT 97 radio station (Emmis Communications) and The New York Times/Metro Newspaper issues.   Be sure to link onto the Web sites for the Schomburg education project and the PBS special airing this month, which are both farther down in this document.   They’re awesome!

HOT 97 – Emmis Communications

New York City’s HOT 97, a rap/hip-hop radio station owned by Emmis Communications, recently fired two staff members and put others on a two-week suspension.   These individuals were part of the Miss Jones morning show team and they participated in a “Tsunami Song” that made fun of the Tsunami tragedy.   The song had lyrics that included “screaming chinks,” “Africans drowning,” “little Chinamen,” “bitches swim,” “a tree went through her head,” and “child slavery.”   No doubt, these lyrics are a disgrace, especially considering the tragedy that took place with so many innocent and totally unsuspecting people dying.

Unfortunately, somehow Miss Info, a member of the Miss Jones morning show team, managed to get away with no discipline.   Why is that?   Because she’s Asian (or half Asian?) and voiced opposition when it applied to Asians?   She’s been participating in and supportive of an environment that consistently allows racial slurs to be aired through the music it plays.   The N-word is on practically every song that HOT 97/Emmis Communications plays on a daily basis.   Why hasn’t she taken a stand on that?   Surely, people who work at the station use it, especially since, again, they program the music that their youthful listeners digest every day all day – for better or for worse.   And as we all can see, it’s definitely for worse.   The proliferation of thug life, drug/alcohol abuse, excessive promotion of sex and materialism is having an all-around negative impact on us all.   Again, why hasn’t she taken a stand all this time?

Miss Info is in the spotlight for supposedly being the only one to do right in voicing her opposition to the song – but that’s incorrect – she hasn’t truly done right.   If these are her core feelings, she should have been doing more against the excessive use of the N-word all along and this situation would never have escalated to a “Tsunami Song” because the respect level for all races and cultures would have been established.   Her complicity – and lack of leadership in general – allowed the situation to go up another notch, which resulted in a team with a big enough ego to think they could get away with doing a “Tsunami Song.”   She doesn’t deserve the accolades she’s getting, especially if this is what it took for her to finally be offended by what her employer, Emmis Communications, has allowed to go on for years.   As a member of the Miss Jones morning show and an employee of Emmis Communications, she participated in racial prejudice just as much as the others who were fired or suspended.   She shouldn’t get praised when she’s supported the N-word usage and the environment of racial insensitivity that HOT 97 and Emmis Communications is known for through the unbalanced and one-sided type of rap/hip-hop music it has been and continues to program all day every day for the consumption and absorption by youth.   Ultimately, this works against all of us.

An excellent Web site that everyone should check out is www.industryears.com .   There’s a wealth of information about the destructive images that are intentionally being put out there for our youth to soak up.   More importantly, it provides information on ways to make effective change.   We came across this site while checking on the Essence magazine Web site ( www.essence.com ) for the latest on its yearlong “Take Back the Music” campaign.   There are some interesting comments in there, check it out every now and then when you can.

New York Times/Metro Newspaper

As mentioned in BN-W #22, the New York Times continues to be vague about its stance on the Metro Newspaper purchase.   There’s still nothing current to be found on its Web site about this deal.   The primary source continues to be www.mediachannel.org , which has added three additional stories to its site (as of 2/4/05, there are now eight links on this story).

We also found a small piece written in the 1/31/05 edition of the AM New York free newspaper (Metro’s competition in New York City), which stated that the “Massachusetts State Lottery will pull $20,000 worth of ads slated to run in the Metro Boston newspaper because of racist comments made by Metro executives and other controversies surrounding the paper….the decision was based on ‘a black cloud’ hanging over the Metro operation.”   After doing a search on the Massachusetts State Lottery, we also found this Boston Herald article:   Click here for the full article

The following excerpt is an 1862 New York Times editorial to the draft of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln.   If you had a chance to purchase the DVD or view the PBS special on the boxer Jack Johnson (“Unforgivable Blackness”), then you already have just a few snippets of the racist and condescending attitude displayed in its newspaper toward Johnson in the 1900s.   The small excerpt below makes you ask – has the New York Times truly changed its thinking now that we’re in the 21st century?   Since the New York Times is still considering going through with the admittedly racist Metro newspaper, we guess not.   This New York Times editorial excerpt is taken from “The African-American Archive” edited by Kai Wright (p. 330):

“If the President supposes that millions of men, who never made a bargain in their lives, who never consulted on any subject affecting their own interests, who never made provision for their own support, or had the slightest charge connected with the maintenance of wives or children, and who have worked all their lives under the pressure of force and fear, can pass suddenly to the condition of free men, – recognizing at once all its responsibilities and performing all its duties, – he must believe the age of miracles is not yet past.   If the Proclamation makes the slaves actually free, there will come the further duty of making them work.   That the whole negro race is to remain idle if it should choose so to do, being free, no one can seriously propose.   If the slaves choose to ‘labor faithfully for reasonable wages’ – very well: – they will establish their claim to freedom by the highest titles, the ability to use and enjoy it.   But if they do not, they must be compelled to do it, – not by brute force, nor by being owned like cattle, and denied every human right, but by just and equal laws – such laws as in every community control and forbid vagrancy, mendicancy and all the shapes by which idle vagabondage preys upon industry and thrift.”

You can clearly see the smug and patronizing pompous arrogance and audacity of the New York Times continues in 2005 – as it did in the 1800s and 1900s.  New York Times, do you realize the following:   Blacks built this country through free labor!   Blacks invented tools and equipment that they’ll never get credit for due to “master” theft “under the pressure of force and fear”!   Blacks put Whites in a constant state of fear due to the real and accurate perceptions of, as well as actual, slave revolts and uprisings – especially since Whites knew (and still know) that slavery was wrong but complied with it anyway and still refuse to officially apologize for it!   Why?   And finally – the most damaging – Black men’s “wives” and “children” were raped regularly by White men and Black families were broken up routinely by greedy slaveholders who put Blacks on auction block displays and sold them to other human beings!   And the New York Times is vain and bold enough to write this type of editorial in the 19th Century and then want to do business with a blatantly racist organization today – in the 21st Century!   New York Times, you’ve got some explaining to do – we’re waiting.

Subscribing to and/or purchasing a copy of the New York Times off the newsstand will not happen in the BN-W camp as long as they continue the game they’ve been playing – the game of steadfast silence.   Although free, the Metro newspaper will also be left on its display rack by the BN-W camp.

Must-See Historical Perspectives

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which is located in Harlem, has officially launched the creation of its new education project on the Black “migration over the past 400 years” in America.   The project is entitled “In Motion:   The African-American Migration Experience.”   It’s all that!   The Web site is now up and you can check it out at www.inmotionaame.org .

For Black History Month, PBS will air the four-part series – “Slavery and The Making of America – on February 9th and February 16th.   This series is narrated by Morgan Freeman and “tells the story of slavery from the point of view of the enslaved.   The series recognizes the strength, humanity and dignity of the enslaved and redefines them as pro-active freedom fighters not passive victims.”   The Web site is:   http://www.pbs.org/slavery .   “Ib” thanks for sending this Web site link our way.

 

BN-W Monitor Coming Soon:   “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” [Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris]; “Hitch” [Will Smith, Eva Mendes]; “The Honeymooners” [Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union]; “King’s Ransom” [Anthony Anderson]; “The Pacifier” [Vin Diesel]; “Beauty Shop” [Queen Latifah, Ice Cube]; “Guess Who” [Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher]; “Man of the House” [Cedric the Entertainer, Tommy Lee Jones]; “An Unfinished Life” [Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford]

Also Coming :   Dave Chappelle “Analysis”; DVD Monitoring; Spring 2005 Music Monitoring

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