Media Gag Rules for Black News Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013
“The (racial) bias of each medium of communication is far more distorting than the deliberate lie,” Marshall McLuhan
There’s another revolution in another Middle Eastern country this week. And again, the America press is flabbergasted about another banana republic gagging the corporate press. Government and corporate restricting of mass media access to public events, and denying the public an account of horrific events, sounds more like the media in America. Why are American’s fretting about foreign hypocrisies when restriction to accurate information about black Americans has always been a media mandate. For example, opinionated bureaucrats and corporate interests have decreed newspapers to not publish patterns of police racism, or research housing discrimination, or even publish patterns of employment discrimination.
Tens of thousands of Chinese citizens and government officials did not want an American writer to publish a truth about China. A Chinese-American recently received thousands of hate e-mail because she made public, China’s decretory style of barbarism. Her distractors wanted their government’s brutal history to be swept under the rug. Their martyr, Chairman’s Mao Tse-tung, led a 27-year reign that killed tens of millions of innocent people. In addition, hundreds of millions were incarcerated, tortured, raped and mutilated. These sanctioned atrocities are reasons why the author writes about choosing American as her adopted country. It was an evil time for many innocent Chinese, she concurred. Still, Chinese ex-patriots in America did not appreciate her exploiting a blighted but factual moment of Chinese history.
That’s the same attitude of school districts in states like Texas and Mississippi. The blighted moments of sanctioned slavery killed millions of African-Americans. Much like conservative Chinese communists, ultraconservative American Republicans believe the history of the black holocaust should be hidden until forgotten. While foreign governments and tyrannical leaders neutered mass media, corporate America and special interest politicians have sterilized Americans schoolbooks.
When school districts adopt a sequestered version of historical events and newspapers restrict coverage to corporate interests, it dehumanizes the continuing struggle for racial equality. This collaboration has helped maintain black people as second-class citizens. With taxpayer money, these sacred institutions falsely preach to imply that blacks are incapable of breaking from the bondage of second-class healthcare, second-class education and second-class jobs. The morbid circumstances from Jim Crow segregation are never considered.
These beliefs are similar to America’s original rejection of its Anglo heritage. When tens of millions of European immigrants bearing many shades of Caucasian races landed in America, they left their uniqueness on Ellis Island. The first systematic coordination to restrict or eliminate the immigration of German, Irish, and Italian ancestry was enforced by Calvinist ideology. These foreigners of different religions had 16 different skin tones of whiteness that were segregated by art, music and literature. Newspapers condemned most of the new Anglos and puritan scholars lambasted foreigners as un-American and un-intelligent. Un-American activities included using their native language, enjoying indigenous food, promoting black diversity or claiming their heritage at public institutions.
Despite cultural advances, the conspiracy between ultra-conservatives and school districts continue to deny black and white culture the truth about unorganized opposition to racial equality. Native Americans who were beaten when speaking their native language could have warned foreigners that ethnic censorship was predictable with financiers in control of school districts and newspapers.
Today, a Detroit school district throws out volumes of black history achieves. An investigation reveals that the act had racist intentions meant to disavow future students black history. Should not the media be up in arms about this Nazi disrespect for historical documents. Also, when the state of Texas sanitizes books about the history of blacks, should not the press cite the constitution while mocking this communistic draconian attempt to change facts of American life? Apparently in Tennessee, Native American annihilation and African-American enslavement are the hallucinations of a elitist liberal.
Many public school libraries do not even stock books about black history or place books about blacks in separate and unequal areas of the library. Even public television ignores African-American history. Wisconsin Public broadcasting schedules documentaries that portray negative stereotypes of black poverty, unwed mothers, incarcerated fathers, etc. It would contradict racist beliefs to air a show about the black that was the first heart surgeon or how environmental racism transforms black neighborhoods. The public state system is not broke to white audiences, so why fix it for a black audience is the standard response from the station manager.
Even, the martinet caretakers of black history present a homogenized image of black struggles. When Martin Luther King is only remembered for one phase in his fight against racial oppression, we erase his cumulative narration about his anti-war and poor peoples campaign. Because his preceding actions are ignored, the significance of today’s poverty is retrofitted to old stereotypes. By again placing the blame on the victim, historical theories of black poverty are contaminated with fabricated propaganda for mainstream consumption.
Still, newspapers, corporations, state governments, and communist monarchies admit molding the inconvenient truth of nationalist history into their self-righteous image. Most simply market a conciliatory image that befits a prominent social stature. Preserving national identities from historical truth helps to placate the masses with false security. The blamelessness and innocence of their ideologies is not to be questioned by historians or reactionaries. As one teacher discovered, to do so would risk social alienation and/or job termination. Why would governments like China or America pay media tribute to those who were killed or enslaved by their respective autocracies?
The Chinese-American women defended her published accusations of a tyrannical despot with documented research. Still, she should have realized that her distractors were denying government sanctioned murder and incarceration because they benefited from the atrocities. When Malcolm X proved his factual accusations about white devil profiteers, historians pacified his speeches to tone down racist rhetoric that emphasized Malcolm’s reasons to hate procrastinating liberals. His conversations are just as relevant now as then. When we tell untruths in our schoolbooks, we are letting conservative ideologies separate today’s appeasing truth from the realities of historical institutionalized racial oppression. The absolute power to manipulate what education is taught is not just a communist or socialist trait. The penchant for defrauding historical truths has also become an American epidemic in which to restrict human interaction and supportive associations.
Just recently, the government of a Dutch nation publicly apologized for its historic role in transporting slaves. The mass media reported on how government sanctioned maritime slavers of the 15th-19th century earned enormous profits from human bondage. The discovered remains of a Dutch slave ship that was purposely sunk with nearly 700-chained slaves abroad was archival history. The underwater image of bones shackled to rotting wooden planks is not misunderstood. The incapacitated slaves drowning in the ships hole were worth more profit when dead, then alive, according to Holland insurance archival records.
Such hidden truths are still secret in America. It’s still a truth among older blacks that the Mississippi River is a mass graveyard for thousands of missing blacks. Like China’s invisible dead, the tens of millions of blacks whose government-sanctioned murders in Holland, British Empire, America, Portugal, and Belgium are forgotten histories best not remembered in mass media or public schools. Many American ultra conservative activists promptly repudiate the hundreds of thousands of black bodies that suffered from brutal lynching, thrashings, and starvation. These atrocities are steeped in layers of forgotten world history that are presented by high deaths from inferior health care, a racist criminal justice system, and white nepotism employment practices.
Blacks that disappeared during the oxymoronic reign of American democracy are ghosts that will forever haunt this country. But like the Chinese government and their ex-patriots living in America; American schools and newspapers just want to forget Americans continuing saga of medieval torture, dismemberment, and attempts at black extinction.
When will we stop pretending that the Confederacy lost the Civil War?