This is really IMPORTANT. I’ve had many conversations with Black people about how EVERY SINGLE THING conveyed via media is a conscious choice by people. Media is not arbitrary, random, neutral nor apolitical.
Crime stories that feature Black men’s photos but not White men’s photos on local news is a choice. Calling White male terrorism anything but the terrorism it is, is a choice. Creating films that are racist/sexist and are for the purposes of affirming White supremacy and patriarchy are choices.
Media is not arbitrary. It doesn’t only reveal or speak of culture, it creates it. Many Black people get very very angry with other Black people who are critically conscious about media. I’ve been attacked harder for critiquing media that denigrates Black people than I have been for critiquing Obama, religion, marriage, sports or anything else. I was cursed out for not worshipping Django Unchained.
I think this wilful ignorance that some of us have, or even just unconsciousness regarding colonization is dangerous, but I find the former more dangerous than the latter. People who are forcefully not trying to dissect the media that harms us and praise those who tear us apart (including Black creators of cultural production; it’s not only White people who create things that reaffirms White supremacy) are dangerous to me. Like…I can’t even be around them. I don’t trust them. It means they are not even seeing how media itself is shaping some of the dangerous thoughts and behaviors that they exhibit in their own lives. They make me antsy to be around. I say this because for example, I’ve had men threaten me in real life using lines from songs and films. In real life though….saying this to my face. And, they don’t have to be so direct; reinforcing negative narratives about a people impacts how others see them and how they seem themselves.
Media is not arbitrary, random, neutral nor apolitical.(via gradientlair)