Racism in Media

“I’m old enough to remember when ‘Boyz ‘n the Hood’ came out, and how John Singleton was lauded for bringing attention to ‘black-on-black’ crime and absentee dads. Singleton himself included several dialogue scenes in the film in which the lead characters complain that the news never mentions the violence going on in the inner cities. Singleton even testified before the U.S. Senate about these issues. Many, many publications at the time supported Singleton for bringing to light issues that the ‘white media’ ignores.

So back then, it was considered racist for the media to ignore black-on-black crime and absentee black fathers. And now, here we are in 2015, and apparently it’s racist for the media to give attention to black-on-black crime and absentee black fathers. How did this shift occur?”

David Cole

Inequality in America’s State Schools

“Last Saturday marked the 60-year anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that desegregated America’s public schools.

Again and again, we still hear the unscientific mantra that the only difference is ‘skin color.’ When we are told that ‘African Americans were underrepresented by 48 percent in gifted education,’ the implication is that this is solely due to white racism rather than a natural dearth of gifted black students.

After 60 years, is it still accurate to call it ‘prejudice’? Forget about ‘separate but equal’—maybe what many Americans have learned over the past few generations is that even if you force everyone into the same classroom, they’re still going to be unequal.”

Taki’s Magazine