Jul 23, 2008

I am really disappointed with Black in America. You would think with all this hype CNN was really going to bring it, but then again we are talking about mainstream media so I shouldn't be surprised. Although I will applaud CNN for putting forth the effort to try and shine a light on the Black experience in this country, I will say that it definitely fell short of my expectations. How can you say you are doing a show on black women and the majority of the speakers are black men? I mean I'm confused or maybe I am just being picky. They brought up many topics, but yet they only scratch the surface of those topics. The really didn't touch upon what it really means to be a black woman in this country. They didn't even touch upon the pain in which black women suffer in silence. The reason for this suffering is because black pain is only associated with the pain in which the black man suffers. I guess that is the reason why CNN decided to dedicate two hours to the black man, but only gave the black woman 20 minutes on tonight's show. I'm pretty sure people are going to bring up the fact of time restraints, but let's get real. I think we would have been better off if Spike Lee would have done this documentary. At least then we would have got down to the nitty gritty.

There are some real issues that could have been discussed as far as the black woman is concerned. Why are we the bastard children of our own race? The black woman is asked to bear so much. I'm sorry, but that show really pissed me the hell off because it was pretty much the same ole same ole. There are so many dynamics when it comes to being a black woman in this country. I really feel that they could have told our story better. I just hope they do more on tomorrow's show which I am pretty sure they will.

Oh, and here's another problem I have. Why is it that we as a people try to romanticize the fact that our mother's were rape during slavery? Why do we pretend as though the viscous rapes that took place between slave and slave owner was some sort of love story? I really need someone to explain this to me.

Please tell me what you think? I want to know what you think about the first night of Black In America. Did it live up to your expectations? Do you think they paid too much attention to the negative and not enough to the positive? Do you think Spike Lee should do a documentary on being Black in America like he did for Hurricane Katrina?


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