I am annoyed by the entertainment industry’s negligence to stop perpetuating harmful stereo types in regards to African Americans. Last night I watched another episode of the Keisha Cole show. WHY? I know we’ve been down this road time and time again. But how can we fault other races for their racist/offensive opinions about us when all a person has to do is spend a few hours watching the BET network.
According to BET we appear to be money spending, non-articulate, ghetto, rapping/singing, buffoon acting, materialist, and not interested in any social issues group of people. This is particularly true with my generation on down. If you took a group of foreigners who have never been to American and placed them in a room to study the African American culture via BET. What would they come out knowing? Would they really have a solid understanding and appreciation of us?
What is Black Entertainment Television’s mission or purpose? To entertain by any means necessary? What are they teaching our youth? Well I looked at their website and found the following:
CORPORATE MISSION: To be the preeminent source of entertainment, music, news and information for the African-American consumer.
So obviously promoting/ displaying a positive portrayal or uplifting African Americans isn’t top priority on their list. You can be entertaining without being offensive particularly to the demographic you’re catering to. Why would another network or group of people need to poke fun at our culture when we do an excellent job on our own? Don’t get me wrong BET use to be okay. I’m just not sure what has happened in recent years… Or maybe it’s just me?