The misshapen portrayal of Black America in media magnifies the negative aspects to the point that it deforms reality. These media programs operate as psychosocial exploitation agendas. These programs are intended to fracture African Americans’ sense of Black racial identity, commitment, and harmony by enslaving them to images of the worst in themselves while persuading them to respect, value, and trust only Whites. It is a clandestine arrangement of power that secures the prolongation of white supremacy by ensuring that African Americans continue to be the most culturally debased and most economically oppressed people in America.
Recently, racial controversy arose surrounding a new movie called The Hunger Games. A couple of hours following the debut of the movie, racist comments surged through Twitter’s mainstream. The anger and irrationality conveyed in many of these tweets were the genuine sentiments of our next generation’s prospe...
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