I have been very busy with work and travelling this week, however two stories caught my attention. Although they involved Black children, what I found interesting and most revealing was the reaction of the African American community to both stories.
The first story had to deal with FOXNews personality Glenn Becks spoof of a conversation between President Obama and his daughter Malia on plugging the hole of the oil leak in the Gulf. During a press conference on Thursday, Obama stated: “When I woke up this morning and I’m shaving, and Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, ‘Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?’ “ Beck did a skit on his radio program mocking what this conversation would sound like (here). When I first heard of this story, I thought “hell no, let’s kick Glenn Becks azz!” I read headlines in the MSM such as, “Beck Attacks Obama’s Daughter!” and “Glenn Beck Crosses Line, Teases Malia Obama!” etc. As far as I’m concerned, children are (should be) off limits in political debates. Unfortunately that is certainly not the case in American politics.
However, once I read these articles I thought to myself, there has to be more to the story than this. What Beck did may be considered in bad taste and juvenile, but it was pretty tame, I would even say “inconsequential”, when compared to what was said of Sarah Palin’s children during the 2008 presidential campaign. Still in my “as a father” induced rage, I went to where I would hope to get the real story, a true perspective of what was said and in what context: the African American media and blogging community. Imaging my (non) surprise when I found a parroting of the MSM reports: theloop21, theRoot, the Field Negro. Maybe a little more of an emotional response, understandable since Beck mocked the Black Messiah and the First Daughter, but I found nothing more of any value.
The second story that caught my attention this week involved an RCMP officer who returned from Haiti and reports that orphans are being smuggled into the Dominican Republic to be used as sex slaves and in child sex videos (read article here). Once again in my “as a father” induced rage, I went to where I would hope to get the real story, a deeper perspective of what was actually happening: the African American media and blogging community. Imaging my (non) surprise when I found nothing at all in regards to this story.
So what ignites African American pseudo-intellectual rage? Glenn Beck’s childish antics or the worldwide phenomenon of sexual exploitation of Black/African children? I saw on Field Negro’s blog, a call to boycott Beck’s sponsors. Really!? Does Glenn Beck have that much power on the quality of life in the African American community!? How about calling for a boycott of the corporations that fund the militias in the Congo that rape women and girls, so that these corporations can control the mineral resources of the country (here).
I’m sure the Obamas, especially Malia Obama, isn’t losing any sleep over the comments of Glenn Beck. She will do more than “okay” in this life. With the prestige and privileges now associated with the “Obama” name, her life will be more like the black princess in the Disney movie, The Princess and the Frog. In contrast, there will be soon be the release of countless sex videos starring nameless Haitian orphans for the African American media and blogging community to ignore, while eagerly waiting to report and comment on the next Glenn Beck fiasco.
I saw an interview with Barbara Harris of Project Prevention on BBC HARDtalk. Her organization offers cash incentives to women that are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol to use long-term or permanent birth control. See part of that interview here. Controversial issue no doubt.