*Here’s an interesting essay from Tanya Steele over at the Shadow and Act blog.
It deals with what she perceives as CNN’s seemingly careless disregard and disrespect for black people and other folks of coloe. We found it to be quite interesting and illuminating and thought we’d share it with you.
For the longest time, I turned to Anderson Cooper as a compassionate, caring voice in media. But, last night, with the segments on Walter Scott, I was done with CNN.
Last night, the video of Walter Scott’s murder was broadcast, internationally. His cold blooded murder was on a loop, shown over and over and over again. Now, mind you, CNN is shown in airports, at restaurants, in venues all over the world, uninterrupted. Venues where children are; venues where teenagers are; venues where adults are. Where people can look up at a screen, over dinner and see a Black man being murdered, repeatedly. No filter. No warning. No regard for Walter Scott’s life or death. Absolutely NO regard for his humanity.
I have written about this before. Dead Black and Brown bodies are put on full display, but White bodies have a filter over them, or are, in some way, shrouded. Mike Brown’s body on television, repeatedly, lay on that ground for longer than four hours. It was there for weeks as the media kept it there for ratings.
At this stage, it is safe to say that CNN does not give two f***s about Black life or death. Even MSNBC only showed still photographs of the shooting within the first hour of reporting it.
And not just this; Anderson Cooper, almost immediately, started talking about Walter Scott’s non-payment of child support. Trying to present the other side? He attempted to couch it as, he really didn’t have anything in his past that warranted an altercation, but this is what was in his record. WALTER SCOTT WAS RUNNING AWAY. I don’t care if the man robbed five banks and had the money on him. THE POLICE OFFICER KILLED A FATHER who will no longer see THOSE children. Which crime is worse? Yeah, the fact is, another human being shot a man in cold blood, with bald confidence, planted evidence near his body, and then lied about it.
Read the rest of Tanya Steele’s essay at Shadow and Act.