Ok CNN, let’s see if you can do better
Ah two black men in little rock – one light and one dark. The light one makes it; the dark one falters and then is redeemed through the Church. Finally the two black americas. Let’s get it CNN.
The story is familiar – black boy told he shouldn’t go to college, he’d do better being a garabage man. He decides to join the army and goes to Vietnam. He comes back and robs a bank. He goes to jail, comes out and he gets hooked on crack. He stays addicted. He has no relationship with her daughter. He hits rock bottom and turns his life around. He changes his name to an African name, and he becomes a minister. A nice happy ending.
the crack story - Again nothing new. Disparity in the incarceration rates.
trying to obtain a job as an ex con. It wasn’t easy in the past and it sure isn’t easy now. Deeva Pager let’s you know – a black applicant = a white ex felon. Awesome. Unemployment for black men is 10%. Employers won’t hire black men b/c they’re lazy, threatening or the way they present themselves. Corey doesn’t appear to be any of those. CNN and Corey try to apply to marshalls (yeah i can tell where those blue carts are from). That didn’t work. Corey has a daughter and he can’t work anymore. So he suits up and goes to job fairs and interviews. Corey gets a part time job stocking shelves and then gets a full time job. Another CNN happy ending.
And now the light guy. Nice job in little rock – financially secure and proud of his success. Oh the black middle class. Here goes our two seconds. Strong and devoted father of three sons. he was raising them “too white”. Two of his sons are with white women (… sigh). When he moved to his neighborhood the cops came and asked him why he was there. .. typical. One of his sons get arrested at his house, the father is embarrassed. His family believes he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and that he was defending himself. The son was defended in court by his brother, an assistant da.
We can’t talk about black people unless we talk about LA riots. DL Hugley was a blood?! Dang I didn’t know that. His cousin got shot, Hugley got out. Hugley tells his son to cower before the police. My boss told his sons the same thing. That might be the key to making it out of altercation alive.
1 in 3 black men will have a prison record in their lifetime. 60% of black high school dropout will end up in prison.
Nice, the number of black men graduating has quadrupled in the past 60 years. The light skin sons had issues, not black enough for the men and not white enough for the white. They tried to be black by “you know, getting my hair braided and listening to rap music.” please just stop. Black men sacrifice grades for popularity – I can see this with my little brothers. A black high school senior in NYC reads at the level of a white 9th grader.
education in prisons. If this is what it takes for black men to go to school…
absent fathers, let the anger and disappointment begin. One man, two children, two baby mamas. He’s not raising either child. One baby mama is having twins by another man. The man and woman are angry with each other. Both agree he could be a better father but if he hates her guts, why would he want to be around her? His daughter suffers because her parents can’t get along.
Enter my boss (for approx 3 seconds. whomp whomp). History did damage to our gender roles. Poverty doesn’t help either.
The second father is the exact opposite. He was raised by his father; he had a good example to follow. He was working, got laid off and entered the world of the working poor. He turned to his church. He gets married, had two children. Yet another happy ending.
black men in corporate america or acting white (i couldn’t tell). Black men hold 3% of managerial positions in corporate America. My man felt he brought something different to the table. Let’s be frank, they need him to bring that “jiggy fresh” shit to the table. ninja please. He has a JD and a MBA. Once again, he’s too white to be black and too black to be white. You just can’t win brotha.
My friend checked me – all the light skin brother are successful. My darker bros are fucking up. whomp whomp.
the portrayal of black men in the media. Ok CNN don’t let me down now. Paula Poindexter reports that more than 2/3 of the stories about black were about crime. Here comes Spike Lee. We are all tired of the negative images of black men. “Let’s show some balance.” Thank you.
rapper and ballers - The signs of black success. sex, violence and misogyny. Oh please don’t lump all rap and hip hop into one group. Hip hop school, that’s real cute. And here comes Michael Eric Dyson… corporate executives are to blame. Lupe Fiasco (i love you) thinks white AND black executives are to blame. hey they gotta make that $$.
Michael Eric Dyson and his brother – light and dark: success and failure. “Now isn’t that sad, that I had to come to prison to learn this?” – Evertt. Yeah it is sad. I don’t think it’s as simple as light and dark, but i agree skin color plays a part.
I watched this special with two black men, in short they were not impressed. The phrase “that’s bullshit” was thrown around a few times. *shurgs*
Another two hours, pure problems and no solutions. Way to go CNN. So what did ya’ll think?
If you missed it, they’re showing it again on Saturday.