The Media and the Negative Affect on the African American Community
Malcolm X, was a civil rights activist in the 1960s, famous for his quote, “by any means necessary.” According to Malcolm X (1960s), “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” The media has sullied African Americans for many, many years which lead me to believe they should be censored and regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
One may ask, “Who is the Media”? From an African Americans perspective the media is mostly White Supremacist which consists of Multi-National Corporations and members of the Caucasian race who believe they are superior to other groups or races of the world, particularly African Americans. Would it be fair for African Americans to display whites as rapists, and murderers for lynching, burning, beating our ancestors? Nevertheless, the media portrayed Malcolm as a man of hatred merely because of his words. Perhaps it was his famous quote, “by any means necessary.” If one would delve further into the quote, one would learn that Malcolm believed that African Americans were entitled to secure their rights “by any means necessary,” up to and including the use of violence in defending themselves. But, who did he kill? Who did he rape? Who did he lynch? Who did he burn? Was he ever associated with violence or any public disturbance? This has yet to be reported by the media.
In 1998, Laura S. Moncur, a white writer expressed her view on the Spike Lee movie about Malcolm X. Laura believed there was a great deal of excitement surrounding the movie but not much about Malcolm X. She felt there were a few clips showing a man with a strong voice talking angrily. Laura did not know what to think about Malcolm; the media had portrayed him as a violent man, yet after reading many of his quotations, Laura...
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