Entry: "Friday mumbling..."
I can't help but notice the now never-ending stream of prominent Black males that have been and are still being villified in the media over charges of sexual misconduct or outright sexual deviancy. Come on guys, but I smell something fishy here most def. Black men have always had major exposure on the news but mostly in a negative or criminal spotlight since the beginning of time. It just strikes me as odd that in just the last two years we have seen an almost concerted effort by the mainstream media to latch on to every unfounded allegation, rumor, or accusation and make it headline news for months. Now the latest target, Kweisi Mfume, who coincidentially just happens to be running for the Senate. I myself find it suspect in the timing of these charges not only against him , but other men of prominence. Charges and allegations from decades ago in their pasts. Now if they did it thats a different story, but what I'm saying is why do folk wait so long, or until someone they used to have connections with are starting to do good for themselves before they come out the woodwork and start hurling accusations? Speak up when it happens, if it happens. It is so permanently devastating to a presumably innocent person's character to have to defend themselves against unproven and unsubstantiated accusations from the long forgotten past...In Mfume's case, I honestly must say I genuinely like the man. I know of his troubled past, the way he changed his life and was fast becoming one of the top men of prominence on the national scene. Now folk bear in mind that this is only my opinion concerning him or this issue so if you disagree, it's still cool by me. But it just seems like it's open season on Black men of prominence lately...
8 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.
on Monday, May 2nd, 2005 @ 04:34 PM EST
oh lookie! there's my friend well i still notice a lot of racism in 2005 ..
here in the netherlands, if someone commits a crime and it is a white person they will say:
"a 27 year old male blablabla"
but when it's a black man, they will say:
"a 27 year old BLACK male"
which annoys the hell out of me!
on Monday, May 2nd, 2005 @ 12:39 PM EST
I blogged about this subject a few weeks ago. I do believe that it's open season on Black men, most certainly.
on Sunday, May 1st, 2005 @ 11:40 PM EST
Ditto to what Carla had to say. It's a tough call since WE REALLY don't know whether the allegations are true or false. I do believe that people are trying to "cash in" when they speak up on something that occurred years earlier, but black men especially NEED to make sure that they don't give the media anything to work with at any point in time or they will run with it like the devil!
on Sunday, May 1st, 2005 @ 05:42 PM EST
Thats a tough one. I wish I could sometimes take a solid position on a topic, but I'm all over the place. I do think the media loves a good sleezy black-man on the downfall story. However I work for the media, I sit in the news meetings and they pretty much call them how they see them. I wish that more of our men would give the media less a reason to draw attention to sexual misconduct. I do think the reason is greed. People think that by coming forward at a particular time will result in a cash fallout or their 15-minutes of fame.
on Sunday, May 1st, 2005 @ 01:42 PM EST
This is a great post!
I hope you and the family are enjoying your weekend.
on Saturday, April 30th, 2005 @ 01:31 PM EST
that's sad...but then if pple r so dumb as to believe everything then i don't know anymore....
anyway have a great weekend!!
on Saturday, April 30th, 2005 @ 01:23 PM EST
...oh i don't buy all that yesterday.. crap.. why did you know speak up then.. stand up and make your voice heard.. when the memory is fresh... Arg.. what made you so brave now... that you just had to speak up..
on Saturday, April 30th, 2005 @ 01:13 AM EST
You actually touched on it rather poignantly mr. Greg. The part where you mentioned folks "waiting so long" before speaking out. Think about the weight that hidden implications hold. The gravity of "alleged" instances that 1 person can hold over another from fear of exposing and extorting them seems to be happening repeatedly, 1 after the other with some of our brothers.
I don't know if we are thinking about if these folks did what they are accused of. I think it's more about, well what were you waiting for to report it? One woman accused Cosby of sexual misconduct that supposedly happened 20-30 or so years ago! What the?!!
The same thing with MiJac, Barry Bonds & RKelly. Now, I may not believe that there's a systematic bullseye put on these guys, but I do question the validity of some of the accusations when they come so much later. Have a great weekend buddy.