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Reply to "The Media's Effects On Black Men"

Hi, BlankCanvas! And wel to the board. Smile

First of all, I voted "no" to your question. I think on the whole, it's not all of mass media that is contributing to the demise of the (young) Black males. In fact, the protrayal of Black people on TV has been improved greatly from what it used to be. And while credit is not likely to be given where it is due from many in the Black community, there are plenty of positive images now seen on TV and in movies for Black men and women are shown in a more positive light.

However, there is still a lot of negative, stereotyped image portrayals being promoted and introduced to young Black males from within the youth culture itself. I am a strong believer that 'entertainment' in the form of commercial hip hop/rap music and videos probably has the most detrimental effect on young Black males and causes a continual reinforcement of negative imagery. Especially since it tends to be looked at as a "self-portrayal" or "real Black life" which couldn't be farther from the truth.

So, while we definitely have outside media forces not helping our situation, we are tearing ourselves down from the inside as well. And you're right, there needs to be a lot more 'taking of personal accountability' for that for which we, ourselves, are responsible for.

Also, (and I'm sure I'll be the only one Smile) but I thought your description that Black men are out there 'fuckin' up' was indeed appropriate. Not all, of course, or even most. However, at least to the tune of the 2 million-plus Black men that are either currently or have previously been caught up in the prison industrial complex system - and especially with respect to your subject matter - recidivism, and not to mention the many others who have children that they are showing no positive support to/for ... there may have been a nicer way to put it, but yours was certainly accurate and I can appreciate the honesty!! Smile

Good luck on your research and congratulations on your upcoming graduation from college! tfro It is indeed an accomplishment that you should be proud of!
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