*rubs temples*

(Thanks, Bcbgrl33!!!)

So, via Facebook, Bcbgrl sent me a link to the Grio's post on a 4-year-old child who was interviewed at a crime scene and then predictably edited later.
Chicago news station WBBM-TV has come under fire for misconstruing the words of an African-American child in an interview at a crime scene. Last month, the news station aired a piece about a drive by shooting in which two teenagers were injured. At the scene of the crime, a freelance photographer asked a 4-year-old boy who had reportedly seen the shooting if what had happened made him scared. According to the Maynard Institute, the transcript of the edited piece that aired last month reads as follows:

Boy: "I'm not scared of nothing."

Reporter: "When you get older are you going to stay away from all these guns?"

Boy: "No."

Reporter: "No? What are you going to do when you get older?"

Boy: "I'm going to have me a gun!"


Bartelstein ended the story saying, "that was scary indeed."

Co-anchor Susan Carlson exclaimed, "hearing that little boy there, wow!""

What the aired piece failed to include was the rest of the little boy's interview -- in which he clarifies that he will have a gun because be wants to be a police officer. Maynard Institute reports that Shawnelle Richie, the director of communications for CBS 2, freely admitted that the piece should not have been aired, saying, "We acknowledge that a mistake was made, both in the reporting and editing of the story." She did not however clarify or mention that the boy's comments were misconstrued.


And cue the usual bullshit apology:
"We accept responsibility for the mistakes that were made, both in the reporting and editing of the story. The video of the child should not have aired. As soon as news management identified the problem, they took immediate steps to ensure that the video would not air in subsequent newscasts. In addition, we have followed up with our employees to make sure that we all have learned from the mistakes that were made."

Of course, the draptos came out on the Grio, and I'll admit...I take great pleasure in watching draptos get owned by fellow white folks because they never seem to see it coming. This dude, for example, came out swinging:
Seriously, John, I am trying to weigh which is worse, black kids turning into gangsters or thugs or white kids turning into serial killers, wife killers, child molesters and rapists or killers of their own schoolmates. How many incidents of mass school shootings have involved black kids? Not a damn one!!. That should worry our white community and we should then worry about stopping that....not acting as though we are some kind of expert on black families and their children...sorta like you are doing. You stick to telling the Knights of Columbus and other such organizations to quit running around worrying about moving catholic priests from town to town so they don't get arrested for being pedophiles or how about we start trying to tell white parents not to load up their kids' bedrooms with automatic weapons and other guns that they then use to kill their classmates. Even better, maybe we can prevent white parents from raising kids like Timothy McVey and Terry Nichols, who went on to kill 168 people in Oklahoma. Black people are starting to look a little bit more civilized than we are with just those few incidents, dontcha think? You get my drift?
But then...inevitably, this happened:
I don't think that the intent was racist. I don't think that people were looking for ways to make a little black boy look bad. The problem is that there are stereotypes that are perpetuated about black men, and have been for centuries. People should be aware of this kind of thing, and while this was most likely not intentional, it certainly was ignorant. This little boy made a statement about wanting to be a police officer, and he was made to look like an aspiring thug. Even the newscasters interpreted it that way. Ignorance is not the same as innocence, and in this case I believe the end result of the mistake overwhelms the intentions.

When I was sixteen, my grandfather sat me down and told me that if I ever dated a black man it would break his heart, because it would make me dark meat and no good white guy would want me. He didn't think he was being racist either. He thought he was imparting an important bit of wisdom, when really he was being completely ignorant. (He didn't live long enough to see me date and marry a black man 6 years later.) The point is, sometimes it is possible to be a racist without meaning to. Vilifying a four-year-old boy on television through creative editing is a good example of that, no matter what their agenda was.
Folks, I'm not going to do a line by line count of the fail in that comment. You already know how to do that for yourselves. All I'm going to say is this: black men, marry all the white women you want.  For real.  Marry them all you want - but for the sake of your kids, who will be black, marry a better quality of white woman than this.

Marry this kind of woman and your kids will have "issues."

And as for the "news" station who got us into this mess to begin with...fire that shithead journalist.  Fire him now, or just burn to the ground.  Either one is fine with me.

Oh, and black parents?  Keep your kids away from the media.  Tell 'em to treat them the way they would cops; teach them to immediately flee at the sight of reporters.  'Cause this bullshit right here?  Not even close to being over.

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  1. I saw this posted on a hair forum and i was vexed. Those mother fuckers, trying to start shit.

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  2. " For real. Marry them all you want - but for the sake of your kids, who will be black, marry a better quality of white woman than this."

    I'm going to marry someone like the white boy who came out swinging and call it a day.

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  3. @ Neo-Prodigy

    If you check that link, you can see how white folks immediately branded him a liar.

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  4. “When I was sixteen, my grandfather sat me down and told me that if I ever dated a black man it would break his heart, because it would make me dark meat and no good white guy would want me. He didn't think he was being racist either.”

    No… he meant to be racist; for such was his heart-to-heart with her. Basically, the conversation was about his trepidation over her miscegenation situation; to keep her racially chaste- and therefore free from molestation. He seems the embodiment of a perfectly lucid and sober xenophobe to me. Being spoiled by black masculinity would render her worthless in white eyes. I wager she could have consorted with horses and still be viewed as pure in the white man’s eye. For such is the pathological idealistic value placed on white skin.

    Ankhesen Mié said…
    And as for the "news" station who got us into this mess to begin with...fire that shithead journalist. Fire him now, or just burn to the ground. Either one is fine with me.

    They won’t fire him for the very same reason this woman failed to view her father’s words as racist. He didn’t mean to. He’s ignorant. It was a mistake; or a lapse in judgment. These sorry excuses tend to be propped up by the standard white apology. "We're sorry you interpreted the piece as being racist." Moreover if his editor was black there would be an outpouring of empathy for the reporter. The very termination would be viewed as racist. So concordantly there’s no room in the fourth estate for someone who’s lost his objectivity (whites could reason).

    People who work in the newsroom are both part and parcel of the white paradigm. Some might work with a black colleague or two, but at the end of the day most employees go home to exclusively white neighborhoods. To brave the abject realm of inner-city life is to come face to face with the unfamiliar. Therefore urban reality has to be framed from a white perspective. If whites are to relate, racially biased constructs must be employed to appropriate the white people good- POC bad narrative. Hence, every story should have a dramatic twist- or socio-political slant. When plausible there should be heroes in your account. If there’s no protagonist then manufacture one. (To better convey the story you understand.) Concurrently, if you’ve more than one POC on the scene then you have your pick of the liter; even in the personage of a 4 year-old child. Lest we forget, most local newsrooms package their content for an all-white demographic. Subsequently, they leave what truth they find on the editing room floor.

    They’ll twist the narrative; falsify whatever detail they deem applicable to sway a white audience. It’s not like he’s a white child or something; (they muse) so why should we care if the story is accurate or not? As a result, white organizations can't be trusted to do the right thing; be it in business, commerce/trade; religion- the law and/or politics. The defamation of Shirley Sherrod (as well as the ACORN Scandal) is a perfect example. Sensitivity classes on race have been unable to assuage in-built biases. Whites must repent from the sin of racism; as no other remedy will suffice.

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  5. I saw this story on Colorlines.com, and immediately, I called the apology bullshit. They can shove their apology up their asses. This is one of the reason why I write about the racism in the news media so much.

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  6. No… he meant to be racist; for such was his heart-to-heart with her. Basically, the conversation was about his trepidation over her miscegenation situation; to keep her racially chaste- and therefore free from molestation. He seems the embodiment of a perfectly lucid and sober xenophobe to me. Being spoiled by black masculinity would render her worthless in white eyes. I wager she could have consorted with horses and still be viewed as pure in the white man’s eye. For such is the pathological idealistic value placed on white skin.

    You know, I've decided to laugh my ass off at this woman, and all the white folks who think like her. Racism has such a very convenient definition to them. Her grandfather can sit her down and have this conversation with her...this man who probably helped lynched someone else's grandfather or burned a cross in their yard...he sits down with her and says some shit like this, and she tries to downplay the pure, unadulterated racism in his little speech.

    *shakes head*

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  7. No Problem Ank. My mouth was wide open when I saw this Plus their BS excuse. How about they run the unedit clip on the news and actually give a damn apology. Also firing everyone of them would be nice as well

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  8. I'm soooo sick of people like that woman on that blog! Everytime I hear people like her talk with those kind of excuses, it just make me want to censor her or put a muzzle in her mouth.

    I have very low tolerance for people who make constant excuses for themselves and who will not take responsibility for their actions. The poster reminds me of these people.If that was a Black reporter doing that to a 4 year old White child, she would be crying foul at him.Do that woman believe that people are incredibly stupid or something to think that her father wasn't racist? I knew how my father was,what he liked,ate, tolerated etc.Unless she was adopted , never been around him, or he died ,she could have kept that excuse to herself.I wouldn't let anybody know that I was that fickle minded in not knowing the character traits of my dad.

    Much as I would like to believe in people and try to be thorough about the issues, I'm not convinced..like I wasn't with the Satoshi Kanazawa issue...that they were sorry with this story. What they seen was a 4 year old vulnerable kid and felt that children are so naive to overlook their plans. Media is never sorry for anything they do, if so, they would have Blacks and other minorities represented in a more positive light.

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  9. Mistake.. I meant "gandfather"

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  10. I don't even know where to begin with this complete fuckery!

    I'll start the the racist-ass editor with skills equivalent to that of Microsoft Paint 1995 and end with the daddy's girl with a fucking single digit IQ who thinks she's "down."

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  11. @ The Girl

    ...and end with the daddy's girl with a fucking single digit IQ who thinks she's "down."

    Like I said to MoC who married this one... "Merry Xmas, boo-boo." *sniff* "Merry Xmas."

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