Breaking Bad


It never fails that when the television or movies which have a black drug dealer he usually is dealing in crack and is portrayed as the scum of the earth. Of course I am not here to argue that they are anything different. I watch a new show called “Breaking Bad” which chronicles the life of a chemistry teacher who seems like the most unwitting meth lab drug dealer. Not only is this fellow not the scum of the earth he just so happens to be struggling to make ends meet for a pregnant wife and a physically handicapped son all on a meager teachers salary and did I mention he just found out that he is dying of inoperable lung cancer.

The show has somehow turned this would be scum of the earth drug dealer into a likeable I feel so sorry for you guy with whom we are destined to root for. Now I don’t know many if anyone who rooted for any black crack house cocaine dealers. We never get a chance to see the desperate circumstances under which these men started dealing drugs. I have to laugh at the fact that when you are a crack dealer you have a crack house. Sure you may be cooking your crack in there but it is a low form of drug manufacturing as opposed to methamphetamine which somehow gets the term meth lab as if they are chemists when they start cooking meth in their laboratories.

Meth house Crack lab it is all the same a bunch of dealers cooking drugs to pump out into our neighborhoods black and white. When was the last time on any show has anyone looked at the young black kid standing on the corner wielding a gun and shooting an innocent bystander while aiming for his rival gang banging drug dealing adversary and asked I wonder what his story is and how he got into this lifestyle. Nope we don’t get to know them, understand them, care about them only hate and despise what they do and who they are.

So they show us a benign white meth lab character who could be any neighbor, friend, family member, teacher or fellow church patron in America. This is in total contrast to the up to no good thug who inevitably represents ALL crack dealers. They are gun savvy and not afraid to use it; in fact they are ready and willing to use it at the drop of a dime. My point with this whole thing is the propaganda that is used to sway people into a certain feeling when they hear about these drug dealers. When one hears about the meth dealer you think of a benign white person who is yes breaking the law but not “really” harming people. And you have the crack dealer whose only goal is to destroy lives with drugs and crime. Not to mention cops are saying that meth makes crack look like child’s play.

I am not saying that this show is not worthy of being watched as I watched it and found it entertaining. I am just concerned with all the race based propaganda that surrounds television and movies. People don’t realize the affects that this type of propaganda has on children and adults for that matter. Then wonder why when a black person comes in for employment they are turned down cold. This is a direct reason why children when asked to describe a drug dealer start with “a black male probably from the inner city ghetto.” This type of conditioning needs to end as it is helping to perpetuate the negative stereotypes and thus cause prejudgment of an entire race based on nothing more than false scenarios pumped out by the media.



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5 responses to “Breaking Bad

  1. Sentinel,

    Have you ever watched “Dexter”? It’s a show about a psychopathic serial killer who works for the Miami Police as a forensic blood splatter analyst. He is portrayed as a type of anti-hero, an avenging angel, who satisfies his urge to murder and dismember his victims, by only preying on other serial killers or murderers who escaped justice due to lack of evidence or got acquitted on a technicality. He is “white” of-course and this character is portrayed as such a nice guy… who cares for his sister and girlfriend who has 2 kids…. that you even forget that he is a psychopathic serial killer. Last season he was responsible for the death of a Black police detective who was portrayed as aggressive, uncontrollable and volatile…. although he had a highly developed sense of duty and abiding by the rule of law.

    About a year ago, a couple of my friends had recommended that I watch “The Wire”. I watched one episode but was disturbed by the black on black murders that happened in almost every other scene. There were 2 killers, who were Black and they came across as cold blooded and despicable. I decided I didn’t need to watch more programming that re-inforced this stereotype.

    Nice post!

    I appreciate your comment on my page also.


  2. Asabagna,

    I have not seen the show. I was watching tv when I saw previews for it and thought to myself what the (you know what). I might check it out just to see what this guy is all about. Now I can’t watch the wire for the reasons you stated as well. I don’t need to be inundated with the same old stereotypes of blacks that it seems society loves to see.

    These characters like the breaking bad and this Dexter are just two of many examples of the propaganda that is permeating television and movies. Why do we need to feel connected to such obviously devious and law breaking people. I just find the whole thing full of hypocrisy. But isn’t that life?

    And you are welcome, I should have replied more often. I believe that I have been reading your blog before I started my own as it was a link on brotherpeacemaker who I’ve been reading for a while. I always enjoyed your posts. I had a new baby at the time and couldn’t always find the time to type with my hands occupied but I could at least read both of you guys.


  3. c

    Black, in your reply to Asabagna you asked why we “need to feel connected to such obviously devious and law breaking people”. It ‘s a good question. i don’t think we have that need at all.

    i think those that create these shows, write these characters and watch them (i’d heard so much praise about The Wire from White people) are the ones who need to see Black people as criminal, funny, sage, dancing, hip, coldhearted. Most entertainment is made for them. We get our four or five movies a year, a series or two and that’s about it.

    The other day, i was thinking about how on Black shows, there will usually be that one White friend around but on White shows, you hardly ever, ever see a black friend in the cast although, there may be a few of us as extras. And i think that most White people can go their entire lives never having a black friend/Person of Color in their home (unless one is there is to fix or install something.)

    But in our world, White people are a part of it whether one wants it or not. We will have to interact with them while they don’t necessarily have to interact with us- on TV and in life. They don’t feel the need to make any effort to learn beyond their ideas of certain people.

    Good post, Black.

  4. C,

    Your comment about how whites can go pretty much a lifetime without being involved with blacks yet we can’t go practically one day without them entering our lives in some way. That makes me think of posting about it. Thanks. Also, I agree with you these shows are done for the white populace as they are the majority and the ones making shows. I did a post on how some channels such as Discover etc. ignore blacks and pretty much have an all white lineup.

    Thanks for the reply.

  5. A Critical Black Man

    all though at first the Wire might seem like a sterotypical white cops and robbers show on the surface, once you dig deep in you will realize it has the most sympathetic Black criminals and shows the “why” of dealing drugs. The Wire is constructed like a novel, each episode a chapter, and you can’t just watch one episode and “get” the characters, and feel sympathy for the dealers, who are the most complex characters in television. You have to watch an entire season, than you will understand this is the greatest show about black poverty and how the war on drugs destroys the Black community.

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