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Jon & Kate Irate

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I don’t think that I have talked about the Jon & Kate + 8 fiasco but I am sure my two cents couldn’t hurt or help this train wreck in process.  These two are purportedly making seventy five grand an episode and they are squabbling over continuing this epic voyeurism gone bad.  I find this whole thing to be a total joke.  Not only are they hurting their children but they don’t even seem to care.

But, shouldn’t we now be talking about the fact that this is another guy who ISN’T black leaving his children fatherless.  And yes he left them moved to another state and shacked up with some young chippie.  Dude makes eight babies and then just leaves the baby momma all high and dry.  Yet, ask Obama and he would place Jon squarely in the black community.

Yes, by all counts there are far more single mothers of the Caucasian persuasion than in any other race.  But, it just feels better to point the finger of values at black folks.  This whole family reeks of the same stereotypes that they love to place on the black races door step.  We see an over bearing loud mouthed argumentative woman (white), a cheating loser with eight kids whom he has abandoned.  Both of them fighting and arguing over money.  We see a couple of people who have put their love of money before the welfare of their family.

Yet to let Bill Cosby tell it, this lady is Shaniqua.  Oh, just with more money.  They can’t provide for their kids either, at least not without TLC.  That is the reason they are doing a television show.  Made eight babies and can’t take care of them.   And now that Jon the dad has gotten used to his jet setting money spending ways he is beside himself with anger that they wish to cut him off.  And now he is trying to throw his wife under the bus even though the money she gets is supporting his children.

I guess he feels entitled to this handout from TLC even though he is no longer in the picture.  Or maybe he feels that if he can’t have a cut of the cash his kids shouldn’t either.  I mean we all know that the bum doesn’t work anymore.  And how much is he paying in child support again?  The man has sued saying that TLC is no longer welcome in his home even though he has made his home in an upscale New York bachelor pad and a new woman to go with it.

He claims that the TLC show is no longer good for his children.  Uh, WTF?   Was his leaving his kids to shack up with some other woman good for his kids?  Was sleeping with the babysitter good for his kids?  Was saying horrible things about his kids mother on national television good for his kids?  Not to mention just a few weeks ago he said that he felt the show was good for his kids.  What happened since then?  Oh yeah, they said he was no longer going to be on the show.  How ridiculous.

I don’t know why I even care since I don’t watch the show and thought it was ridiculous to begin with.  I personally feel that this is the epitome of what is wrong with reality television.  It serves no purpose for me to want to know or care about what they do in their daily lives.  I have enough reality in my own life to care.  There are probably millions of people with eight or more kids.  My mom’s family had nine kids, my dads family just as many and my significant others family had ten kids.  So what?

Anyhow, I thought I would just weigh in on this crap because in all sincerity I was sick to death of hearing the updates on which freaking parent was crying, whining and singing the blues to this or that reporter about the horrible mess that is their ex-spouse.  Do they think that maybe just maybe one day their children will grow up and see these public displays of hate?  I am sure they will, just as surely Madonna’s children will grow up and see their mommy’s naked body in a book.

What will these kids say?  Or will they already be so screwed up it won’t matter?  We see all too well what happens when families are dysfunctional.  But hey, we allow people such as these to make their mistakes and do their dirt without maligning their entire race.  Maybe we should take the same approach with others and their stupidity as well.  But we know better.  All we can look forward to is this voyeuristic view into the lives of Jon & Kate plus hate.

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White Entertainment Channels

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Some of my favorite shows come on channels like the different Discovery Channels, TLC, Food Network, HGTV and Animal Planet. I just love those Meerkats. Anyway, I was looking at a show that I do watch often called Little People Big World and thought about the fact that this show and pretty much every other on these channels was about whites, featured whites or had white hosts. Now I am sure that they have little people who just happen to be of color, yet by watching this show you would never know it. They not only don’t have any on the show, they don’t chronicle any the way they do others on the show. Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out how a little person of color has to deal with life having two things to be discriminated for, being small and of color?

I know that people wonder why this even makes a difference to me; it does because with all the people out here on these Blogs saying that blacks should stop whining and work hard and they will benefit from society just the same as whites. Now am I to believe that there is NO hard working or interesting blacks out here that might deserve or be interesting enough for a show. So I guess hard work doesn’t help in this case. Since how hard does one have to work in order to fall into a job where you are just telling people about someone else’s dirty jobs, not much I am sure. It seems all one would need is a great personality and an ability to communicate well. And I would hope that people aren’t saying that no other race besides the white one can produce people with these characteristics as that would be extremely condescending.

Are these channels racist or are they just clueless to their black viewers? Yet, when I visit their websites they prominently show advertisements with black faces smiling brightly. So it is clear that they understand they have black viewers so I am forced to acknowledge that they are discriminating. They won’t give us a television show, yet they WILL sell to us indiscriminately. White mindset people won’t understand why this is a big deal and undoubtedly say that there aren’t any shows featuring blacks because the blacks didn’t do anything that would get them a show or we or other minorities just aren’t interesting enough. Interestingly enough I heard this exact argument when another Blogger asked why only white women are shown on network news when missing and a white commenter said that it was because the white women’s stories are so much more interesting than any minority would have. But, in fact half the shows on there could be hosted by anyone, black, white, Asian etc. I watch the show Little People Big World, now were there NO equivalent black family, how about Hispanic little people or Asian little people?

Are there no black or other minority people that own tattoo parlors that they could chronicle? Why don’t they have black people or more minority cook’s who are able to lead a cooking show on the Food network? Unfortunately what is being portrayed to blacks of all ages who watch these channels is that they are not worthy of doing any of these positive shows yet we will undoubtedly be over represented on some trash like Hot ghetto mess or America’s most wanted or some other show that might as well be called Black on Black crime at its finest. And yet here we are, and I am as guilty as the next person, watching these channels, keeping them going by giving them higher ratings with my viewing.

Asking are these channels racist, of course, they are just propagating more white privilege by pushing the white mindset on those in the minority communities. Even if they did put a black person or other minority on these channels it wouldn’t matter since this person would be just another white person with whatever ethnic skin tone they are being portrayed as. What I mean by this is that the black person they pick will be so assimilated that they will seem like a white person in black skin. I understand that this is the only type of blacks who make it on television set aside for the mammies and buffoons that make it in big Hollywood.

Yet as we can all see that these channels are overwhelmingly blatantly white you will still have people telling me and others that racism is dead or that it is pointing out racism that won’t let racism go away. Now I don’t know about them but I don’t think that by me pointing out the lack of minorities on these channels it makes them hire even MORE whites while ignoring the blacks and other minorities until it’s time for advertising. Yet will any of my complaining change anything for these channels? Since these are the same people who are operating on this theory of a color blind society as long as we don’t complain that the only color being represented is white. So until we are all respectful enough to realize that whatever race I identify with is not the ONLY race that matters then maybe we will be able to have all people represented when we sit down with our families and turn on the television.

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Black Character Assassination

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Constantly I feel that we are being bombarded with images that are designed to connect Blacks with the ills of society. Each and every night on local and national news you see the same types of images being flashed across the screen. Black faces shown for topics such as welfare reform, crime statistics, unemployment, ill education and you name it a stock photo of a Black is associated with it. So basically what you have is Pavlov’s experiment using people. If you have not taken psychology 101 then Pavlov’s experiment was to ring a bell each time a dog was given food and soon enough the dog would start to salivate just from hearing the bell. The dog learned to associate eating with the bell. Just like Pavlov’s dog, people begin to associate Black people with crime, welfare, laziness and stupidity. So now just by hearing the term welfare recipients…I am sure your mind pictured a bunch of young, single Black females.

The problem is that young, single Black females do not make up the majority of welfare recipients. The majority just so happens to be White females. But, that is never what they show when the news has a story to cover. One such story I watched on the news was about a kid who brought a gun to school. The picture they showed was that of a Black student in the shadows walking in a school. When in actuality the student who brought the gun to school was Caucasian, so why should a stock photo of a Black student be representative of this crime. For one thing the school in question is 100% White. So where did this fictitious Black student come from that they needed to present him as the one bringing a gun to school. Why was it even necessary to show a picture if the picture could not accurately convey the message that needed to be sent, or maybe that is because the message was exactly as it should have been, “see, Blacks are bad.”

If any of you caught the last 60 minutes broadcast about the Geek Squad called “Get Me The Geeks” then you undoubtedly saw this very thing in action. As they spoke about the tech help industry they focused on bad customer service in which all attention was on what looked like a predominantly minority call center with a ton of Blacks and a then few Indians when they mentioned Delhi. And for each thing said that was bad they showed a Black representative. Reps have no idea what they are talking about the narrator said as a video of a Black lady talking on the phone flashes on screen. Then some reps were too exhausted to do a good job as they show another Black lady who was lifting her head off of her desk. Then it was on to how the software makers blame the hardware, yet another Black rep and how hardware blames the software, yet again another Black rep. We move on to the Geeks who were profiled we see a butt load of Whites and I counted three Blacks littered into the background.

Now what is this showing us, that Blacks are incompetent, lazy, with poor work ethic etc. Now they did show the three or so Blacks in the background of the Geek Squad showing that we are still incompetent that only a few of us actually got in and a lot of people might assume that for all we know that was due to affirmative action. I don’t want to even go into my story of the Geek Squad, just that I think I am better off on my own. But this is seen all too often just watch Discovery channel or any of their other stations such as Discovery Health etc, Food Network, HGTV or TLC and tell me how many Black show hosts you see. You could count them practically on one hand. I watch all of these channels regularly and I am wondering why I bother since they obviously don’t have me or people like me in mind when they think of their target viewers.

You can chalk it up to whatever you like as the reason this type of character assassination of Black people takes place or you might not even see it as that at all, that is your prerogative. I just know that I will continue to point this out in hopes of curtailing the negative propaganda that is infecting us all. How can we let go of racism when there are forces out there reinforcing all the negativity and disparities that we have been fighting since our forced arrival.

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