There isn’t too much for me to add to this story that Jay Smooth didn’t already nail in his razor sharp video weblog.
Watch it again…
At the screening for ‘Do The Right Thing’ I was happy to see that Spike Lee remembered the media exaggeration and fearmongering that was put into play for the premiere of the movie. Spike also raised the most thought provoking point that he learned from that experience. The mainstream media inundated him with the same question, “Why does the lead character throw the garbage can through the window?” Spike was NEVER asked why the supporting character is killed and carted off by the police.
Americans love their shit. Human life? Not so much. We love our sneakers, our Polo sweaters, our plasma screen televisions and our way of life that puts value in shit over people. I have encountered several so-called progressive citizens who have their arms folded and are tapping their feet waiting for the magic mulatto president to wave his wand. These people still want to be rescued by anyone but themselves. We are not just a nation of cowards, but a collective of lazy cowards as well.
Trafficking in fear is cheap and easy. This is nothing new from the editors at the NYPost. Quiet as it is kept, this is the engine behind the NYTimes as well. I would advise those of you who have invested your emotions in the success of this presidential administration(and this nation, for that matter) to remain focused on the goals of restoring our educational systems and our civilian manufacturing industries. The racists cartoonists will bring their bile to the web as soon as the supremacist media conglomerates are out of print. The racists aren’t moving forward, but the rest of us should be.