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A MODERN DAY LYNCHING?

© 2011 Denise Anthea

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In the mid 1990’s I became aware of an interesting occurrence in the media. A black British athlete by the name of Linford Christie was a sprinter in the 100 metres. He went on to win Olympic gold.

The media started to focus on his running kit. His shorts to be precise. They then made constant references to his “lunch box”.  Interesting, he had achieved so much and was a great ambassador for athletics, his country and, of course someone for young people to look up to. But in the media’s eyes, this seemed to be irrelevant. It was all about his “lunch box.”

A couple of years before that, Mike Tyson made headlines worldwide when he was accused of rape and subsequently imprisoned.

Then there were the allegations of child abuse levelled at Michael Jackson. This case sent the media into a frenzy and was long and drawn out. Very long and drawn out.

Kobe Bryant (NBA basketball player) also made headlines for an alleged sexual misdemeanour a few years back. More recently it was Tiger Woods.

All of these cases have a common theme. All of those men reached the higher heights and were then brought down spectacularly.  All tried by genitalia i.e. rape and sexual infidelity. Of course, some make it back.  Kobe Bryant’s star is once more in the ascendant.

After seeing our heroes knocked back again and again it occurs to me that it’s not so much a case of whether they were guilty or not.  It seems to be more about  “making the mud stick”.

How many of us now, when we see or hear of any of the above mentioned (and, there’s more we could add), do we remember the negative publicity or do we think instantly of their amazing achievements? We’re talking about world class in their field. No mean feat. Their names have gone down in history, a place they’ve rightfully earned. But, they’ve all been attacked by the same means.

It seems very little has changed for the black man in the West in the 21St Century. Is it a modern day lynching?

Compared to many decades ago, in the USA, if today your talent is discovered (especially in the fields of sport and music), – ‘cos, you know, entertaining people is what we do’ – the potential to earn is huge.  Earnings combined with sponsorship deals all seem to make the successful black man an easy target, sexually and financially.

It has all become rather contrived. It’s very sad. Make no mistake; if crimes have been committed then of course you should be answerable to those crimes. But when we, as a people see our great hopes being slammed down time and again it affects us negatively and we’re probably not even aware of the effect this drip, drip feeding over many years has on us.

It‘s psychological warfare. If you are told something constantly over a long period of time, you soon believe it. You even accept it as the norm.

Children may no longer feel they have role models they can trust. Brothers may judge them, saying if they had what these stars had, they wouldn’t have messed things up. Our elders may feel saddened and let down and Sisters may feel that indeed black men can’t be trusted to “keep it zipped up.” So instead of our support they are instead judged harshly.

It’s not what we read in the media but how we interpret it.

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7 Responses to “FEATURED ARTICLE”

  1. Melissa Randall Says:

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  3. Sista Bea Says:

    I think so too, it’s definitely about how you interpret the media. I think your article will give some people a good reminding that not everything we read or hear from the media is gospel. I’m looking forward to seeing you express your future thoughts.

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  7. Kiesha Hendry Says:

    Wonderful submit. I found this web site and have to say I loved reading through all the posts especially this article. Our men get a raw deal each and every day and for too long, we, especially some of our sisters join in and point the accusing finger. Because of your flowing words, I am now a follower of Panther Newsletter from this day forward and I also seriously do hope you write another engaging article again soon.

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