I watched the “conversation about race” on MSNBC and waited for that singular moment that inevitably arises where you see it all devolve into a squandered opportunity. I saw many candidates, but one particular moment took the cake.
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Kevin Powell and Professor Carr of Howard, BOTH of whom I would consider young men who harbor an intense desire for the uplifting of Black people. A conversation ensued where each individual took their issues to a personal place and inevitably fell into a bunch of wolf tickets snuffed out by the unyielding march of the profit driven media.
Ultimately, if anything has been learned as we settle into the 21st Century, the media is what it is and it does what it does.
What it is, is a tool of the market. An enterprise. Despite the railings of ANYONE who says differently, it has only one master and one goal.
Anyone who is skilled in making money will tell you that you profit by creating an environment that maximizes growth by efficiency.
Meeting David Wilson, the documentary that spawned and preceded said Conversation is a perfect example of capturing a moment for the sake of profit.
Part of what prompted Brian Williams to cut to the break was his desire to bracket the evening with a moment of poignancy….*ahem* when the grandsons of former slaves and the grandsons former slave-owners sit down at the table of brotherhood.
That is what THEY want to see. a pretty picture.
That ugly messy conversation that US wants to see? You do that on your own time. Ford has Cars to sell and Proctor and Gamble wants to sell its soap and whatnot.