On July 23rd and 24th at 9pm CNN will present Black in America. Reporter Soledad O'Brian will first explore The Black Woman & Family and then highlight how it is being a Black man in America.
I think that it is great that CNN is exploring and trying to get insight on what it means to be Black in America. The crazy thing is that I think that over and over we present to the public our opinions on how we are treated and it gets us no where.
When we tune in of course we will sit there and hope that we are portrayed correctly, occasionally raise our hands as if we are saying preach, and/or argue with our friend sitting next to us because we don't agree with something that was said.
When "they" tune in what do you think they will get out of it? I think that some people will act like they never knew racism still existed, others will try to sympathize with us, many will not tune in, and alot will still go on with their normal lives after watching it and not be effected at all.
I hope that this report will have a better effect on those watching it. I congratulate CNN for trying to Keep UP and help their audience do the same. But here is what I encourage CNN to also do in the future: Be the news station that highlights African Americans in a positive way on a regular, show America that Blacks are achieving great things in America, basically provide a balance between crimes and accomplishments.
Hopefully other stations will follow, and the images that we see everyday can slowly change into more positive than negative images.
I still encourage everyone to tune in to see how our story is being told. Keep Up! Here is what it feels like to be Black in America to me:
1. Watching very few of my childhood friends go on to complete college, with some of them barely making it through high school.
2. Scared to say my parents had a little money when I was in college, with fear that others would categorize me as the "Elite", and say that I didn't understand what it meant to struggle.
3. Watching my friends hustle because they wanted to have the latest sneakers and floss with the hottest cars.
4. Watching a friend die over his glasses, because someone else wanted them.
5. Growing up in a city that had a liquor store on every corner, only in the black neighborhoods.
6. I got to see Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. make it to 100 years.
7. I got to see Barack Obama become the first African American presidential nominee for a major party in the United States of America.
8. I got to see my parents who worked hard when they were growing up, become Doctors and open up their own businesses and foundations.
9. I got to see Howard University give Oprah an honorary degree at my graduation.
10. I got to see my people come together at the Million Man March
Being Black in America includes many struggles, but I can't help but recognize our many accomplishments! What does it mean to be Black in America to you?
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