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Mainstream media perpetuating myth of mass violent Black protest

Protester holding sign in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The recent police shootings and non-violent protests of Black and White activists has placed America in a precarious position. The morning of July 7, 2016, rolling out published the article “Racism, murder and Black pain in America will lead to unrest.” Later that day, national headlines reported that five police officers were killed by gunman Micah Xavier Johnson in Dallas, Texas. For some, it was only a matter of time before someone acted out of anger or some other dark and deranged emotion to action on law enforcement. Now a little over a week later, three Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers are dead at the hands of Gavin Long. The killer stated in an online video that is now emerging, “Don’t affiliate me with any organization.” But these words are lost, as mainstream media has affiliated Long with the Nation of Islam as well as BLM.

Since that time, we have seen the mainstream media report on the fear of law enforcement being unfairly targeted by activists involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. Ironic, because it shows the duality of suffering by the oppressed and those deemed to be the oppressor of Black people in America. It is truly sad that the shedding of innocent Black blood is being matched by the shedding of lives of innocent police officers.

But because of the unresolved crisis in the policing of communities of color, it was inevitable. For many, the pain has to be felt by all sides in order for a mutually hurting stalemate to occur. There will be no end to protests against police violence in communities of color until both sides of the issue come into a meaningful dialogue that results in action and adjustment. Surely, no one wants to see more lives lost to balance a dark equation of suffering. However, the rhetoric from right-wing political pundits are the ones calling for increased oppression and hostility towards the Black community. Black people in this country  are being painted with a collective brush that labels the community as terrorists because of the actions of two men in killing police. This is a common as well as unfair occurrence but members of the Black community have come to expect this action. When it comes to horrific acts of violence perpetrated by White attackers, there is no such creative artistry to paint all White people in the same way. Domestic acts of terrorism by members of the White community have been brushed aside especially in these instances.

Black activists are expected to apologize for Black shooters, unlike, for example, White pro-lifers who are never asked to  apologize for White pro-life shooters. White mainstream media will interrupt those who are mourning the loss of innocent Black life at the hands of White police officers are suddenly expected to give a response to the killing of police officers.  When has the opposite ever occurred in the mainstream news? Black pain is ridiculed and depreciated, while “Blue” pain is now highlighted and an emergency is declared on city streets across America. The following summer months are guaranteed to be hot, both physically and emotionally as in the words of Malcolm X, “chickens come home to roost.


  1. Malibu Jones on July 18, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Well said Mo Barnes. The core of the issue is the same. Blame shifting is such a weak response.

    • Sol Rothstein on July 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      It’s not SHIFT BLAMING…

      It’s called SELLING, MARKETING, and PROFITS..

      Damn, why are BLACKS still too STUPID to capitalize off the MEDIA and Current Events…

      Sells are just as IMPORTANT as the TRUTH…

      BLACK MEDIA COMPANIES should be fanning the FLAMES of these Black Patriots and not trying to ask why WHITE MEDIA is fanning the FLAMES of RACISM and the love of THEIR POLICE OFFICERS doing their dirty work !!!

      Control the NARRATIVE BLACK MEDIA !!! Find your angle and PROFITS !!!

      Sells are just as important as the TRUTH !!!

  2. Jason on July 18, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Great article. There are not mass Black protest or violence. What there seems to be and needs to be more of is moving Black money into Black banks businesses. The only warfare that needs to be waged is financial warfare.

    • Peri on July 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

      This warfare that you talk about, I agree but let’s not stop there. What about how we vote, we have been voting for the Democratic Party since the 60’s where has it gotten us. If both party’s don’t respect us, then let’s change the way we vote so they take notice.

      • Jason on July 19, 2016 at 11:36 am

        I agree, but voting without $$$$ is a mute point. Blacks won’t get any attention until we speak with our $$$$. You can vote someone in, but you make them do what you want with your $$$$.

  3. Peri on July 19, 2016 at 10:52 am

    So the media is lying…mmmm. But you 100% believe the media when they say Hilary is the right person for America. I’m with Kevin Gates on this, a lot of you people have nothing to say about the mass killings in Chicago but have plenty to say when it’s a white person killing a black person.

  4. guest on July 19, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Funny how history repeats itself. This is the same playbook they used to destroy the Black Panther Party. Black folks can’t stand up for themselves without being painted as thugs.

    • Jason on July 19, 2016 at 11:37 am

      100% correct, and I hope more people realize this.