Published By: 1World Online
Nothing can excite an otherwise boring news day like a racial comment – just ask the mainstream, news media outlets. When someone noteworthy flips off a racial epitaph they run with it like a runaway train harboring explosive, nuclear material. Regular news programming gets cancelled and a full-court, panel gets set up that convenes for 24-hours on live, cable TV. Every wanna-be, social commentator gets their 15-minutes of fame, and the viewers are treated once again to another daily dose of racial bigotry 101.
Do the news organizations think that by featuring racist comments by politicians, celebrities, and sports team owners that they are doing racial injustice a service? The way they report it seems to only inflame an already volatile, and pre-existing condition. They soak it all up like a dry sponge and put it on high-profile, display. They treat it like it is a new social development worthy of world-wide, press coverage, and something no human in the entire world has ever heard of before.
Racial bigotry is nothing new. It has been around for centuries and it will be around until the end of time. Although our society has made enormous strides in reigning in racial bigotry, and its malignant evil, it remains on varying levels, and probably will until everyone magically turns their skin into the same color.
The news organizations need to stop glorifying racial tensions. Selfish, news ratings only serve to promote racial discourse. Throwing fuel on the fire by featuring a bigot’s comments only diminishes some of the racial injustices that have already been overcome.
News programs like CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and others should stop politicizing racial bigotry, and do more to project positive attitudes that will serve to benefit society as a whole.
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.