Race? Whose Race? My Race? Your Race? Our Race?by Michael Patrick Brewer on Jul. 27, 2010, under Politics, Veteran Pals, Veteran Statistics, Veterans Global, Veterans' Spouses, Partners & Families
I thought I would be able to let this, “race card” storm pass, but you know the beloved main stream media have managed once again to spawn, fuel and incense America into listening to them. Give them an inch and they take a mile of storytelling, some of which is actually newsworthy, most of which is for their stockholders and ratings.
We have a race issue in America alright, it is the Narcissism Race of 24/7 cable news. They play the race card every hour of the day, waiting to trounce on the most triffling of affairs and spin them into national news stories. But this race is more akin to a horse race card then any matter of ethnicity.
True journalists used to work hard to scoop the competition on a breaking news story. Once the competition beat you in the race, the other moved on to another story. Not now. The race is to determine who can sensationalize the changing of the wind once the wind direction is reported, and then milk it all day. Edward R. Murrow would puke over much of cable news.
Enter Shirley Sherod. Yawn. A mistake was made. The parties involved were not harmed. Apologies were granted. Move on for cryin’ out loud. This is not news. America is on the brink of an all out Depression and we are at war against the most difficult enemy in our history of warfare. Lets focus and pull together and insert some leadership into the media.
Why does Veteran Veritas hold this out for discussion? Because if these folks were in the Armed Forces, this topic would last about an hour! If the level of enmity and tirade were to occur in the military over a race issue, like it does in the cranked up ADHD MSM, someone would walk away with an Article 15.
Few civilians know that an active duty soldier cannot even have a bumper sticker message on their car on a Military Base? I like that level of disciplined civility. Free speech is overrated.
One media outlet, even suggested that we stop and think about how many black people have helped us in our lives, like that Georgia farming family. My God, is that milking a story or what? This could be an episode on the new AMC , Mad Men! Who can give the best identity to a non-story? Get the ad men involved, like Glen Beck does with his staff Psycholgists.
Well, I did stop and think of all the Black Americans who have helped me throughout this pilgrimage. The MSM made me do it.
I learned to fish for trout on the Rock River in Illinois by black men. I learned to sing from those same black men. Four of my soul brothers in Vietnam saved my ass on many a patrol. My black Drill Sgt. in Marine Boot Camp taught me how to survive and be brave but not stupid. A sage black man standing by me on a street corner in the midst of the Watts Riots in 1965, when I was a grunt cub reporter for Norm Woodruff of KRLA News, afforded me a thumb nail sketch of how cities spend money and ignore the inner city. No change to this day. My VA Psychologist was an Army Officer, black man. The lady that tracked down vital records for me at the Chicago VA was a black woman named Maude. The most helpful person I could find in my claim process was a black Gunny Sgt at the Marine Corps Records Section in Quantico, Va. He penetrated all red tape and bureaucracy to get my records amended to show additional war wounds.
So what is the point of referencing these experiences? Not once during those encounters, did I stop and think, “geeeze this is a black person.” Racism is an implanted idea. It is not a natural human emotion. Do not let them put this weed in your garden.
Summarily, where was the media during World War ll when 80% of the officer corps believed in segregation? Lets sensationalize that story.