Saturday, October 17, 2009

Two Cases Of Racism, Only One Makes National News

In another display of obvious media bias, we have two cases of racist acts currently, yet only one merits coverage by the so-called mainstream media.

Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell in Tangipahoa Parish in southeastern Louisiana is rightfully under fire for his refusal to grant a marriage license to an interracial couple.

Bardwell claims his decision is not racist as he does marry Black couples. He states his reason for not marrying interracial couples, “he doesn't marry the couples because he's worried about their children's futures,” and “interracial marriages don’t last very long.”

Granted, interracial children may face a tougher time, but that is mostly in past times as we see several interracial offspring in society today than we used to, including Barack Obama.

That is also something that hopefully, is discussed with parents of younger interracial couples and clergy. It is not the place of a Justice of the Peace to make such a decision.

Calls are out from various Civil Rights groups for his JP license to be revoked and for him to step down.

This case was worthy of national reporting. The next seems not so worthy of the same coverage.

Equally disturbing and just as racist is the case of 22 year-old Nikole Churchill, recently chosen as Homecoming Queen at predominantly Black Hampton University in Virginia. Ms. Churchill is the Universities first ever non-Black Homecoming Queen.

At the announcement of her winning the title several Black students stormed out of the auditorium upset that a White girl won the title. The negativity Nikole has received prompted her to write a letter to Barack Obama, which she has since apologized for writing.

Some students, faculty and professors are speaking out, some saying how great is for this first, other complaining that she’s not black and doesn’t attend the main campus. Others claim their “disgruntlement with Churchill had nothing to do with her race.”

Where have we heard that before? I wonder if any also said, “some of my best friends are white?”

One Black blogger is at least honest in her struggle with the feelings she feels over the decision, which I am sure Whites also feel at times.

The point here though, is why is only one newsworthy enough to make national news? Both have racist undertones and both are being denied as racist.

The White incident has calls for stepping down, investigations and censure while the Black case is largely overlooked and excused.

Our media must expose racism wherever it rears it ugly head and whoever by.

If we are ever to be one people, as Martin Luther King Jr. called for, we have to get past such bias as this. The man gave his life for us to reach equality where our skin color no longer mattered.

Can we ever achieve that Dream he spoke of if we turn a blind eye to one incident of racism, while condemning another?

I don’t see how.

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