August 31, 2005

One loots, the other Finds...

My official return will be tomorrow, September 1st, but there are some things I can not hold off posting and this is one of them.... With the recent events in the south we are seing coverage of looting and their are cries of bias being heard from Black folk in how the media is covering the looting. We all know New Orleans has a high percentage of Black people and a great many of those Black folk are poor and were unable to leave as those with transportation (cars, trucks etc..)did. In light of that, the majority of those left behind were the poor and the poor tend to capatalize on any oppurtunity that arises that allows them to attain material items. The aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina is no different in this regard. People are looting, some of the things being taken are essentials and some are non-essentials. However the one thing that is consistant is the bias in the media in their coverage of the looters right down to the wording used for two people doing the very same thing. In the following news links you will find evidence of this. In the one with the Black child, his actions is refered to as looting while the one with the white folk is refered to as finding.

The lines are almost identical except in one the word Looting is replaced with Finding.

The Looter

http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/480/ladm10208301530

A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store in New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Flood waters continue to rise in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina did extensive damage when it made landfall on Monday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


The Finder

http://news.yahoo.com/photo/050830/photos_ts_afp/050830071810
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Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans, Louisiana.(AFP/Getty Images/Chris Graythen)

4 Comments:

At 9:35 AM, Blogger NmagiNATE said...

Faheem,

The ironic thing is people see what they want to see; and, more specifically, things they perceive to be in their own interest and ideology.

Recently, I've had such discussions on one such msg. board. A White msg. board with a number of CONservative Whites bemoaning the vaunted Liberal Media Bias. Long and short, when one particular sparring partner of mine there wanted to try to drag me into a discussion about it... Suffice it to say that I was frank and promptly told him his outrage was far and away selective.

And that's just it. They can and will see it when it doesn't paint a picture they want to see. But that's America's strange brew of Race & Politics.

It never ceases to amaze me how When White People Hurt, It's Pain. Only when Black people are angry is anger insane... or militant... or divisive, etc.

Simply put, there's a whole lot of FRAMING going on.

 
At 5:54 AM, Blogger Scott said...

You are 100% right on this.

Pisses me off.

Welcome back.

 
At 5:55 AM, Blogger Scott said...

Even Project 21 members know this is bs
http://mhking.mu.nu/archives/115250.php

 
At 7:30 AM, Blogger LouisChauvin said...

Maybe this was an oversight do to two different photographers or something?

Needless to say you got em with their pants down.

 

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