And yet the Independent did not mention one word about "Blast by Colt 45" that used Hip Hop artists like Snoop Dog to push a 12% fruit flavored malt liquor t all last summer even though it gained national attention and 17 Atty Generals across the country fought against it.
The Official Tea Party Hip Hop Diss Song
Well written article. But if you think it's hard for a white person to talk about race, try addressing the issue as a black man who doesn't mimic the Right wing rhetoric nor kiss up to the Lefties.
Don't know if you have noticed but since the 90's, there has been a disappearence of black people discussing racial issues. When I turn on the tube when there are hot button racial issues, I see a majority white panel telling America how black people feel about the situation.
Yeah, the Right Wing might turn a racial issue into a commedy but the Liberals turn it into a tragedy in blackface.
@bvanevery Exactly! So that kind of nullifies the whole idea of the Liberal media being more open to free speech than the Right if neither are obligated to provide a platform for free speech then they both are just propaganda machines for their own specific agendas. Which goes back to my initial point; free speech ain't free...
@indy editor. Not sure if allowing a general comment about whether free speech is really free would be a strong indication that the Liberal media allow free speech. Even Rush Limbaugh has to allow some level of disagreement in order to give the illusion of some measure of objectivity. I think my light critique would have even been allowed on a Right Wing comment section if the right wing had been the issue. My point was, everything is subjective based on the opinions of those in control of as you said, private enterprise. One person's critique is another person's attack. But to suggest that the "Liberal Media" are open to free speech but in the same breath talk about the rights of private enterprise, just seems sought of contradictory, Bill O' Reilly No Spin Zone-ish.
Has there ever really been a such thing as free speech in the mass media? Even though the Liberals point the finger at the "wicked Right Wing" media they are just as bad. If it doen't fit within the Liberal agenda it will be censored.
If you don't believe it, write even a letter to the editor at a Liberal newspaper that doesn't center around Martin Luther King speeches and distorted revisionist history about black-white coalitions (that didn't work) and see if you get printed. As Ice T once said "Freedom of speech, just watch what you say."
As an African American, the cover of your 8/12 issue with the Confederate Flag caught my eye, to say the least. However, I thought of the words of Malcolm X when he said:
"In this deceitful American game of power politics, the Negroes the integration are nothing but tools, used by one group of whites called Liberals against another group of whites called Conservatives, either to get into power or to remain in power."
The issue of white liberalism versus the fight for African American equality is a taboo issue for the left wing. Even though, the Independent prides itself on being "progressive," the term is relative and I don't that the paper could honestly and openly deal with the African American paradox of being "politically liberal but socialy conservative."
There have been those who have tried to discuss the relationship between white Liberalism and black empowerment (Kwame Ture' in his speeches and Harold Cruse in his writings "Crisis of the Negro Intellectual.") but for the most part, Liberals will not touch this issue with a 10 foot pole
As Kwame Ture (Stokley Carmichael) once said, liberal whites are fighting for power but black folks are fighting for survival.
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