TRUTH SQUAD OR TALL TALES?
By Brenda Sutton
NBC, in its infinite wisdom, determined that its viewers would be best served on this "squad" with a skewed representation of the nation's population. The underlying message is that white Americans are the only people capable of presenting and telling the truth. This blatant tactic of persuasion and brainwashing undermines this society by presenting limited information to the public. It also sends a message that the general public is gullible and incapable of making rational, non-discriminatory decisions.
As I watched the debate, I wondered about the third party candidates. Why were these men not present in this discussion? How can the news media present non-judgmental views to the public without proper representation from all of the candidates? Why are our choices limited to Democratic and Republican candidates?
The answers are crystal clear: Create an illusionary truth that pacifies the masses.
For years, the Democratic Party's tactics have remained the same - - ask Jesse Jackson to speak at the convention, then Black folks will follow blindly like sheep. As for the Republican Party, their tactics are at least grounded in astounding realism - - their party is about money and less governmental control. On the other hand, the third party candidates have fresh, interesting perspectives and deserve consideration.
Afrikans must rise above the predictable and select a candidate with an agenda that uplifts our communities. We, as Afrikans, have suffered long enough by ingesting the crumbs from the controlling parties and their version of the "truth". Neither of the controlling party platforms has incorporated the virtues of the Afrikan concept of Maat - - Truth, Justice, Harmony, Balance, Order, Reciprocity, and Propriety.
However, I understand the reason behind their amnesia.
Make no mistake about it: This nation has karma that it owes to the universe!
Television is a powerful tool that, if used properly, promotes the cultural and political perspectives of all people. I look forward to an era when we can rise above the control of the media and demand the creation of a virtuous society.
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