Friday, February 29, 2008

Don't Believe the Hype 2008!!!

Public Enemy had a song back in the day about the treacherous nature of the media called "Don't Believe the Hype."

They must have been rappin' about the Durham Herald Sun.

A few weeks ago, I posted a piece here called "Prelude to a Race War" where I exposed the Herald Sun's promotion of "Black on Brown" violence by running two stories that blamed Black males for targeting Latinos with robbery and some murders because of "racism." In which, not one member of Durham's Black community was interviewed to refute the claim.

Well, guess what.

In an article, today it says that the two men arrested for one of the murders were Hispanic...

Now, if you look closely at the article this contradiction is not mentioned (and only briefly) until more than half way through the article. However, when the perpetrators were thought to be Black, it was headline, front page news...

Also, there is another article in the same paper that talks about the community forum that Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez held last evening.

At the meeting, I congratulated Chief Lopez because of his not caving in to media hype and promoting the idea that blacks were targeting Latinos because of race. Although he gave a well though out and rather lengthy response, this exchange does not appear in the article.

I guess the elders were right "believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see....

Especially if it is in the Herald Sun.

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