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Not only does Affleck take license with the historical accuracy of the story, he also tosses in race, casting himself as the Latino lead character, Tony Mendez. Since artistic license is most often understood as a method used by artists to improve their work—this isn’t just troubling, it’s a manifestation of systemic racism.
Corporate media with the help of the right has done a superb job of creating popular—and fundamentally flawed—frames that play on the emotions, and deeply embedded racism—internal or otherwise—of the average American. Some familiar ones are “tough on crime,” “do the time,” “prisons keep ‘us’ safe,” “the law is just,” and “justice is blind.” The tricky thing about these frames is that they aren’t based on facts.
Even though the Los Angeles riots officially ended on May 4th 1992, the frustrations didn’t. I definitely grew up having a healthy distrust of the police, a feeling further re-affirmed through several experiences of “driving while brown”. My mom is right, los disturbios were a wake up call…a call that didn’t end on May 4th but that’s still relevant 20 years later.
For communities of color, migrant and refugee communities we must view CISPA against the backdrop of a national security system that is already deeply racialized. Until the institutional design of this current security system is addressed, we should only expect the same type of profiling—but now extended to the cybersphere. Sound dangerous? It is!
As people of color we understand that they media creates the landscape that shapes how society views and respond to our communities. Now, more than ever, it’s clear the media has a huge role to play in the legitimization of racial hierarchy.
At a panel I moderated last Sunday at the Left Forum, called “Race in the Post 9/11 Era,” a common theme that emerged was that race, racism and Islamaphobia in the post-9/11 era are not new but rather marked by a rhetoric shift.
Jamilah King, News Editor at Colorlines, drops a new article which takes a compelling and thorough look at the $190 billion dollar telecom industry and why people of color and poor communities need to take up the fight for Internet freedom.
Juan Gonzalez and Joe Torres’ bestseller News for All the People takes the reader on a sweeping yet thorough journey through the history of the American media. They show that race has not been a marginal issue to the American press, but instead has been a main theme. . .
While the European progressive and right wing political community have passionately debated and mutually denounced Breivik’s actions, and media pundits in both countries have debated the impact of this on European immigration policy and positions- the Left in the U.S. has said very little. I can’t understand why.
Speaking and listening to tightrope moms and their issues will not only make for a better national conversation about the future; it’s the politically smart thing to do.
New America Foundation Panel: The Open Internet Goes to Court (featuring National Organizer Steven Renderos as one of the panelists)