I’m not one of those “these women are shaming the race” people. Cause there are shows that feed on drama and scandal for every race. But when for WOC, there is ONLY these type of shows. So I understand the frustration. But people like watching drama. That why soap operas were in business for DECADES.
But I guess the subject matter of Love & Hip Hop this season hits too close to home for me. It makes me to upset when I watch it. To think that the apex of diversity on TV is concentrated in shows like this and NOTHING ELSE just goes to show that the perceived flaws “endemic” to our community is put on blast while the rest of ‘normal TV’ is extra sanitized?
This trend is nonsense.
I don’t begrudge anyone getting their due attention and diligence when they go missing. The coverage they receive more often than not helps in their eventual recovery, or at least leads to finding the parties responsible, and by no means is that a bad thing. More troubling is the lack of that kind of attention leveled on the missing African Americans. After all, we make up a a third of all missing persons cases in the United States, while being only 12 percent of the population.
The stories Find Our Missing features don’t make for less compelling television — can you imagine the uproar America would be in if the media caught wind of a kidnapped, disabled, white five year old? — and they don’t lack substance or quality. Why isn’t Ann Curry talking about Hassani or Pamela? Are we still seen as such an Other in this country that the heartstrings that tug at Elizabeth Smart’s name won’t also tug for Hassani Campbell? Or is it that kidnapping and mysterious disappearances simply aren’t seen as crimes that happens to Black people? Gang, drug, sexual, and domestic violence are ‘our’ crimes, and the media struggles to break away from that mold when giving coverage to stories of the missing.
It’s almost as if they’re confused when a comfortable, middle class black woman goes missing with no hints of the average ‘Black crime’ elements involved. (The common perception that there are ‘no black serial killers’ certainly helps explain the difference in the amount of national coverage Anthony Sowell received in comparison to other recent serial killers like Dennis Rader in yet another case involving several missing Black women in the Cleveland area.)
When it comes to shows profiling crimes and criminals, you’re more likely to see a person of color starring on Lock Up than you are on Dateline, and that’s one of the reasons I’ll be watching Find Our Missing every week. If given a platform and the exposure it deserves, I firmly believe that the program can help solve some of the cases it features.
Even if the cases aren’t solved, at least they’ll get people thinking and remembering that there aren’t just the white women disappearing in Aruba to worry about.
A paper i wrote last year about the condition of the women in society. I didn’t get a chance to post much today so i figured it’d be interesting for y’all to read some of the things i’ve written about. It’s nothing groundbreaking, just food for thought. Though, i do analyze the show Weeds through a feminist lens in this, in case anyone watches haha. Click “read more” to read the rest of the paper if you’re interested :]
We have moved into a “post-feminist” age where feminism has been ruled obsolete, while the patriarchy silently continues to control dominant ideology. Past efforts to establish sexual equality are now being undermined in forms of popular culture and mass media. In her book The Second Sex, Simone De Beauvoir’s assessment of the state of women can be directly applied to the contemporary female. In this text, she finds “[men] are willing on the whole to accept woman as a fellow being, and equal; but they still require her to remain the inessential. For her the two identities are incompatible; she hesitates between one and the other without being exactly adapted to either.”
In order to see ways in which contemporary women are caught in this double bind, one must look towards the media. Images in the media are not only meant to be reflections of social norms, but they also do their part to help craft, and then perpetuate this norm. Therefore, images of female oppression become normalized through the media, as women and men internalize what they see.