BLACK IN WHITE IN THE MEDIA FOR 2012 By Andre Austin My future hopes for the new year. Freedom of speech is for the rich because the poor will loose their jobs if they say or write something that somebody doesn’t like especialy if dealing with race and religion. Hopefully in the future media can give non bias reporting of Americans. We have to find a way to unite or perish. We live in a land that is mixed in reality of being subjects and citizens at the same time based on race and class. We don’t live in a democracy because the people don’t tell Senators what to do only money gets representation. The media fuels the divide by bias news reporting. For example: Bizarre criminal acts by blacks and white reported differently. White bizarre acts are explain by long elaborate medical history and definitions. The criminal is humanized. Black bizarre acts is left bare with no explanation. The black criminal is animalized. Many black criminal acts are done by a craving for drugs and or not taking psychiatric drugs. When these black criminal go up for parole those same newspaper clippings are reread and out of context. This same bias reporting goes on with missing children and women where race is the determining factor to get national exposure. Jackson County has many High schools but the perception in the media is only one of them is bad Jackson High School. The Jackson Citizen Patriot (Cit Pat) has politicize education is dealing at the bottom of the deck when dealing with a school that has many minority students. You hold JHS up to a public spectacle for any and all minor infractions. Any unseeingly acts at the rural and suburban schools is a one day story. At JPS all infractions may be beat like a dead dog in the press while you treat the Catholic schools like they are royalty. For example: many times when JHS loose a game its front page but its hard to find it when they win. I know sometimes the media attempts to balance its news coverage. However, you must know the majority of the time people remember negative stories over the positive ones. And people are starting to think that you only write positive stories so that you can go crazy with all the negative ones. Get politics out of the schools. You don’t have to destroy the public schools so that so private company can come in and take over and seize up all that money just like they tried to do with SS and the post office. People need to run the government not corporations. I see the trick of targeting inner city schools failures with the aim of taking over all public schools. But you know their would be public outrage if you belittle the rural and suburban schools so you pick on poor and minority kids. I look to the future of 2012 to bring more balance in the press.