Carol A. Hand
I’m grateful to everyone who shared their perspectives on my last post. I’m also grateful to the author on Race Reflections who inspired me to revisit a question – “Whose truths matters to media?”
Obviously, images and the stories that are told are filtered through the eyes and values of reporters. Some raise awareness and others defend unquestioned privilege and perpetuate the status quo. Those differences affected my life profoundly a long time ago. They changed my understanding of responsibility and forced me to change how I lived my life.
I ask you to watch the following video carefully and try to imagine how you would respond. There are three short news clips, each representing a different view. Which one is true? I suspect they all are true through the eyes of the reporters. Which ones encourage inclusion and respect for others? And which ones inflame emotions and feed a sense of white entitlement?
The images and stories media tell matter. In the context of volatile times, messages that perpetuate stereotypes and scapegoat powerless groups of people may incite and condone violence and deflect attention away from the issues that affect us all profoundly. This is what matters for all of us.
(If you’re curious about the outcome of the of the challenge discussed in the video, here’s a link to a very old post: https://carolahand.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/were-honoring-indians-2/.)
I’m deeply grateful that so many people feel comfortable expressing their views honestly here. We don’t need to agree. Honest dialogue is one of the few means we have to learn from each other. Chi miigwetch (Ojibwe thank you very much).
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