I live in DC, a city with a majority of African American population and where preventable problems like youth crime, HIV infection, broken families, unemployment, illegal drugs abuse, and lack of affordable housing, are among the biggest problems for poor people, especially Black and Brown peoples. These are symptoms of a bid disease: broken families and failed societies.These demeaning images set a destructive example for youngsters -mostly Blacks- especially in terms of issues like education, crime control, responsible parenting, strong families, children safety and health, child pregnancy, sexist behaviors. They prevent people from wanting a better life, for men to take care of their families and neighborhoods, for neighbors to look out for each other, for women to respect themselves, for young people to respect life period.
When kids grow up seeing themselves as losers, delinquents, womanizers, sluts, druggies, haters, and lazy, dumb, immature and conformists peoples, they will tend to become one of them. Not all, but some will. As non-White kids see themselves portrayed in such negative roles in society, they are somehow being brainwashed to be that way.
This affects not only Black Americans, but also Africans in all the world -especially in Africa, Europe, Caribbean, and all the Americas- who see the trashy BET alike "culture" as the African American culture they imitate in order to reassure their "blackness" while living in racists, oppressive societies.
JasiriX. Photo by Paradise Gray
BET only cares about the money they make by promoting bad images of our peoples, and we shouldn't allow this anymore. This video made by JasiriX is right on point, I hope BET CEO Debra Lee gets to see it: