My Response To…Screw Your Good Ol’ Days

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Have you ever saw something posted on your face-book and try to ignore it? Some how the image keeps popping up, delivering a message that disgusts you and ultimately you have to comment? Yeah, I have been there, most people have.

Demetria L. Lucas is one of them, she vents passionately about a picture that is filled with your typical negative images of Black women. However, there is a twist to the cartoon with a mystery artist. The message seem to say that women from the 70’s seems to be superior in moral values, then the women of today.  With a description of the 70’s women as one who “loves herself, God and knows her history” vs. today’s woman “who loves the world, money and thinks she is right all the time.”

Lucas’ article, makes several valid points, that caught my attention. One was the fact that there will always be  good and bad images of women no matter what generation. Unfortunately in today’s society, media focuses on the bad. However, it is “crap” according to Lucas, she says, “…there are a whole host of us, too, who were raised by those good ol’ days and duly praised women of the Seventies who embody their likeness, literally and figuratively, and still carry ourselves with the best of their values, morals, and common sense.” In other words, where is the cartoon for that?

My Response…

Well Said. People will always feed into stereotypes. They are the same people who give reality shows that represents us (African American Women / Men) in a negative way, the ratings. I can’t tell you how pissed off I was when I heard on the news that Love and Hip Hop was the number 1 reality show. Really? For years, I have blamed the media for these images and I pray for better.
(After re-reading my comment, I have to add one more thing. Media is a big part of the problem, but not the most important part. We have the power to keep these stereotypes out of the media. Support programs / media that only represent the image you want to see of  women and men in your community. Did you ever wonder why the OWN network is failing and VH1 have high ratings for shows like Love and Hip Hop? ) 

 

What’s Your Response?

4 Comments on My Response To…Screw Your Good Ol’ Days

  1. Wow, I guess I am guilty because I can’t seem to turn the channel with the train wreck called Love and Hip Hop… It’s all rediculous but very sad. I can’t stand the way the women allow themselves to be played like idiots. But I think that brings up the lack of parenting in our households. A girl needs a father to teach her how a man is suppose to treat a woman but we don’t have many fathers in the house. A woman can determine the image they choose to portray but most seem to choose the money over a lady like image.

    • Hey D, thanks for your honesty. I have found that a lot of people are addicted to the train wreck shows on TV, it’s DRAMA. Everyone wants a little of it every once while and when it is someone else DRAMA it easier to watch. Like you said it is sad, that the reality is there are women out there like that. What is sadder is that it seems to be the most popular form of entertainment for the general public. What can we do?

  2. Blessed608592 // August 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm // Reply

    It can’t be repeated enough that words (and images) have power.  
    The Advertisement  Industry is a Multi-billion dollar money making machine for a reason . . . . people connect the dots.  We have to learn to advocate for ourselves. Create positive images and platforms for our children before we become a self fore filling prophecy self destruction ingesting the false bill of sales they have spoon fed us. 
    The new genocide is slipping in the back door via video games, music and images that dilute the importance of morality, integrity and accountability; making it acceptable for brother to kill brother, rape grandmothers, and throw away children.  Other cultures understand that their children are precious miracles to be sheltered from the constant bombardment of images that rob them of their innocence and childhood. Where has our Village gone? Was I the only one listening in Sunday School when they read the verse from the Bible that said “In the beginning was the word? ” I sure wasn’t sleeping when Dr. Maya Angelou said “Words are things. You must be careful about the words you use or the words you allow people to use in your home… We must be careful about calling people out of their names – using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives. Those words are things. They get on your wall paper, on your rugs, on your upholstery, and in your things. And then finally into you. Words are powerful things.” with that said I hope it’s clear I agree we should be clear what we let into our homes via the media. As for me and mine we are building and keeping our village. 

    • I like the point that “the advertisement industry is a multi-billion dollar money making machine for a reason…” Words and Images set the tone. We have to choose what tone we want set in our world, by supporting images that show our value.

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