Too WHITE to report a black youth's torture?
A black man called the radio show yesterday and accused Prez Themo Ugsfti, our host, of being WHITE and therefore unqualified to interview Elizabeth Crudup and Mary Neal about Shannon Nyamodi's indefinite detention and solitary confinement torture. Prez lost his temper and said things he shouldn't have said. He apologized for his language later.
I was insulted at the caller's comments. FEW BLACK MEDIA COMPANIES PUBLISH OUR STORIES, in case you did not notice. Shannon Nyamodi, 20, is being tortured to enforce a plea bargain in Franklin County, North Carolina, and the president of the NAACP in the area reportedly said to his mother, "I ain't getting between a black boy and jail. I gotta live here!"
My mentally, physically disabled brother, Larry Neal, was murdered under secret arrest, and black-owned media companies ignore the story. Neither "The Tri-State Defender" in Memphis, where Larry was murdered, nor "The Atlanta Voice," where I am terrorized for revealing his murder, ever published a peep about Larry's secret arrest and murder or about The Cochran Firm frauds against black families after police violence. So do not ever say that white journalists should not talk to black women who are experiencing injustices. Black media companies apparently wait for a go-ahead from on high before publishing our news. They apparently say "Yassa, boss" to keep their advertisers and kickbacks.
What is happening to Shannon Nyamodi now (indefinite detention to force a plea deal) also happens to other people from the working class, whether black or white. Terrell Scott, a black youth in Pennsylvania, was imprisoned without trial for 4.5 years and was said to be mentally incompetent for trial, but he was deemed competent to sign a plea deal after years of torture. Robert ("Cotton") Kirkland was allegedly assaulted by arresting police officers in Boulder, Colorado. The disabled veteran who happens to be a Caucasian suffered a broken leg and a bad sprain when officers allegedly tried to break his other leg. His collar bone was damaged as well and may require surgery. Cotton said he still experiences excruciating pain and was in and out of consciousness and in shock much of the time while he was incarcerated and denied hospital treatment for his broken body. Cotton said that when he finally agreed to sign a plea deal he released from jail and delivered to the hospital where his legs were treated and put in casts. Injustice negatively impacts all people everywhere, and all people must unite against it.
The Internet is the ONLY mass media that poor and working class people have, and we must acknowledge that. Laws to control the Internet are intended to censor BLACK PEOPLE with particularity. Google receives continuous requests to remove certain videos depicting police violence, and Google refuses. If officials had their way, they would not have to ask. If black people owned Google, the police violence videos might not be uploaded in the first place unless it happened to a personal friend of the president like Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The rest of us are on our own.
I am no respecter of persons. I publish articles and broadcast radio reports about people suffering injustices without regard to race, creed, color, gender, national origin or health status, and I am glad Prez does, also. Listen to the show, and give your thoughts about sharing stories that black media companies and mainstream news censor. (The radio show is for adults only, please.)
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