Over the past year CNN Reporters have consistently lacked integrity while reporting on police brutality and people of color and they show no sign of slowing down. Today members of the African American Divine Nine sorority Zeta Phi Beta were filmed sitting in Baltimore’s Town Hall discussing reformation of local laws on police brutality for a segment on CNN, during which time anchor Erin Burnett said on live television: “You’ve got the gang members there and about 500 people—it will be contentious and it will be angry.”
As a member of the media, it is Burnett’s duty to be informed about the culture and people on which she is reporting. Assuming the members of Zeta Phi Beta are gang members because their sorority colors are blue, not only means Burnett has not done her job, she’s also done a disservice to CNN viewers, Zetas, and the Black community overall — not that she likely cares much about the consequences for the latter two.
There’s also the assumptive nature of the reporting and the assessment that the meeting would be “contentious” and “angry.” Yes, tensions in Baltimore are, understandably, high but to assume Black people are incapable of coming together to discuss things without things going in a negative direction leads me to believe CNN’s media agenda for these events is simply to further promote the stereotypes of Blacks as “animalistic” and “violent.”
Clap for CNN for continuing sensationalized reporting and exploiting people of color for its ratings.
Watch the video below of Burnett’s comments.
via Hip Hop Wired