3 for 3 on CNN coverage
I've been a little out of touch for the last few days, but I've turned on CNN 3 times and 3 times the stories have dealt with African-Americans.
One story was about a father's anger at the police's response to a fatal car crash involving his son. CNN quotes the father, Arthur Smith as saying "police did not respond adequately to pleas for help from two teens who survived the crash."
Tapes of 911 calls support claims the teens — both of whom police say had been drinking — repeatedly asked for help finding their two other friends.
"They was right there. I found them, and if I was out there at night, I could have found them with a cigarette lighter. They did not look, they did not look America. They did not attempt to look for them boys."
The second story had Bill O'Reilly detailing his experience at Sylvia's a black owned restaurant in Harlem. CNN quoted O'Reilly as saying that he took civil rights leader Al Sharpton to the Lenox Avenue fixture and "couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's Restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City."
He went on to say "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M.F.-er, I want more iced tea." Man I wish I had time to go off on this one. But it's the same mindset and attitudes that caused black students in Jena Louisiana to ask if they could sit under a tree reserved for white students. It's not always the overt racism that we should worry about, it's the subtleties and undertones that we should pay more attention to.
The third story was of Mychal Bell's expected release today. We've heard that one before.