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Black|in America|Part I: A Positive Review

From what I saw on the program, they did go over some  positive aspects of Black America. I wouldn’t say the entire show was aimed towards this, but all the same there were very positive aspects. Can we ignore the bad in search of something good? Were we expecting an entire show dedicated to the positive aspects of black America when half of black America is, indeed struggling?

Since most have already pointed out the negatives of the program, I’ll point out the positives that I saw:

The black family with both parents and 5 children, all of which they successfully sent to college, except one because she/he was not of age yet and the parents have their own family business.

They covered a child who successfully made it out the “hood” and went to Julliard for dance and we all know Eric Dyson’s success story.

I remember them talking about the rapid increase of black business (up 45%, I believe) in the last decade which often the media ignores.

I remember them covering a large family who annually held family reunions, strongly stuck together and helped each other, and knew their family history tenfold.

They talked about the large number of black sisters who hold a degree. They talked about the many intelligent, financially well off sisters who are doing  very well for themselves.

They covered the 2 year experimental program in NY for less fortunate children which actually pays children to go to school and is designed to help motivate young black children in learning and give them a more promising future that would probably otherwise be bleak. So far , it has proven to be a successful motivation tool for learning.

I’d give the program a chance to play itself out before I denounce it. I’ll be tuning in tonight @ 8pm central time for the Black Men segment.

Besides this, I was watching it with some family members (cousins, aunts)—some of whom fall into the category of single parent mothers and they were very pleased to have an open dialogue about these issues and it opened their minds to many other things mentioned on the program. I think overall, it was more helpful than harmful.

1 Comment»

  Tee wrote @

Indigoblu, I find that your positive assesment of Ms. Obrien’s documentary on black America is paradigm, and I thank you for your foresight. My intuition is that your comments are pre-emptive to the likely angered, self-condemned, or outrightly embarrased black persons who view such candidness as an affront to their afflictions. It appears to me that you seem to recognize the importance of spotlighting and reinforcing the positive happenings in our communities as a part of a broader strategy to address the serious issues that impede our progress.

I think this is important, and does not necessarily take away from the need to bring to accountability to those things that we are not doing like we should. From what I have gleaned in conversations ensuing from the documentary, some among us who find themselves exclusively on the defensive have missed an important aspect of the entire dialogue. It is manifest that the spirit of Obrien’s work is a redemptive one. We have missed the spirit of it if when we choose to see it as another mean spirited fingure-pointing or head-thumping assemblange we have all come to resent. Something in me believes that this is different. It is something of a healing and reformation process being intiated.

It is important that we embrace this dialogue and other similar ones if we have any hopes of redeeming ourselves. The essence of any true dialogue demands that both sides be willing to change in response to new truths that become apparent. Resilience is at the very core of who we are, and if we purpose to engage ourselves with this important dialogue, change is imminent. The positive highlights that you pointed out from the documentary are only an example of what is possible, and should inspire us out of complacency.

Hi five Indigoblu!

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