Media ignores African American-led protest of Obama and war

    Stanley W. Rogouski/nyc.indymedia.org

    In case you aren’t convinced that the Tea Party Movement gets disproportionately more media coverage than protests waged by those on the Left, I submit the following as evidence:

    Hundreds of African Americans marched on the White House Saturday to protest the policies of President Obama in what the AFP called, “the first public demonstration by African Americans against the Obama administration since his historic inauguration in January.”

    It seems the French news agency was the first to cover it. But, as best I can tell, no mainstream American newspaper or news show has followed their lead. Most telling, perhaps, is that Iran’s PressTV and Tehran Times seem to be two of the more prominent news links.

    Why is this protest being ignored by American media? I would wager it has something to do with their message. Protest organizer Omali Yeshitela, a civil rights leader with the Black Is Back coalition, summed it up best by saying, “We recognize that Barack Hussein Obama is white power in black face.”

    According to the AFP, the protesters also “slammed the president for continuing what they described as Washington’s ‘imperialist’ agenda around the world” and demanded that he “bring US troops home.”

    So, I guess the lesson here is: if you ever want to do something that’s highly visible and involves large numbers of people without drawing media attention to yourself, make sure to mention these issues.



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