Mixed-raced children do not accurately reflect African American children, and I need the media to stop throwing them in our faces as if they do. Allow me to digress for a second.
Have you ever really looked at the advertisements in the newspapers and commercials? These companies throw all of these curly-haired children with a touch of color in them to make it “seem” like they are actually trying to reach out to the Black community. That’s garbage. If they really want to reach out to the Black community, they need to have all color hues from tan to jet black. I’m not saying not to include the mixed race children. I am saying to more accurately reflect African Americans by including darker tones in advertisements. And, don’t just pick the light-skinned ones either.
I know this is probably not a reality in our forever racist America which has gotten progressively worse with a president of African-American descent (who is of mixed-race, by the way), but geez, at least try.
One last thing, I can’t wait until I finally get my business house in order, so my media projects can be the epitome of diversity. I’m going to do my best to counter mainstream media images and stereotypes. I don’t care if they have more money than me; I can get a lot accomplished at the grassroots level with FREE social media tools.
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