Since the days of Jim Crow, the forces that seek to strengthen the racist ties that bind have worked relentlessly to create a mythology of an African American male as a brutish creature who menaces innocent white folks – in other words, a scary black man.
DW Griffith’s pro-Confederacy movie, “Birth of a Nation,” portrayed the black man as a primitive schemer intent on robbing white women of their virginity. During the following decades, the image of the black man was that of a threatening thug.
The very existence of the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers struck fear into the hearts of a white America which ignored the growing threats of a violent white militia and anti-abortion movement. Flash forward to the 21st century. The Jim Crow mentality is alive and well (at least on Fox Nation) and Fox News is still playing that fear of the scary black man card – and now that there is a scary black man in the White House, who is (gasp) hosting another scary black man (a scary black rapper), the ante had been upped! Ain’t it America for you and me…
The Fox News coverage of the New Black Panther so called “voter intimidation” played to these fears and caused Fox contributor Kirsten Powers to accuse Megyn Kelly of fomenting the fear of the “scary black man.” But what really embodies the modern “scary black man” is the rap artist. This music was born from the deprivations and depredations of the brutal world of the black inner city – a place where it wasn’t “morning again in America.” As such, it presents a view of life which is alien and, as such, threatening to Fox audience types who also view our first African American president as alien and threatening. So when it was announced that a black rapper was going to perform at the White House, Fox News pulled out all the propaganda stops in a full blown hate-a-palooza. Not only was this an opportunity to bash the president and further the meme of “us vs. them” (or literally, black vs. white); but it was an opportunity to remind Fox “America” about those “scary black men.”
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