The Black Community
Victims, Not Villians
In their article, "The Treatment of Persons of Color In Local Television News" (1998), D. Romer and K. H. Jamieson found that “African Americans were predominately shown as perpetuators of crimes. These portrayals also showed African Americans as powerful and fearsome criminals. Further evidence demonstrates that news media promotes the negative stereotypes of African Americans as violent criminals.” This mound of media violence is amplified by segments of mainstream movies that persistently show the Americanized African community as an incubator of despair that accepts crime as normal social behavior! Contrarily, the same "news media portray Caucasian Americans as powerful and positive figures, [their communities as wholesome, supportive, and loving family environments], and report on positive and effective programs that whites create to help underprivileged citizens…" said Martin Gilens, author, The Black Poor and The "Liberal Press," (2000).
Media violence through the use of thirty-second news sound bites and commercial movies has done a masterful job of unduly marring the image of Americanized Africans into that of criminals. Their public image has been tarnished so severely that they are now viewed by society as villains when they are, in fact, victims of “Toys of Destruction.” “Toys of Destruction” are the guns and illegal drugs that generate billions of dollars in revenue for white industrialist while at the same time causing devastation and mayhem in Americanized African communities.
According to a report (Gun Manufacturing, July 5, 2005) published on the Internet, "The US firearms industry includes about 200 companies with a combined annual revenue of $2 billion." Not one of those 200 gun companies is owned by or located in an Americanized African community. Yet all throughout America, guns that are legally produced and sold in other communities are illegally finding their way into the hands of Americanized African children and being used as instruments of fatal aggressive behavior. According to the Youth Violence in America report, 2001, “the homicide rate for African American youth between the ages 12 – 17 rose 97% between 1980 and 1994.” A 1997 FBI Crime Report also indicated “handguns were used in 74.6 percent of all homicides committed by offenders 17 and under.” More extensive evidence showed a strong correlation between these acts of violence and drug related offenses.
According to a report commissioned by the Office of National Drug Control Policy "from 1988 to 1995 Americans spent $57 billion on illegal drugs." In 2003 the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report "estimated that there were 1,678,192 state and local arrests for drug abuse violations in the United States." The report also indicated "from 1999 to 2002 there were 6,900 pounds of heroin, 225,122 pounds of cocaine, and 2,412,365 pounds of marijuana seized by the FBI, DEA, U.S. Customs, U.S. Border Patrol, and the U.S. Coast Guard."
The underlining factor behind these statistics suggests the sale of illegal drugs and gun violence represent a crisis that threatens the security of all American communities. In other words, illegal drugs and gun violence represent a national predicament that transcends race and any news flashes should reflect such. It also suggests that Americanized Africans do not have a monopoly on committing crime in America! They are victims, not villains. There are no jobs from gun factories, gun stores, or gun shows being offered in their community and they don’t control the intricate network of “humanware,” illegal drug fields and production plants, nor the planes and boats needed to move vast amounts of drugs across foreign borders. Even so, far too many Americanized Africans are victimized through “image assassination,” drug abuse, and gun violence as a result of the plethora of “Toys of Destruction” that seemingly flow unabated into their community.
All is not doomed, however, and the damage is not irreparable! Americanized Africans will fix this by first intensifying their efforts to redefine a more positive image of their community. National and local Americanized African institutions will increase their efforts to galvanize resources in order to develop and implement a public awareness process that ultimately educates, thus, discourages Americanized Africans from purchasing and using illegal guns and drugs. Community leaders will also work with local and federal police agencies to implement a technology-based systemic process designed to identify and stop those responsible for the flow of illegal guns and drugs into the Americanized African community. More importantly, Americanized Africans will initiate a chamber of commerce think tank that deploys a national strategic plan for employability training, local business development, and job opportunities to serve as functional alternatives to the "Toys of Destruction" that are too often the catalyst behind crime in the Americanized African community.
About The Author - Michael O. Grafton  All Articles By This Author The Americanized African Corporation (AAC), a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization, is committed to telling people where to go while simultaneously providing them with the training and opportunities necessary in order to get there. Michael O. Grafton is the Chairman Board of Directors of The Americanized African Corporation (AAC) and is based in Washington D.C. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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