On the eve of the Republican National Convention held at the edge of Lake Erie in a place once nicknamed “the Comeback City,” a group of Cleveland residents met to discuss the sad state of affairs when it comes to journalists reporting on Arabs and Muslims.
White media owners have always controlled our nation’s media system — putting forth a racial narrative that criminalizes people of color and supports the goals of white supremacy. This narrative has been present since the first colonial newspapers were published — and it continues in the images we see on our TVs and computer screens today.
Earlier this week, on the CNN show New Day, Houck claimed that Black people are “prone to criminality.” This is a flat-out lie, yet anchor Chris Cuomo did little to question or negate Houck’s racist assertion.
When people lack opportunities to give meaningful input on decisions that determine their future, they lose faith in the democratic process. They’re wary of election-year appeals from political candidates — the very people they feel have abandoned them.