Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Urban Radio Has Dropped The Ball on Explaining Eurozone Crises to African Americans

This issue wit Europe regarding the sovereign debt crisis is irksome. in particular in terms of the US response and more specifically, how urban radio has not taken charge to explain the impact of this on the lives of average african Americans. It as if the discussion of things that have no tangible impact on the lives and well-being of their listeners like a short marriage between celebrities or the alleged sexual sexcapades of a Herman Cain or a Jheri curled Atlanta minister with a propensity for sexting and wearing Toupee made of adolescent male pubic hairs.

There is no excuse for urban radio not too present these issues in discussion format when possible too their listening audience. From Frankski on his morning show in Atlanta to Al Sharpton, or Lorraine White to Tom Joiner, there are rarely attempts to deal with politics and the impending economic implosion in an erudite and astute manor. This is even more needed based on the toxic environment in Washington in which Neither President Obama nor the Congress are will to tell us the truth regarding how bad the US economy is and solutions are rare and disfunction is the way of the day.

Explaining to the general public the importance of what is occurring in Europe is essential if the average American citizen, in particular African Americans are to be prepared for what may be on the horizon. Instead, our radio talk show personalities only speak of politics as if they have to protect Obama more than the people he and Republicans are supposed to serve. We should be critical of his effort to send Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to Europe to tell them to deal with the debt situation urgently in a political fashion when he cannot do the same here at home.

The ongoing global financial crisis is serious and something that should discussed openly by all. First, this is more than a crisis. What we are seeing is a “full-fledged, irreversible and unsustainable Global Financial Collapse that, if not properly addressed, may bring down the whole global economy with it.”

It is a function of troubled banking practices ranging from fractional lending, usury compound interest, fraudulent derivatives, and creative accounting practices that prey on the middle and lower class and enrich corporatist who reign free without regulation. These cancers have resulted in the collapses of Bear Stearns, AIG, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers and the bailouts of Goldman Sachs and CitiCorp among others.

These are complex issues and cannot be addressed, discussed or explained in a cursory manner. It is imperative that urban radio address these concerns in an objective fashion void of politics so that the consumer and average African American will be empowered to make informed political decisions. Protecting Obama from his detractors or discussion the alleged affairs of Eddie Long or Herman Cain or even the racial undertones of Newt Gingrich do not accomplish anything to serve the needs of a community most impacted by the down turn in the US Economy. WE have to address these issues or else do what we all have the tendency to do historically: be reactive instead of proactive,


msladydeborah said...

Urban Radio?

I no longer have a connection to this particular broadcast entity in my community. In the past six months the gospel and oldie stations were taken off of the airwaves and condense into the urban contemporary station. I do not listen to my hometown station at all.

Urban radio does not deal with a lot of issues in my opinion. This is just one among many. I really miss the days of community based ownership. At least we could connect with the station and have some form of input.

I suspect that people who do not have an interest in politics or economics are not paying close attention to the European money situation. I have been following it and will continue to do so because thanks to the BBC, I have a different perspective on how it is going to impact the global economic situation. If things do not work out between the Euro nations, there will be a lot of folks who will be caught ass out.

Mildred said...

I grew up on the Gary Byrd Experience and Bob Law's Night Talk. Sadly, there is very little independent black radio left. And from the demise of the NNPA, Emerge Magazine, and similar trends in 'mainstream' radio, there are relatively few people who want this information no matter how badly they need it.

I think this is part of a broader problem where people just will not act in their own self interest (What's the Matter with Kansas?)

Thanks for putting the information before us.

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