“Is Shaniqua living in a tenement in Brooklyn with five babies by five different ‘men’ watching? Is James, who stands on a corner in Baltimore selling crack cocaine to his community watching? T-Bone, a Blood from South Central and his boys and rival Crips from cross-town, are they watching? Janice, who dropped out of Somerville High School in Massachusetts, will she be tuning in?
“I doubt it. And here in lies the problem with shows like ‘Black in America,’ and books like ‘The Covenant with Black America’ they don’t reach the people who need to hear and read it most. The people who need to change, probably won’t be tuning in—which is why years after the Million Man March and years after The Covenant with Black America and years after Black in America, nothing will change.
“These outlets just become masturbation…”