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Warning to black women: Imitating reality TV will get you sent to prison

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Have you ever noticed the trend of people making millions of dollars by posting videos of black girls trying to knock each other’s heads off?  How good is this for our community, for the images of black women and for the safety of our children?  Maybe there is a time when we have to take an honest look at what’s going on around us to realize that perhaps these trends are influenced by media and that the broken families in the black community are starting to have harmful consequences that only serve to feed into the school-to-prison pipeline.

In this video, Dr Boyce Watkins (author of “Occupy Your Children”) and criminologist Chenelle Jones (Ohio Dominican University) talk about the recent arrest warrant issued for Porsha Stewart of the Real Housewives, earlier this year. They explain that it might be fun to watch reality TV, but young women imitating the behavior that they see on television can get them sent to prison.  For a young person, seeing their favorite TV star whop another woman upside the head might seem harmless. But it’s not a big deal to the young person until they actually do it and find themselves locked deep into the criminal justice system, where many of our kids do not return.

Dr. Jones, who has a deep understanding of the criminal justice system, explains that the trend of people acting out what they see on reality television sometimes leads them to ignore the very real consequences of violent behavior.  In a separate interview, another scholar, Dr. Monique Morris, says that reality television has a negative impact on the behavior patterns of young black women. Dr. Morris says that the violence that is condoned on these shows can often lead to bullying and other unfortunate behaviors among young girls.  Morris is fighting diligently to protect young black women from the criminal justice system, and it’s unfortunate that she must constantly battle against prevailing trends in the media.

Do you think that a child watching reality tv is going to have a healthy perspective on how to resolve conflict without resorting to violence, or do you think that television imagery and marketing simply don’t matter?

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3 Comments

  1. Gerry

    April 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Destiny…and you’re a vacuum surrounded by a sphincter muscle.

  2. Toni

    April 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    STAGED

  3. Anike

    April 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    The next video should to be aimed to young black males.
    They need to be placed on notice that trying to adopt a Rap artist’s lifestyle is very likely going to land them in jail or in the grave just as so many of them have been.

    He should point out all of the crying mothers, aunties and grandmas and scores of now fatherless kids who will have to be on the state and county’s dime because he (daddy) never earned a legitimate wage and thus left no social security or monetary provisions of any kind as he was lowered into the grave or shackled and sent to prison.

    Actually the conversation is probably a decade too late but it is still relevant.

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