Blacks angry over viral news clip
A clip of a Huntsville, AL news station reporting on a break-in and attempted rape case in the projects has gone viral on the internets. If you haven't had the pleasure, here is the original and here is the autotune remix. Apparently a t-shirt line, a ringtone and a Facebook fan page dedicated to the star of the case, Antoine Dodson, took merely three days to pop up.
The controversy comes from blacks who take umbrage at the WAFF reporters and staff for putting Dodson on the air in the first place. Comments on the clip include racist remarks and a very angry black segment who feels this makes all African American people look bad. Some Huntsville residents feel the national attention of the clip is a mockery and misrepresentation of their area.
At first I didn't see the harm. I applauded the WAFF staff for giving Antoine Dodson a voice like any other victim and treating the crime like any other valid news story. But now that the fallout has sunk in, I can see the point of those who are angry.
My home town, Evansville, IN experienced a tornado so severe in 2005 that it dispersed residents from their homes. That is, it dispersed certain residents from their mobile homes. I didn't know anything about the disaster until my friend living in Tokyo emailed me the story. "Isn't this your hometown?" An image of a 400 pound woman splayed across the lawn of a trailer park became the logo for my spot on the map. Wonderful. Why couldn't that tornado have hit the Porsche dealership in town or the Evansville Country Club? Or at least skimmed the surface of the famously haunted Willard Library? In that case, images of a refined and tasteful midwestern town would splash across Toyko newsrooms.
So I get it folks. It sucks when the world judges you because of other people who loosely share your same boat in life. But who do we think we are, anyway? Better than the lady in the lawn? On some days, I have to wonder if we all have a little Antoine Dodson in us. Hide your wife!