Yesterday, thousands gathered in Washington D.C. to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, this time under the theme #JusticeorElse. It’s been talked about for months, many have recollected on their involvement in the original march, or at least where they were at the time.
I remember being a 10 year old little girl back in 1995. I’d heard a lot about the Million Man March from my mom, but also in the media. Although I was pretty young, I understood the significance and applauded the efforts of those involved.
So naturally, I expected to see photos, video or posts celebrating the 20th anniversary from those involved, or simply those who support the cause. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t personally post anything, but not from a lack of concern. Being that I’m connected to many reporters, public figures and community activists on my social networks, I did see a lot of coverage from people on the ground.
What I also saw, was a lot of people complaining about the lack of coverage received. Many calling out outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and even BET for not providing coverage. By coverage, I’m not sure if they meant TV coverage, but there was definitely lots of news stories circulating from these very outlets yesterday, and even before in preparation.
Being that many people only get their news from social media timelines, it’s a good chance they could have missed some of the coverage. I’ve taken the liberty of including a few links below for all those who may be interested in reading some of it. There’s much more where this came from, you might have to Google, or go directly to the source to find it.
New York Times
I understand that many of us are frustrated with the media’s tendency to focus more so on negative news as it relates to communities of color, but they really are just doing their jobs in some cases. Most of the frustration regarding the lack of Million Man March coverage was related to the round-the-clock media coverage provided for the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore. I agree that there could have and should have been more coverage of the positive aspects of those protests, but that’s not always the story that will be told. Many of the people who complained about the lack of coverage were probably going off of what they seen or heard from someone else. In any case, the coverage is there.