We are almost at the end of Black History Month, a month I feel is a good thing to have, because even though some foolish people protest, "Well, if there were a White History Month people would freak-out," they miss the point that every other month basically is their, "White History Month," because we as an American society are getting more diverse, but still live in a world where a black man can be choked to death on camera by a police officer and nobody is charged with a crime...except for the person who taped it. As for Ferguson, I already said everything I felt needed to be said by me. In our real lives there is still so much racial turmoil, but in popular culture things seem to actually be getting better; it is great, but I wonder if society truly views this as a shift in culture to more diversity, or just a pop-culture trend to exploit.
|Adam Brashear AKA The Blue Marvel|
I now sometimes see two distinct groups of people, those who claim the success of shows such as "Empire" with a primarily minority-cast are signs of a change in our culture to an interest in more diversity, and some who just say this is all a temporary trend until the next group gets it time in the spotlight. I think calling someone's race or sexual orientation a, "Trend," is ignorant at best and offensive at worst, so that rubs me the wrong way. However, those who observe that we as a society soon will have a, "Minority as the majority," by the 2040's make a valid point that having more racial and sexual diversity in our entertainment is not a trend, it is a sign that we as a society are becoming more diverse in our entertainment, and hopefully will eventually do so in our actual lives too. In the meantime we can only work for more understanding and diversity.