Once Again my Existence is Marganlized

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Why is it when the media wants to get opinions on political topics from black voters, they go to the barber shop?  As if the barber shop is the only place where we discuss important issues.  I am so sick of being marginalized and undervalued!!  Why can’t the Post and other media outlets get comments and opinions from black people leaving work in downtown DC or coming off the metro like they do our white counterparts?  I know that the barber shop has been one of the few staples in black community; many times you can hear some interesting debates in the barber shop, but damn it that is not the only place where we discuss important issues!!

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11 Responses

  1. I understand what you are saying, but you think it may be that the barber shop is a pretty good place to get a cross section of thoughts – and a pretty accurate reflection – on different issues in our community? I also don’t know of another place where so many men are willing to speak their minds.

    What’s another place where we have such lively discussion?

  2. The media is based on keeping America segregated in our minds eye. Many times have I tuned into the news to hear “An African-American robbed xyz”, but when it’s a white person it’s “So-and-so shot a police officer”. No mention of race. And I still don’t understand why blacks are “African-American” and whites are white. Hispanics are hispanic. Gah! Don’t get me started!

  3. Here in Boston, they get opinions from black people the same places they opinions from white people. Maybe you need to move. 😉

  4. I totally agree. Surely these brilliant, on-site reporters can collaborate on a new place to find black voters.
    Personally, I’d love to see someone asking a BMA wearing a bulletproof vest for his opinion on the Harold Ford, Jr. campaign issues.
    Maybe thats a little extreme and surreal, but why not get all the opinions?

  5. Tariq:

    The local news goes all around the DC area to ask people walking down the street their opinions; while people are getting off the metro, at the airport etc…. They can do the same with black people. It just seems like whenever they want to get the "black’ perspective, they go straight to the barber shop. This is in no way an attack or a diss on black barber shops, but we are more then that. We don’t only talk in the barber shop. Or maybe they should go to more then one venue to get opinions.

  6. Heather:

    Yeah ok..lol Boston here I come lol

  7. Gotta agree with Heather. I live in Atlanta and have never seen an interview done in a barber shop.

  8. I understand what you are saying, but you think it may be that the barber shop is a pretty good place to get a cross section of thoughts – and a pretty accurate reflection – on different issues in our community

    It is in no way a “good place” to get a cross section of thoughts of the community just as Starbucks or Einstein Bagels is a good place to get the thoughts of the white community……

  9. Hey Lib4:

    I do believe that you can get various view points from barber shop talk; my issue is no balance of coverage. 9 times out of ten when the media wants to get political opinions from the black community, they always go to the barber shop. I am all for getting the opinions from customers at the shop, but balance it by going to other venues as well.

  10. I hear ya.
    Just proves the covert institutional racism that we all still face.

  11. I feel ya. That is one of my big pet peeves — we only get interviewed in barbershops or churches — and too many media stories on African American life use choir music in the background (I actually emailed NPR about that latter point; no response).

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