Growing up, my father had the most annoying alarm clock, it was an alarm clock combined with a radio. Every time it would go off , the sound would travel throughout the house , awaking the whole house with the sound of the BBC broadcast. Now, looking back I actually miss that annoying alarm. Watching the news here in America is more like watching a reality show with Donald trump as the lead. I can’t help but laugh whenever I turn on CNN or Fox News.
I used to wonder why American’s didn’t know much about what was happening outside the U.S. But now, I know how tainted the media is here. Like the great Malcolm X once said, “The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent and that’s power, because they control the minds of the masses.” Most of what’s being aired on the news is intended to distract us from what’s really happening around the world.
This past week, Obama was in Kenya and Ethiopia on a very important, historical visit to his father’s homeland and to the African Union. It was his first official visit as the President of the United States, it was also the first time for a sitting U.S. president to address the African Union. I found the news coverage here in America to be very disappointing, lacking and straight out racist. Instead of covering these important events, the media here were more focused on Donald Trumps campaign, and when they did mention anything regarding Obama’s visit to Africa, they managed to distort Africa’s image by making racist remarks and calling it ‘the land of terror.’
Africa is the cradle of humanity, the birth of civilizations and everything beautiful. It’s a shame that they would depict it in such a despicable manner. Obama made it back alive from Africa, and to be honest with you , I have never seen him happier then on this visit. In both Kenya and Ethiopia, he was greeted with crowds of people on the streets. I also think he gave some of his best speeches to date. Thanks to France 24, I was able to watch his speech at the African Union. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty details of the speech, but all I have to say is watch out China, America is coming to compete with you in Africa.
On a daily basis finding the real news here is a struggle, you have to check out multiple sites, or either subscribe to cable packages with foreign channels. I am ashamed to say this, but some days I am so busy from start to finish that I can’t be bothered with the news. I guess the system here is made to make you forget about the world around you, it’s made to distract you, by work, bills, your personal social life, and the Kardashians. So, I don’t blame anyone for not knowing what’s happening around the world. However, being unaware of what’s going on in the news is extremely dangerous because it makes a person become more individualistic and eventually you become less compassionate because you can’t be bothered by other peoples problems or concerns and eventually it could lead to ignorance. So when you are having an extremely busy day like me, at least skim through the headlines.
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