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Mientras nosotros protestamos para salvar vidas, esta es la cobertura de noticias de Telemundo y Univision

A raíz de la detención y la muerte de George Floyd, la cual fue captada en video, han surgido varias demostraciones en todo el país.

El video en el cual fueron grabados los últimos minutos de vida de Floyd demuestra que el hombre afroamericano de 46 años de edad estaba batallando para respirar, ya que el policía Derek Chauvin, quien lo arrestó, había colocado su rodilla en el cuello de Floyd para mantenerlo en el piso. Mientras Floyd intentaba respirar, la gente que lo rodeaban le rogaban al policía que lo dejara respirar.

Aparte de las demostraciones y varias demandas por parte de figuras políticas y celebridades en todo el país, los noticieros han estado reportando extensamente desde el lugar de las protestas. La cobertura ha incluido reportes desde el lugar de las marchas, al igual que entrevistas con los defensores del movimiento “Black Lives Matter” y sus aliados. Durante el fin de semana antepasado, varios canales también se enfocaron en cómo se han formado protestas en todo el país, también prestando atención a los negocios que fueron vandalizados, y por lo cual la policía justificó su uso de violencia y gases lacrimógenos.

Desgraciadamente, las cadenas de Telemundo y Univision han elegido sancionar la violencia en vez de reportar los eventos.

Las dos cadenas, conocidas por su entretenimiento y noticias para la comunidad hispana, también tienen historia de emplear reporteros con prejuicios raciales que influyen en sus reportajes. Ahora cuando la comunidad negra más los necesita, las dos cadenas han fallado. Durante las dos últimas semanas, usuarios de la plataforma Twitter llamaron la atención en la manera que las dos cadenas manipularon los videos violentos para alarmar su audiencia sobre las protestas realizadas el fin de semana antepasado.

La cobertura sesgada de las cadenas causó que este comentario recibiera miles de likes, comentarios, y reproducciones.

“Es muy interesante que los medios hispanos como Univision y Telemundo sean tan particulares en elegir lo que muestran en sus canales respecto a las protestas y el motín, sabiendo que la mayoría de nuestras familias hispanas obtienen información principalmente de estas dos cadenas” explica @valeriabty_. “¡Mejor apaguen el televisor y enséñenle a sus padres!”.

Otros comentaron que no les sorprende este comportamiento, dada la manera en la cual las cadenas “representan” a la comunidad hispana.

“Hay que ser realista, bien sabemos que la comunidad hispana también es racista. Por eso no le llama la atención la marcha pacífica, sino la violencia”.

“Yo soy una puertorriqueña negra y no podría estar más de acuerdo. Nosotros los afrolatinos tenemos muy poca visibilidad en la comunidad hispana y el colorismo sigue vivo y dando patadas”, escribe otro usuario

“Telemundo y Univision nunca han sido particularmente inclusivos con la comunidad afrolatina, así que no me sorprende que su cobertura sea tan selectiva. Mis papás estaban viendo las noticias en Telemundo el otro día y ¡no duró ni un minuto el reporte de las protestas! Qué decepcionante”.

“Que lo escuchen hasta atrás: TELEMUNDO Y UNIVISION SOLAMENTE PROMUEVEN LA DIVISIÓN ENTRE NUESTRA CULTURA Y OTRAS GENTES DE COLOR. Requisitos para ser sus estrellas:

  • Piel clara
  • Ojos de color
  • Rubias preferidas
  • “Curvas” obligatorias

Tenemos que ayudarle a otras generaciones que lo vean”.

“Chica, acabo de ir a sus perfiles y no vi ni una persona morena o negra. Qué lástima”.

Ojalá Telemundo y Univision encuentren la manera de reportar las noticias por lo que son y apoyen a la comunidad negra.

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Michelle Obama Recalled A Moment When Chicago Cops Accused Her Brother Of Stealing His Own Bike When He Was Just 10

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Michelle Obama Recalled A Moment When Chicago Cops Accused Her Brother Of Stealing His Own Bike When He Was Just 10

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As most Black families in the United States know, growing up as a Black person is seen as a great threat in and of itself.

In a country where the rate of fatal police shootings among Black Americans is higher than that for any other ethnicity, it’s no wonder that this is true. Or, why learning to handle the police while Black is a lesson taught so prominently beneath the roofs of Black households.

In a recent episode of her podcast, Michelle Obama revealed that she and her brother Craig Robinson learned this lesson years ago in a confrontation with the police.

Speaking with her brother in her podcast, Obama recalled the day Robinson was accused of stealing his own bike.

Speaking with her brother, a former basketball coach, and her mother Marian Robinson about childhood and parenting, Obama brought up a moment in which Craig was stopped by a couple of police officers while riding his bike.

At the time, Robinson was about 10 or 11 years old and had been gifted the yellow ten-speed Goldblatt by his parents. While riding the bike, a police officer grabbed hold of it and refused to let go despite Craig’s pleas and protests that the bike was his.

“I was like ‘Oh, you got this all wrong, this is my bike. Don’t worry, this isn’t a stolen bike,’ and [the cop] would not believe me, and I was absolutely heartbroken. And I finally said to him, ‘Listen, you can take me to my house, and I will prove to you, this is my bike,” Robinson recalled.

Fortunately, Obama’s mother was home at the time and ushered Craig inside of the house, while she dealt with the police. As her son recalls, “she had that tight lip” as she confronted the officers who had accused her son of stealing his own bike.

Robinson revealed that she discovered the officers were friends with the people who had made the complaint about Craig stealing the bicycle and demanded they come to her house so that they could “admit [they] made a serious mistake.”

Robinson described the experience as a “heartbreaking” one at various times throughout the interview.

“I could tell [the cops] were trying to ask me questions that would trip me up,” he recalled. “If I wasn’t so sure that that bike was mine and showed any kind of reticence, I could see them taking me off to the police station, not calling mom until after I’ve been, you know, booked or whatever they do.”

At one point, Obama remarked that the story is particularly familiar with ones being experienced across the country, even today. “Nobody thinks about, you know, the fact that we all come from good families that are trying to teach values, but when you leave the safety of your home and go out into the street, where being Black is, is a crime in and of itself, we have all had to learn how to operate outside of our homes with a level of caution, and fear, because you never know,” she recalled

Obama’s mother also described the experience as being “part of a culture” among police.

“Because those two policemen were Black. And they were acting exactly the same as any other policeman,” her mother remarked. “It’s almost like, this is what they thought they were, how they were thought they were supposed to act.”

All three family members noted how the incident is so familiar today. Despite the fact that decades have passed. “That’s the perfect example of what all of these young, Black people are dealing with now, because this was, almost fifty years ago?” Craig Robinson said.

Listen to the clip from the podcast here.

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“Sister, Sister” Actress Tia Mowry Broke Down In Tears Describing A Racist Incident She Experienced As A Teen

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“Sister, Sister” Actress Tia Mowry Broke Down In Tears Describing A Racist Incident She Experienced As A Teen

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Back in the 90s, Tia and Tamera Mowry were experiencing the height of their fame while on the hit show “Sister, Sister.” The series which followed Tia and Tamera as Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell saw two actors play the part of two identical twins separated at birth and then accidentally reunited in their teens. It won several Emmys and Kids’ Choice Awards and cemented itself as essential Black TV. As a result, the twin sisters scored roles on other series, movies, and all kinds of media attention. And not for a lack of racist incidents that attempted to hold them back

Recently, Tia opened up about her experience as a Black teen actor in the 90s and shared a story that clearly still hurts her heart.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Tia shared that she and her sister were once rejected from appearing in a teen magazine cover because of their skin color.

Speaking about the incident, Tia recalled how she’d been subjected to racism when she was a teen on the show and attempting to be on the cover of a popular magazine at the time.

“It was around Sister, Sister days. The show was extremely popular. We were beating — like in the ratings — Friends around that time,” Tia said. “So, my sister and I wanted to be on the cover of this very popular magazine at the time — it was a teenage magazine. We were told that we couldn’t be on the cover of the magazine because we were Black and we would not sell.”

The actress teared up as she went onto recall that “Here I am as an adult and, wow, it still affects me, how someone could demean your value because of the color of your skin,” she said. “I will never forget that. I wish I would have spoken up. I wish I would have said something then. I wish I would have had the courage to speak out and say that isn’t right.”

Years later Tia says she has used that moment to drive her in raising her two children.

Tia (who is a mother to Cree, 9, and Cairo, 2) says that “to this day, I’m always telling my beautiful brown-skinned girl that she is beautiful.”

“What I’ve done with my children is [reading] books,” she explained to People. “You can read incredible books to your children about Rosa Parks, about Martin Luther King Jr. — pivotal people that had a huge impact within the movement.”

“The other thing is through television, especially during this time,” she went onto explain. “I was just having my children watch a whole bunch of [things] that starred a lot of African American actors, and one of them is [TheWiz. You had Michael Jackson, Diana Ross. It was just such a great story. And my son … he loved it, [and] it’s important.”

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