Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Undocumented poem #3: A Response to this Photo

From Media Matters for America:

"Addressing the unfolding story of an unarmed, 17-year-old Florida teen recently killed by a neighborhood watch activist who has not been charged with a crime, Fox News host Jon Scott recently wondered out loud whether the Trayvon Martin case really deserved the national media attention it was receiving. While Fox colleague Jim Pinkerton explained that the coverage stemmed from the fact that the press is "always interested in the cute child that gets murdered" and the "black victim of racism," Scott's query captured the larger Fox News feeling about the mushrooming Martin report, which was to view the story with a mixture of uncertainty and bafflement.  

Those wholesale attacks on Martin, sadly reminiscent of the right-wing media's sex-based assaults on Sandra Fluke's reputation, have revolved around loaded innuendos about the boy's past, posting bogus photos of him online, retrieving tweets from the slain teenager's closed Twitter account, and pretending the Martin story revolves around a small band of irrelevant New Black Panther Party members. (That's been the Daily Caller specialty.)

Just look at  Breitbart blogger Dan Riehl who over the weekend posted a foolish and offensive piece that claimed a photo of Martin widely used by the press has been "altered" and lightened to make him appear less threatening.  (It hadn't been altered.)

Still, Michelle Malkin's new site Twitchy followed the misguided lead and also posted the same Facebook picture, suggesting the press had been hiding it because it made Martin look more menacing.

Malkin's site was then forced to post a correction and apology [for this photo]:” 

The Poem:

Lagston Hughes’ Scottsboro Poems, today, still so sadly haunting and relevant:


That justice is a blind goddess
Is a thing to which we blacks are wise:
Her bandages hide two festering sores
That once perhaps were eyes. 

The Town of Scottsboro

Scottsboro’s just a little place:
No shame is write across its face—
Its courts too weak to stand against a mob,
Its people’s heart, too small to hold a sob.

Christ in Alabama

Christ is a nigger,
Beaten and black:
Oh, bare your back!

Mary is His mother:
Mammy of the South,
Silence your mouth.

God is His father:
White Master above
Grant Him your love.

Most holy bastard
Of the bleeding mouth,
    Nigger Christ
    On the cross
    Of the South.

1 comment:

  1. This is rich in information and in poetic relevance. Thank you bringing the the past back into the present with those poems--because as many fail to realize: racial torment and misguidance from mass media has not yet left us--but rather taunts us evenmore.