Sunday, 13 March 2016

The Black Report

The Black Report is an online news website that features stories centralising around the African American population. They claim their mission is 'to establish a sense of community for the African Diaspora online by sharing in our common experiences across the globe.' As a website in its own right presents issues of separation from generalised society as there is a need for black representation in the media. From its founding in 2001, The Black Report shares stories, mainly with a political focus, from other news outlets such as USA Today, The Washington Post and Esquire to name a few.

The majority of recent stories focus on the upcoming US election and issues raised by Republican candidates like Donald Trump and Democrats such as Bernie Sanders. The views and articles are mostly written by black people, thus providing a specific viewpoint on the story which may not be presented or pushed by mainstream media sites. There are great focuses on the inequalities of the black comminuty often regarding economic welfare, under-representation, discrimination and the 'Black Lives Matter' online campaign.

Along the right side of the stories page, there are advertisments for other websites featuring similar articles. One of which shines a light of the double injustices again black women in entertainment mainly. What The Black Report shows is a refusal to accept under-representation in the media or to assimulate to general whitewashing. Although 'recent studies indicate that despite progress since the Voting Rights Act, blacks continue to be underrepresented on city councils and the issue of equal representation on the basis of race continues to be debated by researchers and policymakers'(1), this site shows that until there is equal representation, there are people as part of the community who care enough to become part of the process by providing politically fixated stories highlighting these issues.

(1) Darden, Joe T. "Black Political Underrepresentation in Majority Black Places." Journal of Black Studies 15, no. 1 (Sept 1984): 101-116.

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