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Morris O’Kelly: “All My Babies Mamas Must Be Stopped”

by Morris O’Kelly

Some fights you must fight… on principle alone. This would be one of them.

This fight is about having standards, knowing when television programming has in fact gone too far or finally found the basement. The effect and impact of stereotypes can not be denied, from the generalities of racial profiling to the specifics of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Russell Davis; to each time a police officer questions me as to where I purchased my sports car or “why” I’m driving through any given middle-class or affluent neighborhood.

Stereotypes and their impact can not be denied. Ask Muslims and Sikhs about how the world changed for them after 9/11. Ask Latinos in Arizona after SB1070. What also can’t be denied is the disproportionate impact of stereotypes by way of televised imagery with respect to race. Fair or not, the actions of Honey Boo Boo Child and her mother do not serve as a proxy for white women and children. Nor does the sex-tape, jump-started career of Kim Kardashian impact or fuel any long-held negative perceptions of Armenian women. Not all stereotypes are created equal and not all television has equal impact.

The reasonable person is able to distinguish reality television from reality in the world. But then again, there are still millions of people who think Benghazi is a colossal conspiracy and our president is not a U.S. citizen.

Let’s stop underestimating the power and prevalence of stupidity, stop overestimating the common sense of most people. Let’s also stop denying the influence of reality television on both the participants and viewers.

To the issue at hand…


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4 Responses to Morris O’Kelly: “All My Babies Mamas Must Be Stopped”

  1. Denise Twitty Reply

    January 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    African Americans will go out of their way to try to impress the European Americans. DIVIDE & CONQUER Instead of African Americans supporting their own race they want to stop another African American from making money based on HIS life not THEIRS.

    What kind of world do we live in when the views of the oppressed are expressed at the convenience of their oppressors? ~Owen ‘Alik Shahadah

  2. Suga Reply

    January 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Their alot of reality shows on TV, about peoples lives no matter the nationality. So whatever floats their boat. Its their life.

  3. Victor Reply

    January 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Never plan to view the show. Octo-mom’s show was the first that did not last very long. So this show will met the same fate. The man needs the cash.He could be very irresponsible and not provide any support for his children. As for the stereotype element, I feel those that oppose the show are using the race card to promote their agenda.

  4. hope Reply

    January 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

    First, this is not the only negative black show that needs to be taken off the air.
    You have the RHWA. These women are enforcing negative stereotypes about black people. The Basketball wives is the same show.

    What makes one negative black show worse than the other? Nothing, take them all off the air.

    I am glad the show was canceled but what about these other negative shows? Are you saying only shows that show black men in a negative light should be canceled?

    Morris O’Kelly have you done any petition against these shows? I am new to this blog and I want to know.

    We don’t need any further bad images against this race and we certainly don’t need black children to look at any negative stereo types

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