White Entertainment Television (WET) is the television station that is always watched but never seen. It is the white counterpart to Black Entertainment Television (BET), an American television channel aimed at blacks.
White Americans say stuff like:
How come there’s a BET but not a White Entertainment Television? How is that fair?
You have BET. If we had WET, we’d be racists.
This is called being blind to white privilege. Or maybe just being blind.
It is called being so used to how society favours whites that you do not even notice it and think of it as “normal” and “fair”.
So fair that any change from it, like BET, Black History Month or affirmative action, is seen as unfair and reverse racist.
Peggy McIntosh, in her famous essay on white privilege, listed the WET thing as #6:
6. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.
On American television:
- Blacks have BET, TV One and few others.
- Whites have ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, Fox, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Lifetime, HBO, Showtime, TNT, TBS, National Geographic, The History Channel, TV Land, Hallmark, Disney, Food Network, SOAPnet, Playboy, Nickelodeon, Sprout, MTV, VH1, Syfy, GAC, Spike, FX, USA, CMT, Bravo, NFL, TMC, E!, Cartoon Network, Cinemax and on and on and on.
American television is whiter than America. If it were a matter of “simple demographics”, as many claim, then out of a hundred stations (most people get way more), 12 would be black, more or less, 16 Latino, 5 Asian and 1 Native. It is nowhere near that.
BET is, in effect, a crappy UHF station for blacks, for those old enough to remember UHF (channels above 13 in the days before cable, which mainly showed reruns and old movies). Crappy because it does not currently even have news shows or children shows, much less cooking shows, game shows, travel shows and so on. There is no black CNN (news), black PBS (education and culture) or black HBO (serious drama).
BET is even white-owned!
White American television is white in three ways:
- It is by and for white people. Blacks are, at best, an afterthought. That is why black characters tend to be few, have short life expectancies and lack love lives. They are not the “target demographic”.
- It stereotypes blacks and other people of colour. Worse than lack of representation is misrepresentation. American television pictures blacks as
- violent and
We know that by asking people in the Taiwanese countryside, where knowledge of Black Americans comes mainly from American television shows. Even BET has been guilty of stereotyping blacks.
- It is so white that issues of race rarely come up. As if White Americans live in Sweden or the Middle Ages or something.
The first one is pretty much innocent, but the other two push racism:internalized racism in blacks and externalized racism in everyone else, even people in Taiwan.
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• 8 March 2014 • 4,507 notes
The network was also looking to reach more of an “urban” audience and expand the show’s reach among black and Latino audiences
"Our multicultural audiences are a very important part of our subscribers, and we don’t want to take them for granted,"
What did I say? Did I not say this was dark-sided?
how about putting some POC on your show?
Can I get a black/brown person thats not a damn barbarian/slave or lying snake? How bout that for drawing my attention?
Does ANYBODY of color work at HBO? Like, this is the classic example of Missing the Point(TM). Wow, that they think to draw in more Black/Latino people is to use Hip-Hop and not cast them in diverse and significant roles in their programming, or hire them to write shows, or direct shows, or run shows, is really all kinds of problematic and why nearly 75% of their viewership is white. Don’t act like that concerns you when you pull nonsense like this, HBO. I mean seriously.
• 8 March 2014 • 1,723 notes
Comments on the trailer of the new Annie movie staring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx.
Would you just look at how racism isn’t a thing anymore in today’s society.
• 8 March 2014 • 3,482 notes
Recorded during Beyonce’s rehearsal for her 2014 Grammys Performance.
Hearing Blue say “Hi mommy” is the cutest thing!
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• 7 March 2014 • 3,757 notes
"you’re gonna call me ugly, when you’re fucking black?"
white girl to black girl: you’re ugly because you’re black. god dealt you a bad hand in life by making you black. your skin looks like shit, you should bleach it to fix it. you’re literally a n*gger.
black girl: *defends herself*
black people: *defends black girl*
other white person: omg this isn’t about race! they’re equally terrible people! she made fun of her looks too! you’re being just as bad by fighting back! stop being mean to her!
white girl: you should go eat some kfc. all black women are ugly and ghetto. all black people are trashy. i don’t have a problem with the few who know how to spell, use proper grammer, and aren’t cocky.
white girl: i’m not racist, here’s proof that i have a black friend!
other white person: see! you act like you’re all perfect and you’ve never made a mistake before!
Forgetting to do your homework is a mistake. Being lazy is an imperfection. Getting angry at someone who didn’t deserve it is a mistake. Flakiness is an imperfection. Being blatantly racist is not a mistake; it is not an imperfection.
You call a beautiful black girl ugly because they’ve got brown skin, call them racist slurs, tell them to bleach their skin, tell them they look like shit because of their skin, tell them that god inflicted them with blackness like it’s a disease…and on top of all that, say that all black people are ugly and ghetto, then you deserve to be dragged to hell and back.
Stop expecting black people to take racist abuse and not fight back with this “two wrongs don’t make a right” nonsense. This woman’s being vile and racist and people are defending her like she’s paying their bills. The lengths people will go to defend other people’s racism is astounding.
Yes we’re really going to give her shit. Open season on black girls is over.
• 7 March 2014 • 1,664 notes
Have you seen any changes in the industry in the issues of race, the issue of being a woman, and now being a woman over fifty?
Alfre Woodard, shooting fire for Hollywhite to catch.
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• 7 March 2014 • 33,473 notes
brainmurmurs asked: You would never consider living in the Netherlands???
• 7 March 2014 • 54 notes
A vision of cultural homogeneity that seeks to deflect attention away from or even excuse the oppressive, dehumanizing impact of White supremacy on the lives of Black people by suggesting Black people are racist too indicates that the culture remains ignorant of what racism really is and how it works. It shows that people are in denial. Why is it so difficult for many White folks to understand that racism is oppressive not because White folks have prejudicial feelings about Blacks (they could have such feelings and leave us alone) but because it is a system that promotes domination and subjugation? The prejudicial feelings some Blacks may express about Whites are in no way linked to a system of domination that affords us any power to coercively control the lives and well-being of white folks. That needs to be understood.
Concurrently, all social manifestations of Black separatism are often seen by whites as a sign of ‘anti-White racism,’ when they usually represent an attempt by Black people to construct places of political sanctuary where we can escape, if only for a time, White domination.
No racism doesn’t “go both ways,” is not solely about “hurt feelings,” and differs from prejudice. No, Black people desiring RELIEF from racist abuse, institutional racism, overt racism and microaggressions are not “racist” against Whites when that space is desired, especially since our bodies and lives are deemed “intrusions” into White spaces and politics. Then when such a space of relief is created, Whites claim its existence “oppresses” them. This is White supremacy. It allows no space for our existences except in subordination.
• 7 March 2014 • 995 notes
Cuz the other 11 months, 200+ channels and 43 presidents aren’t enough for white America.
• 7 March 2014 • 13,129 notes