for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night…. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:5-7, 10
In a society where the media shapes our experience of reality, the Black Lives Matter movement calls our attention to media bias and ways that the voices and experiences of many minority groups are silenced by mainstream media. In her August 15, 2014 article for Jezebel.com, Kara Brown calls us all to resist manufactured “reality” and stay alert to the ways our opinions are manipulated by what does or does not make it onto news channels:
“Do not fall for the false narrative that we only want to march and make a fuss when it’s them shooting us but not when we’re shooting each other. The alluring lullaby of black on black crime has been used to dupe many into complacency and silence.
Just because you don’t know what the hell is going on doesn’t mean nothing is happening. You think the people of Chicago don’t march against the violence in their community? You don’t think there are community organizers in black neighborhoods across the country working to solve these issues? President Obama launched an entire initiative aimed at empowering young men of color.
You think the youth doesn’t care? You obviously haven’t heard about 14-year-old Caleb Christian who, along with his two older sisters, developed an app to document police abuse. You think people aren’t having conversations like this every day? Do not place your ignorance and selective memory onto others.
Stay woke.”
What are some ways you get news? How can you expand your range of new sources to hear voices and experiences that are ignored or left out of the mainstream media?


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