Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Holding BET Accountable

Last week another Rally took place, one that was no less powerful than the one in Jena New Orleans one holding BET accountable for the garbage that they flood impressionable minds with everyday

Washington DC – A crowd in excess of 500 rallied in a powerful yet peaceful demonstration outside the upper Northwest Washington DC home of Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, Black Entertainment Television Networks. With signs reading, “BET Does Not Reflect Me”, “Lift Us Up, Don’t Tear Us Down”, “We Are NOT Gangsters and Pimps” and “I Am NOT a B I # * H – Respect Me!”, the largely African American crowd of children, teens, young adults and adults marched for two hours. They rhythmically chanted, “Enough is Enough” and “BET – Be Better, Do Better!”Joining in the rally were representatives from the National Congress of Black Women, the National Organization of Women, the Feminist Majority, other local activists and Maryland Delegate Justin D. Ross.
At the 2:00 p.m. press conference Rev. Delman L. Coates, Ph. D., campaign organizer, stated that the campaign is about home – about what is being brought into people’s homes everyday – regardless of whether or not they want it in their homes. "The purpose of the campaign is to protest the commercialization, marketing and distribution of content that degrades black women and portrays negative stereotypes of black and Latino men as pimps, players, hustlers and thugs."Coates articulated the campaign goals, the first of which is for media and music companies to develop universal creative standards for the music and videos they produce, market and distribute. He also stated another goal - “We are also looking for Congress to allow consumer choice in the cable industry; more popularly known as ‘a la carte cable.’ We believe this is important because, currently, even if consumers change the channel, a portion of their cable bill still goes toward subsidizing those outlets that produce content they don't desire or support.” Coates referred to a 2006 FCC report concluding that ‘a la carte cable’ could reduce cable bills by 13 percent." Rally participants of all ages and backgrounds peacefully expressed their disdain for the ways in which people of color portrayed in the popular culture. Supporters demand a change.Demonstrators vowed to return next Saturday, September 22nd @ 1:00 p.m. to continue the protest in full support of Coates’ statement, “This is a movement not just a moment.”For more information or to schedule an interview with Rev. Delman L. Coates regarding this campaign, visit the http://www.enoughisenoughcampaign.com/ website or send an email to:


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