An outrage over a lack of coverage of the 20th anniversary of the ‘Million Man March’ has been developing since Saturday.
Black Entertainment Television failed to broadcast the Million Man March as it happened despite being present at the event, whilst the march was sparsely shown anywhere else.
The television channel did post clips of the march online however BET are now facing a backlash from disgruntled people who believe the march should have been televised live. BET’s twitter site also reveals a clear shortage of focus and coverage on the march.
Posts on BET’s twitter that involve speculation over who should win the Best Live Performer award at the forthcoming Hip Hop Awards and posts discussing the rap game of Rick Ross intervene and disrupt the serious issue of the ‘Justice or Else’ campaign. Many malcontent people have voiced their frustration at BET’s inability to produce footage of the march for their audiences whilst insisting that the ownership of the news channel is inappropriate.
One individual stated, “I was going to snap about @BET not streaming #JusticeOrElse but I remembered… no one black owns Black Entertainment Television #Knoevil”.
Minister Farrakhan, who organised the original march in 1995 and the ‘Justice or Else’ gathering, consistently displayed his compassion for the march throughout last week and he has continued to do so this week. He stirred and rallied black communities all over the world a few days before the march, as he tweeted “Don’t bring any weapons. We will fire the canon of our unity on 10.10.15”.
“I plan to deliver an uncompromising message and call for the government of the United States to respond to our legitimate grievances”.
“What good are we if we don’t prepare young people to carry that torch of liberation to the next step?” he said. “What good are we if we think we can last forever and not prepare others to walk in our footsteps?”
Those who expected Farrakhan’s black separatism message to have softened with age were in for a shock as he stated, “Moses was not an integrationist and neither are we. Let me be clear. America has no future for you or for me. She can’t make a future for herself, much less a future for us.”
Although Farrakhan was warmly received when discussing severe issues such as police brutality and mob attacks, it has been suggested that The Nation of Islam Minister lacks a clear understanding of equality and justice. This point comes after Farrakhan made bigoted comments such as, “A woman who’s beautiful and can’t cook is a killer in the kitchen” in his speech on Saturday.
@OfficialMNIB has taken to Twitter to show his gratitude to TNT for posting the march on their Twitter website, he stated “Thank you @TheNubianTimes
for posting an article on this”.