Charleston Shooting: Why the Media Matters

There should be a sign at every border of the United States that reads, “Welcome to America Where You Have the Right to be Wrong”! A nation that was supposedly built on Christian principles has lead people all over the world to believe otherwise, including its own citizens. Some Americans are growing tired of the ignorance, greed, and hypocrisy that overshadows the good deeds of law abiding citizens. Children from impoverished neighborhoods are beating the odds, graduating from high school and some even earning full scholarships to Ivy League schools yet stories like that get very little coverage. Meanwhile, Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner, Rachel Dolezal, and now Dylann Roof are getting all of the air time on major cable networks. Are the garbage disposals (media) or the garbage collectors (viewers) the blame though?

Think about a human’s taste buds. For every person, they are different but we all have our favorites. What goes into your body is a reflection of what we like to eat. The same applies to your mind. We feed our brains what we like to think and speak about through our eyes and ears. If we weren’t so interested in trash, the media wouldn’t keep feeding it to us.

Believe it or not, we have more power over television stations than we think. Their only criteria is finding out what’s hot; they are rating junkies. With high ratings comes millions, billions, or even trillions of dollars. We are studied through social media, online news sites, television, and radio. Why do we keep seeing violence, racial struggles, and sex on cable television? Well, what Facebook posts, tweets, and Instagram photos get the most attention? Who is being talked about more in the Charleston Shooting, the victims or the shooter? Think back to Virginia Tech, the movie theater in Aurora, CO, and Columbine High School. Did you hear more about the victims or the shooters and the deadly violence? It’s politically correct to say kind words so people offer their condolences and tell you they’re praying for you but what do they talk about the most?

Furthermore, video games, movies, cartoons, and music primarily promote sex, drugs, and violence. Parents buy horrific games for their children and let them watch adult programming but we’re trying to promote a safer America? Countless ratchet videos go viral on the internet every day but we are hoping for a better tomorrow. Who are we fooling?

In every war, there is a winner and a loser, but you cannot defeat an enemy whom you support.

Rodney Jordan is the author of the books Tired of Being Black and From the Heart of a Teacher. Find more information about these literary works by visiting

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Rodney Jordan

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