Daily Archive for August 11th, 2006

Dehumanising our youth

By Terry Joseph

Although commanding an incalculably large viewing audience, MTV hasn’t made proportionate contribution to the sum of human dignity it met at first airing 25 years ago, except there is value hidden somewhere in the dehumanisation of black youth.

Globally famous as the ultimate party source, the station quietly marked its silver anniversary, which fell on Emancipation Day, perhaps fearing increased attention to the role it plays in enslaving black youth, who now refer to each other as “pimp” and “bitch” rather than “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” as was the language of their forbears in the pre-MTV era.
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