Missing the Point 0
Sorn Jessen thinks that reporters missed the point of Mr. Obama’s speech to the NAACP:
The original headline of the New York Times article (“Obama tells fellow blacks: ‘No excuses’ for any failure”), if not the entire article, is a lazy, half-assed way of reporting on a sermon that was meant to be and was inspiring, if only in a typical Sunday go-to-meeting type of way. In the NYT article the two ways that mainstream society have of viewing those outside it are fused. We get both types of stereotypes. On the one hand, there’s the noble savage stereotype in Barrack Obama. On the other hand, there’s an element, in the article, of the “good” minority who’s come back to tell the “bad” minority how to adopt the white man’s ways and be successful.
The problem with this entire way of reporting is that somewhere in the fusion of stereotypes, people lose their humanity.