On Thursday night, American swimmer Simone Manuel tied with Canadian Penny Oleksiak for a historic gold medal in the 100m freestyle. NBC didn’t air Manuel’s medal ceremony — even though she’s the first African American woman to win gold for an individual swim.
White media owners have always controlled our nation’s media system — putting forth a racial narrative that criminalizes people of color and supports the goals of white supremacy. This narrative has been present since the first colonial newspapers were published — and it continues in the images we see on our TVs and computer screens today.
Earlier this week, on the CNN show New Day, Houck claimed that Black people are “prone to criminality.” This is a flat-out lie, yet anchor Chris Cuomo did little to question or negate Houck’s racist assertion.