Part II, Black bloggers respond
Earlier today I saw a story that I was going to post about a Kentucky lawmaker who wanted to test welfare recipients.
My first thought as a blogger was that it's a great story that will draw readers to the site.
And then for some reason I suddenly couldn't hit the publish button.
I had looked at the title of my blog. African American Reports. I began to wonder if I hit the publish button would I be helping perpetuate the belief that most people on welfare are black. I asked myself would I be making this a "black" story?
Most black people I know want no part of welfare and want to make it by working for it. I have yet to meet anyone dancing around and shouting, "Hey world I'm on welfare!"
That led me to another question. I know many of the stories or issues we write about would otherwise go uncovered and remain unknown to those outside Black America. But do we as bloggers unintentionally draw attention to the more negative aspects of Black America and help perpetuate stereotypes of blacks?
In this new Internet age do we as bloggers have some sort of responsibility in how "Black America" is portrayed?
Take the poll below and let me know what do you think. Below the poll are comments from other blog owners that will be updated as they come in.
George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50