Black people have been dealing with the fall-out from fake news since the time of the Founding Fathers.
An idiot clicked on a number of bogus news stories floating around the Internet.
That same idiot walks into a Washington, D.C. pizzeria with a loaded gun and bucks off a shot.
That idiot was dumb enough to believe that Hillary Clinton – arguably the most powerful woman on the planet – was running a child sex ring inside of the restaurant.
Even dumber was his belief that he and his trusty rifle were capable of stopping Hillary ‘quarter-million-dollars-a-speech’ Clinton — who could easily afford to have trained killers on her payroll — by himself without an army.Fake news is a problem that we should all be taking seriously as it has played a key role in both the political rise of Donald Trump – whose supporters love to read conspiracy theories on Alex Jones’ InfoWars and Macedonian teen scammers – and the devilish actions of monsters like Dylann Roof – whose racist views were informed by America’s long tradition of maligning African Americans in the media.
America mainstream media has played a key role in the explosion of these fake-reporting agencies.
Pressure to constantly keep up with constant content demands – failure to accurately represent all people and pandering to advertisers have helped erode the public’s trust.
The flip side is that a bunch amazing reporters and alternative news agencies emerged to challenge the system and bring truth to the masses – but is it really worth it?
We can’t have great anti-establishment news without the fake trash that’s poisoning the people like the pizza store idiot who can’t tell the difference?
The wild card for me comes with being black.
African Americans have always been victims of fake news.
Take a look back at through history: