When I saw that entertainment mogul Tyler Perry had pledged to rebuilt the home of an 88-year-old Georgia grandmother, pay her rent in the interim and buy her all new furniture, I immediately assumed that the grandmother, and her family, must be black. But we wouldn’t know if from the AP press release. Nor would we know if from the Yahoo article. We would not know it from the newsone article. We would never be able to figure it out from the local Access Atlanta blurb either. TV guide also gives no hint of this. The Los Angeles Times is the same way. Every one of the news outlets above, and many more, were careful to include a photo of Perry in the article, even though he is a celebrity and most people would probably already know what he looks like. Generally, when people are the beneficiaries of unusual charity, the media is sure to publish photos of them. Why, in this case, was it not done?
Clearly, the media establishment wants to be certain the entire world knows that a black celebrity was generous with his money. How was I able to confirm that the grandmother, and her family, are black? Through the website of a T.V. station, whose article was published before Perry got involved. Here is the photo:
The media is suppressing the race of the beneficiaries just as it is accustomed to suppress the (black) race of the perpetrators of crime when it is possible to do so.
I want to emphasis that there is absolutely nothing wrong with blacks taking care of other blacks first and foremost. I do not fault Perry for doing this. On the contrary, he is worthy of praise. But I do fault the media for misleading the public and trying to portray this as if Perry is colorblind in his good works.