What the New York Times did to Michael Brown today was not merely slander. It wasn’t a case of a lack of journalistic integrity.
Highlighting that a black teenager was “no angel” on the day he is being laid to rest after being hunted and killed by racist vigilante forces is not an unfortunate coincidence.
The New York Times deliberately played into an archaic American tradition in devaluing both the merit of black life and the tragedy of black death.
They chose the day of his funeral, as his family, friends and activists everywhere have to grapple with a human being lost to pontificate about how he was “no angel”. Michael Brown was many things to many people; a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and another black causality of murderous police institutions and today, amidst all the racist violence he, his loved ones and community have had to endure, he was going to finally receive the respect and moment of honor he deserved and NYT decided today, of all days, to tune in their audience onto wholly irrelevant facts about his life - that in turn, transform the very injustice surrounding his death and the following police violence that plagued Ferguson into a national panel about whether or not his death is actually worth mourning and their language suggested that to them, it indeed is not.
This was hardly an accident or mistake. This is the perpetual hostility that is met against black life in America. The consensus is that black people deserve no respect and for black life to be legitimized and honored, we must meet a list of prerequisites. Subsequently, if black people aren’t valued, neither are our deaths understood as tragic or murders seen as criminal action.
This has been the atmosphere of America since its inception and much has not improved.
miyata looked so nice during kifushamu too. it was really fitting for him and it was obvious how happy kifushamu made him. i think there was an interview or whatever where tama said miyata was the most valuable member in 2013 because he had his own stageplay. i’m not sure if i’m remembering correctly but i think it was tama that said something like that and maybe another member. having the lead in a stageplay probably boosts his confidence soooo much too and i think he needs something like that right now.
yeah i remember tama saying that too. i should try to go back and find the quote. if it was one of the regular magazines i should have it, but if it’s one of the tv guides i probably don’t orz but anyway yeah, it was a big deal that miyata was the lead for a play which wasn’t associated with the company at all. he had to hold his own with veteran stage actors, and there wasn’t anyone else from johnny’s that he could depend on. like the other members have even talked about how it was an important step for the group, and how miyata’s experience helped them with their own plays. he’s talented and amazing just-!!!! sighhhh
slightly off topic but last night i was thinking about popularity within the group, and i probably shouldn’t care so much about how miyata ranks or how his goods sell in comparison to the other members or whatever, but i was getting really sad because he’s sweet and funny and talented and fucking gorgeous and i just want him to know that people recognize that and love him for it.
it would be nice to see miyata do more stageplays too and that would maaaybe help him get dramas? but kifushamu was really good i’d like to see miyata as a main character again.
he really loves the theater too, so it would be good if he could do more roles and develop his skills even more. he’s always talking about how much he enjoys doing plays, and gaya even said that he gets all cute and starry-eyed when he goes to the theater.