"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.
If you examine the image of Africans and African Americans in the media, you will find that we are, more often than not, portrayed as savages, clowns, criminals, and social derelicts. Is this an accurate portrayal, or is this how others wish to see us? Why is there no consistent public outcry among African American politicians, clergy, business, and community leaders? Have we accepted these images as a true reflection of our worth as a people, or do we foolishly believe that television, movies, and music have no lasting effects on our lives?
In reality, television, film, and radio are powerful electronic forces that saturate the mind and body with sights and sounds that influence psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It, therefore, becomes extremely important that we balance our viewing and listening habits with sounds, words, and images which soothe our souls and add to our collective worth.
- Carter G. Woodson