>Black Exploitation Television founder Johnson weighs in

>It seems that the man whose creation has turned into post-modern blaxploitation (all in the name of black empowerment, of course) is advocating on behalf on Sen. Hillary Clinton.

BET founder Bob Johnson came to Sen. Clinton’s defense after Sen. Obama’s campaign and other critics heavily denounced Clinton’s statement that “King’s dream of racial equality was realized only when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964” (Source: Yahoo! News).

That kind of campaign behavior would not be reasonable with me for a guy who says ‘I want to be a reasonable, likable, Sidney Poitier’.

Johnson went on to say:

To me, as an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues — when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in his book — when they have been involved.

This is interesting, coming from a man who continues to remain oblivious to the self-destruction of his network. To take a page form his book, as an African-American, I’m insulted that BET would continue to degrade my community with the kind of programming and stereotypes it insists on promoting.

I can’t help but wonder while Sens. Obama and Clinton were fighting for causes they believe in, what was Johnson doing while our community has watched your channel devolve into nothing but insulting and insidious modern-day minstrel shows? Where was Johnson when black women in our community went from being portrayed as strong and beautiful to being insulted and exploited? Where was Johnson when our black men went from being portrayed as loving and unselfish to thugs and gangstas, who will do anything for some bling?

The continued devaluation of the black community by Johnson and his “empire” has led me to believe that Johnson doesn’t care about our community. Johnson and his cronies have sold out to our community just to make a few billion–all in the name of black empowerment.