*** A Difficult, But Much Needed Conversation Needs To Happen ***
Louisville, Ky. - March 17, 2019
Mark Gunn Media Inc. Reaches Out To Local Television Media To Plan A Historic Summit On Race
Mark Gunn, Owner and President of Mark Gunn Media Inc. reached out to the General Managers of Louisville’s biggest television stations. WAVE 3, WDRB, WLKY and WHAS 11, to discuss the possibility of presenting a 4 - station simulcast. The goal being to have a much - needed and much - avoided conversation about race and racism.
“Media has always had a responsibility to operate in the public trust,” said Mark Gunn, Owner & President of Mark Gunn Media Inc., “and if we’re being completely honest, we’ve been as much a part of the problem as any other factor. This is a chance to become part of the solution and do something very rarely done in local television.”
Gunn’s vision is to have personalities from all four stations serve as moderators, asking questions about race and racism that will be submitted ahead of the broadcast by local citizens.
*** A Message From Mark Gunn ***
I’ve been trying to get information over the past few months from those that have indicated that you would be a big part of making this event happen. In order to do that, I need your feedback.
In discussing the topic of race, there are things most often said that you can set your watch by. At some point in every conversation on the topic. Some people have a tendency of becoming very defensive whenever the subject comes it, which makes it almost impossible to have the conversation.
When pondering the “why” of it all, the following observations come to light:
1) An ego driven fear of being wrong
2) Being implicated in existing inequalities because of the belief that they are a good person
3) Not doing enough out of fear of losing a job or relationships
4) Any discussion of race makes you the troublemaker or the problem
These are among the reasons why you hear statements like:
1) Why does everything have to be about race?
2) Slavery was a long time ago. Why can’t you just get over it?
3) I never owned slaves and you were never a slave.
4) You’re making it up. It wasn’t about race.
5) You’re playing the “race card”.
6) You’re stirring the pot.
7) You’re racist for bringing it up.
8) Why is there no White Entertainment Television or NAAWP?
9) I don’t have White Privilege?
10) You’re racist against White people.
11) America’s not racist. We had a Black president.
4 Things To Understand About Racism
1 Good people can unintentionally say racist things
2 Race is a social construct, but it doesn’t mean that racism isn’t real
3 Color blindness is not a fix for racism. In fact, it’s the opposite
4 Reverse Racism is not a thing
Check this page every week because we’ll post a different question regarding race relations. Your input goes a long way to helping us put this summit together.
This week’s question
“When was the first time you heard the word “nigger” and how did it make you feel?”
Please feel free to comment in the space below. Your input is extremely important if this effort is going to succeed.
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