Sunday, October 02, 2005

Jessica Lynch vs. Shoshana Johnson

I did my first critical analysis on the coverage of the POWs, Jessica Lynch and Shoshana Johnson. In reading article, after article, after article, I became disturbed about the amount of coverage (or lack thereof) of Shoshana Johnson, an African-American mother. I found it difficult to find articles about what happened to Johnson as opposed to the hundreds I found on Jessica Lynch, a White female. Most articles I found about Johnson were from magazines who target African-American readers such as Ebony and Jet.

I truly believe that America was just looking for a hero in the time of war when Jessica Lynch was rescued, however I still believe the media and government took it too far and put her on too high of a pedestal. In fact, Shoshana Johnson was a prisoner of war for 12 days longer than Lynch and was kept in Sadaam Jail in Baghdad, whereas Lynch was in a hospital the entire time.

What disturbed me the most was the fact that Johnson was treated so unfairly when it came to disability payments. Lynch received 80% disability and Johnson was initially only given 30%, but she disputed it, only to receive a whopping 50%! It's undeniable that both ladies went through hell as POWs, but why doesn't their compensation equally reflect that? And why was a book deal given to Lynch when she even said herself she doesn't remember a lot of what happened to her? So how do we know what she says and what is reported is true.

Bottomline: I feel that the whole fairytale surrounding Jessica Lynch was ridiculous and it hindered the proper recognition of a true hero -- Shoshana Johnson.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Like Mother, Like Son

My mother sent me an article today about some remarks Barbara Bush, former First Lady, made about the evacuees from New Orleans coming to Texas. The article reads, "[Mrs. Bush] declared it a success for evacuees who were underprivileged anyway, saying...that many of the poor she had seen while touring a Houston relocation site were faring better than before the storm hit" (Kornblut, FW Star-Telegram, 9/7/05). Mrs. Bush also commented, "what I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas" (Kornblut, FW Star-Telegram, 9/7/05).

I found the comments made by Mrs. Bush a little disturbing, and so did my mom. President Bush already made the mistake of not responding quickly enough, and instead of willingly as opposed to reluctantly opening our arms to the evacuees, we have people like Mrs. Bush making these comments like we don't want them here in Texas.

My theory is that if these were a bunch of people (not African-American) from another state, displaced by a natural disaster, the government would be breaking their necks to provide help.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

My 1st Blog!!!

This is just a test to see if I did this thing right...
So, here goes nothing (I mean something...I hope)