Ben Hooks speaks on black upward mobility and biased TV coverage of the black experience

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Hooks says too often blacks move out of poverty and forget the brothers and sisters still living where there?s too little. We have to stay together, believe in each other, rid ourselves of self-hate. Hooks, the only black on the FCC, criticized broadcasters and warned them to get their act together, affirmative action and equality is the law of the land and all he wants them to do is to obey the law. Wants to make communications media more responsible. They distort the news, present imbalanced image of black life. Blacks not only able to play basketball, football or sing, they have distinguished scholars, doctors, lawyers and people trying to make things better. Network TV ignores major black events like NAACP awards, but when black crime occurs networks spend two minutes to cover that. We?re tired of that kind of distortion and imagery.

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