I really don’t like to comment on racial issues too much, but it really kind of annoys me when people complain that there are Black-focused TV channels (ex. B.E.T.) and awards shows (NAACP, Image, & B.E.T. awards). I’ve heard some say that it is unfair because white people couldn’t have a white-focused channel or award show. I’ll give you the point that people wouldn’t be accepting of a channel or award show that only focused on whites, but it isn’t really the same situation at all.
My problem is that many are forgetting the reasons those channels and award shows were created in the first place, which was to give black entertainers recognition for their work. The NAACP awards were created in the late 1960s at a time when it was unlikely for black people in the entertainment industry to get recognized for their work. There were exceptions of course, but for the most part a lot of work was unrecognized.
I will admit I’m not a huge fan of the B.E.T. of today, but at one point they showed old movies with predominately black casts that weren’t normally shown with stars like Lena Horne. They also used to show music videos that weren’t likely to be shown on MTV (though at this point both channels have more reality shows than anything else).
I’d like to say that those channels and award shows are no longer needed and that black entertainers are getting a lot more recognition, but even just looking at the Emmy Nominations from today, that isn’t really true.
I hope that there will be one day where there isn’t a need for those channels or awards, but today they still seem to be needed.