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karen: today on "cityline," how popular media has shaped images of ladies of color. and michelle obama's role in reshaping the image of black women. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] karen:oo welcome to "cityline." later in the program we will look at media images of african-americans dating back 100 years, leaving lasting impressions that shape the sum of today's attitudes towards the black community could michelle obama wowed the opening night of the democratic national convention with a speech that earned praise and admiration from all. michelle obama: don't let anyone
, that somehow we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on earth. karen: her close to 70% approval rating is totally opposite from her first appearance on the national stage eight years ago, when some characterized -- some media characterized her as an angry black woman. joining us is joyce ferriabough-bolling of the congress, and the first african-american president of the boston club, one of the largest communities of women executives and professional leaders in the northeast. choose the senior vice president and cfo of the partnership. welcome to the program. i would like to get your impression on first lady michelle obama's speech what were you thinking when she
bourque my love her entr?e into it where you had all the young people from their heart saying how much they loved her as a person -- among, person who love health. it was produced by j.j. abrams, who did "star trek." then she pivoted into one of the best speeches ever. everyone will that that is the best speech they have heard. the part i love most of all is when she said this was a house built by slaves. that was incredible. "my 2 girls play out in the pond -- lawn," and she tried it immediately to vacancy before them the election of the first woman. i was beyond powerful to see her
-- karen: marine, what was your impression? maureen: it was beyond amazing see her talking about her daughters and the white house it for our country the timing could not have been better. karen: my question to you both is michelle obama is very popular. eight years ago, as we said in the open, she was criticized for "not bng over the years everybody has come to love michelle obama. do you think that acceptance of her has tripled down in any way to a larger acceptance of african-american women? maureen, i will start with you, because your organization works with placing women executives of color. maureen: i am of the opinion
of color are perceived. the fact that she has a brilliant way of leaving in -- weaving income not only the way she does things professionally, but the ways in which women can relate to the fact that it is my daughter's, my children, my sons. the timing could not be better for her to take us to that place with such a palpable way. karen: you are in the political arena. what do you think?jo horrible character of her on the cover of "newsweek" and "time" and "the new yorker," where she had the afro and the gun on her back. i work with clients where the imaging is really important to them and many of them are of color and somehow it is changing since we have a black president
there are certain feelings about black people and you can see it on the boards where there are not women of color on the major boards of the city, and i have to fight for women of color and i have to fight on 2 fronts, to be honest with you. not just the agenda, but the race. where doing better but we still have to work on it. karen: michelle obama, even know she is represents kind of a crossover image. she crossed over to the acceptable to the mainstream. which does not necessarily translate into acceptance of all black women. joyce: i'm sorry, i see her as just being herself. people have a preconceived notion of strong black women, that they want to be, excuse my
strong women. but when they get to know who you are and what you are made of, they dare to take that and show that you are bright and you can do the same kind of work that a man can do and you deserve that same kind of pay. and that i think that they had to get to know her. once they got to know her, her approval is higher than the president of the united ss. , we will give you a closing thought on what this means globally. maureen: globally it means we have a remarkable opportunity to get women on boards, to get women involved in not-for-profit work, to understand the value add of the woman. time is going to bear us in good stead because as michelle has said, and appropriately this
news. these negative images influence personal opinions, ideas, and racial attitudes. once these become familiar and accepted, they can fuel misperceptions and perpetuate misunderstandings among places. ben reports on a police arrest caught on austin, texas. the comments are caused for concern. >> cannot touch me! reporter: a stop for speeding turned into a violent takedown. that enough. and actions, from the partner in the patrol car, have many outraged. >> why are so many people afraid of black people? violent tendencies? reporter: the video being released a year later. >> that is why a lot of the white people are afraid. sometimes i look at it. it's my job to do with it and i
reporter: officers are just getting the actions of the officer accused of excessive force and taking down a 20 60 -- 26-year-old. he says she tried to hit him. >> i didn't want to hit her, man. i was trying to control her. reporter: there is no evidence of that individual. also being investigated in an officer whose comments in the cruiser are being called racist. the second she feels her calling in this. >> my parents. i'm truly grateful going forward. i will be able to help more people. i really do. karen: joining us is bill overton. his book is a collection of rare illustrations, political and social cartoons, and photographs of african-americans.
birth to stereotypes that still exist today. the images from the book have been on display in museums and the book has been used in workshops for police officers and teachers. he is with us in the studio. that bit of news footage we saw, very disturbing. how do people -- where do people form negative perceptions the african-american community? bill: well, first in what, not a historian. i have a lot of issues regarding how we got to where we are. a lot of it i think really stems from -- people don't want to talk about it -- color. back to slavery, the content of africa. i put it right out there --
african-american. my skin color is different. the way i speak is a little different, but you get arrested by the police, they don't ask if you went to college for how articulate you are. it is skin color. if you are clarence thomas, or vernon jordan, or walking down the street, a professor, a schoolteacher, that is the first thing thatou a black man down an alley? he would be concerned just like a white person would. we have a lot of baggage instantly. -- baggage with skin color. karen: a lot of the baggage was formed in people's minds years ago. you have a great collection of old "harpers weekly" illustrations. this first one dates back to
is all about. bill: the relevance of that -- it is called "first vote." hallelujah for what happened yesterday. i'm the father of 4 girls. hillary carrying it on behalf of all women. if you look at the pace of the guy who is receiving -- face of the guy who is receiving the ballot, it is everything. if you look close -- in the jar. if you look closer, there is an hearing. you can tell by the way he is stress and the tools in his pocket. all images in my book, there is multiple stories that go along with each individual piece, because they are illustrations. karen: let's take a look at more of the "harpers weekly" images in your book.
how the irish were portrayed, on the left. coming from the city of boston, significant population of my school was irish. i've always had an appreciation and sensitivity for their culture, even though we didn't study it. it was important. your assistant is italian. significant part of my teammates and classmates were italian. i grew up understanding how important other cultures are. the world now, some of the things happening in boston, it offends me. i'm trying to use this as a tool to illustrate it and lift the burden. karen: what about this one? bill: this actually is from the reconstruction era, and i believe it shows an african-american legislator. during reconstruction there were
i thought that was interesting. karen: of course, after reconstruction, a lot of blacks elected to office, when the jim crow laws -- bill: lynchings. karen: paulette started as a blowback to the cap -- all that started as a blowback to the power attained by african-americans. we have 2 more. bill: the person that did that particular piece is thomas nast. nast is. i challenged michelle obama and barack obama before they became president and first lady. the picture on the right shows the stereotypical image of how the irish were portrayed that. the one on the left shows how blacks were portray defended the exaggerated -- trade then. exaggerated lips and eyes.
of political cartoons. he created the images of the republican and democratic party. karen: this one is lady liberty. what is she doing to that african-american? bill: she is basically -- she is defending his right and basically challenging the constitution, which is what that sword is, and the man that has struck down the black man saying liberty and be achieved that way. how ironic and powerful is that? karen: tell me how you use the images collected in this book in workshops with police. bill: for example, bernard parks , who i was a fan of him when he was chief of police in los angeles, invited me to have a forum and symposium at the university of seven california. -- southern company.
understand their perceptions of black people. on the flipside, when i deal with young people, i tried to get them to understand how important it is to appreciate, respect, and understand image of police. karen: it works both ways. bill: it absolutely works both ways. karen: what kind of feedback you get from the police? bill: i told police officers in los angeles that they were not aware -- i believe in elective bargaining agreement of the nba, national festival association players, they had a right to carry a gun. when i said that, the chatter in the room -- the reason i said it was you are in the late -- in la, charlotte, wherever you have a basketball or football team, and the cop decides for whatever reason, a slick right over here, let me see who is in that car.
family. if you have a gun -- like the guy who got shot when he announced the fact that he had again. like richard pryor -- "i'm reaching into my pocket because i don't want no accident." karen: these images have been on display in beacon hill and you are working with umass to come up with a way to get this into their curriculum. bill: what we are going to do is put it on our website for people who want more information about the project and the book. up next and how does media coverage of shootings in the black community impact the survivors' ability to grieve and heal?
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karen: welcome back. with 24 hour news coverage and the viral impact of social media bombarding the public with crime scene images, how do families who have suffered violence move past the incident. the founder of the peace institute, her son was killed in 1993. she son's name. she is with us in the studio today. welcome, tina. tina: thank you. karen: how do victims, people who have had family members the victims of homicide -- is it difficult to move past that when you're constantly seeing the news all the time? tina: it is difficult to move past that.
whether they were shot by the police -- karen: for instance, often in subsequent news coverage they say, well, so-and-so had been arrested for shoplifting. tina: as if that is justification. whatever resources in massachusetts, those resources shut down for those families. for us, being able to transform the way society response to manner, to make sure it is not about the victim, it is about providing support to the survivors. karen: jelaboun what kind of support the lewis d brown -- louis d. brown institute provides. tina: we serve survivors of
hospital or on the scene, criminal justice with the district attorney's office, the hospital to which hospital they go to, we are notified, and the family is connected to us without advocates within the first 24 -- with our advocates within the first 24 to 72 hours. we make sure the families receive support. karen: tuesday night at the democratic national convention, there was a wonderful presentation by what is being called the mothers of the movement. trayvon martin's mother, sandra bland's mother, many of their other names were become household names to us, unfortunately, because of the circumstances by which their children died. you have been at this since 1993. you are boston's mother of the movement.
bittersweet. these are new mothers of any movement. -- of a new movement. me being the mother of the movement, i watched clementine in chicago, brenda in atlanta, and another son was murdered. i watched these mothers of the movement paves the way from others like me. watching these other mothers of the stand -- their rightful stand. we cannot always continue to respond when a homicide happens. sometimes i feel we are paraded and then dismissed because it is a new movement and set of victims and nothing else happens. so i am inspired. thank you, lord.
goes off, once the election is over, what are the policies put in place and how do we make sure that the next black or brown american victim homicide happens that there is really a protocol to respond to that family, because the victim is dead, but the family members are left behind. karen: not only what happens after the homicide, because we don't want to get to that point, t that so we can eliminate these kinds of incidents? tina: when we first started the peace institute, it was literature and community service learning. we were in boston public schools and republished seven volume -- we published seven wines looking at the hearts and minds of our young people. nine people in the midst of chaos and confusion, they want to promote peace. what is missing and needs to happen, we need to provide a platform for the mother,
pulling the trigger, so that true healing and reconciliation can begin to happen and we don't lose mothers whose sons are now murdered, now brought to the table. and to not shame them, but to provide a space to say here is what i needed when my child was five. here is how i went through the system. i today. thanks for watching today. you can find information on what everybody featured by logging on to our "cityline" page at wcvb.com and don't forget to follow on twitter and facebook. have a good afternoon.
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