The National Black Evangelical Association (NBEA), president Rev. Dr. Walter A. McCray, and the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC), president Rev. Ronald V. Myers, M.D., issue this statement regarding the erroneous reporting by CNN and practically all other mass media networks of the recent mass killings in Orlando, Florida as “The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.”
The media’s identification of the recent horrific mass shooting of 102 people (49 deaths) at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida by a gunman who affiliated himself with Islamic terrorism as “the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history” is irresponsible reporting by televised and print media.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all who suffered such atrocity and their families and friends. However, the loss of life during the many tragic race massacres and murders of blacks in American history should never be diminished due to the media’s false reporting. The kind of reporting that neglects the historic mass killings of blacks causes even greater pain and anger, creating a greater racial divide throughout the country.
It is important for America to reflect upon the loss of millions of lives from the legacy of enslavement. Many more than 50 African Americans were killed in a number of incidents. The most important occurrence is the millions of Africans who died during the middle passage. Specifically, the legacy of slavery includes the lynching and murders of black Americans before and after the Civil War, the Tulsa Race Riot, the Red Summer of 1919 which includes the East St. Louis Massacre, the Omaha Race Riot, the Chicago Race Riot, and other mass killings of blacks.
This Saturday, the “18th of June” (“Juneteenth”), marks the 2016 National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement and the National Day of Remembrance of the Maafa (Black Holocaust) in America. This is the day before the celebration of Juneteenth Independence Day in America on the “19th of June.”
The “18th of June” is the date set aside to remember the continued cost of freedom from the loss of life as the result of the legacy of enslavement. We must seek God for reconciliation and healing from the curse on the land from the shedding of blood as we “turn from our wicked ways” (II Chronicles 7:14).
The National Black Evangelical Association (NBEA) joins the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) in urging the print and TV media to correct mass murder false reporting.
The media should report on the significance of the “18th of June” as an excellent yearly opportunity to educate America about the Maafa during the National Day of Reconciliation and Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement, as well as Juneteenth Independence Day on the “19th of June.”