The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



      Advertising exists to put forth a particular point of view to get the public to believe that something is real enough to get them to invest their money into a pre-manufactured reality.  Thus, companies spend millions of dollars in producing ads that will not only get the attention of the public; these ads—placed as their research indicates—will get the public to ‘believe’ a certain way.  So, when you see a Black man in a commercial advertising fingernail polish, feminine hygiene products, etc., what does this ‘attempt’ to say about Black men?

      A few years ago (I’ve been blessed to live life for a while), Black men were portrayed in advertising as ‘Pimps, Players, and Thugs’.  Since we have not invested in ourselves through our own media outlets enough to control our images (like other people of color have) this is what was distributed to other countries around the world (America is the number one exporter of entertainment, worldwide).  Now, the ‘script’ has been flipped with the same objective intact—the further destruction of the Black family by attempting to destroy the Black male image.

      Having said all this, let me pick up where I left off in my last column.  If one were to take an objective look at the types of ads, TV shows and social media ‘blips’ that have appeared before the public regarding homosexuality (sodomites) and transvestites (drag queens), since so many of them are Black—the case is being made that Black men are weak; they are ‘likely’ to ‘want’ such dangerous lifestyles.  In short, those who are pushing this ‘toxic agenda’ are trying to attack the image of manhood in general through attacking the image of Black men in particular.

      Of course, those of us who know God’s Word; who won’t back down from the godly definition of REAL manhood are held to be out-of-step with the ‘new, satanic world order’.  The righteous are held to be the enemy and the logic of upright manhood is held to be a menace. 

      Well, so be it.  I’m not ashamed of being on the Lord’s side.

      It is tragic that BOTH liberal and conservative media outlets have Black ‘girly men’ in positions of visibility and authority.  It is a SHAME to our ancestors to have young Black men continuing to be deceived into believing that the way to ‘get ahead’ is to wear a pair of step ins, wearing twisties with an earring, and have their nails painted.  It is a fraud to watch Black liberals and conservatives in positions of authority sit silently while these lies flourish.

      Brothers, it’s high time that we get back to calling sin, SIN, forsaking it and getting back to the godly standard of manhood.  REAL Black women WILL back our play and support our efforts!  More to come.


     Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Ramey is married and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Christian, an Ordained Minister and KJV Bible Teacher. Since the 1980s, Ramey has won--or helped to win--multiple journalism awards and citations (including 3 CASPER awards). He holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986) presented by the late Mayor William H. Hudnut III, and an award as ‘Best New Internet Writer’ (2003) “Black Men In” from Mr. Gary Johnson, Publisher.

His career also includes serving as an award-winning broadcast reporter, producer and TV/Radio talk show host in the Indianapolis market since 1981. In addition, Ramey has served as staff writer and section editor for The Indianapolis Recorder, and a freelancer for The Indiana Herald. Ramey has also served as a guest Op-Ed writer for The Indianapolis News, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, and a freelancer for BOTH The Associated Press and USA Today Newspaper (Gannett).

In business as an Anti-Gang Specialist & Consultant since 2007, Ramey is the Modern Street Gangs Specialist of “The Gang Line”. He has been interviewed in the U.S. and abroad on the dangers of Modern Street Gangs. Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gang Specialist, with Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010) and Gangs & Cults (2017) certifications, plus endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues (2010) and Transnational Gang Tactics (2010). He has held workshops, trainings and consultations with and for street-level/school-based personnel. He carries Specialist ratings in the area of Cult/Occult Crime, Transnational Human Trafficking and has served as a national/transnational consultant to various faith-based anti-gang ministries.

Ramey has also served as a veteran substitute licensed teacher (1986-2011), a college instructor, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based 2001-2007) with the Marion County Juvenile Court and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed and taught the course UM-190 “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies” in 2009 and 2010 at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana for those who desired to serve Jesus Christ in an Urban Ministry environment. Ramey also served as a post-production consultant for Chick Publications’ anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It had a 2013 national release, with an international Spanish-language version released in 2014.

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