The mainstream media has had a perennial reputation of addressing any subject and making the claim that people of color are the “hardest hit.” CNN has consistently adhered to that theme and taken it to absurd extremes. The so-called news outlet claims, more or less, that sleeping is tough – people of color hardest hit.
In an article on Friday, CNN claimed that “lack of sleep” has a “disproportionate impact in communities of color.”
“As the United States rolled back the clocks one hour this month to observe the end of Daylight Saving Time, many people got a bit more sleep than usual,” read the lede, “but some not as much as others.”
“Growing evidence shows that lack of sleep and sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, remain more prevalent in Black, Asian, and Hispanic or Latino communities, and these inequities can have long-term detrimental implications for physical health, even raising the risk of certain chronic diseases.”
CNN doesn’t seem to mind opening itself up to certain mockery.
Daylight Savings is racist pic.twitter.com/HvjqKJNy1S
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) November 25, 2022
One Twitter user responded that Daylight Savings is not the only racist oppressor.
So are bears pic.twitter.com/ZcPxqUvr2q
— Amanda Kennerly (@MandyintheWest) November 25, 2022
The article observes that “Daylight Saving Time itself – enacted in the US to reduce electricity usage by extending daylight hours – has long been controversial in the United States.”
One might think that, with the spirit of the age aiming to migrate away from fossil fuels, CNN might champion anything that has the potential to reduce electricity usage, including Daylight Savings. But their priorities are clear – racism easily trumps energy policy.
After linking sleeplessness to all kinds of health consequences, including “obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, including of the breast and colon,” they observed that “Many of these health outcomes are more prevalent in the Black population.”
“As for the inequities seen in sleep health, it’s not that White adults don’t also experience a lack of sleep and its health consequences – but people of color appear to disproportionately experience them more, and that’s believed to be largely due to social systems in the United States.”
Wow, CNN, this explains so much!
Holy crap, that explains why most black on black crime happens after 12am.
It is DST fault, not the community, parents, culture or system.
Finally an answer!
— Bruce Freshwater (@bfreshwa) November 25, 2022
The article explores “racial and ethnic disparities in sleep duration” which “appear to be getting worse across the United States”, according to a study published in April by JAMA Network Open.
“Among more than 400,000 adults in the US, between 2004 and 2018, the prevalence of short and long sleep duration was persistently higher among those who were Black and Hispanic or Latino,” said the studiers, Dr. César Caraballo-Cordovez and Chandra Jackson, who were joined by other contributing colleagues.
Up next on CNN: The subtle racism of olive packaging; Why do green olives get to be in glass jars, while black olives are in cans?
— Morgan Dollar (@LouieG614702) November 25, 2022
Perhaps this tweet expresses the most common reaction to “studies” like this:
— Bedlamcitylimit (@bedlamcitylimit) November 25, 2022
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