Monday, January 16, 2006

I try not to review movies that I haven't even seen, but because its Martin Luther King Day, I feel compelled to tell you why I won't see the movie, Glory Road.

I think its disturbing that its impossible to produce a mainstream movie about America during the Civil Rights Movement that doesn't have a "white person" as the chief protagonist. Glory Road is focused on the white coach. Mississippi Burning is story of two white FBI agents; Ghosts of Mississippi is a story of a white district attorney. The only exceptions to this rule I can think of are 4 Little Girls and Malcom X but those were both Spike Lee Joints.

So what does this tell us? Well, unfortnately, it tells me that there is still a real separation between white Americans and black Americans so much so that they can't relate to each others' stories. I also think that these movies are offering stories of comforting stories of "white redemption" when frankly, there's still much much work to do to if we want to create the promised land Martin Luther King died fighting for.

Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.

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