Random Musings

Seamus has threatened bodily harm to me if I don’t write something soon, so I’ve decided for a complete non sequitur. Here goes. Barriers to racial equality are being broken daily, but to little fanfare because it does not fit the agenda of the media whores. Specifically, I will use the example of black directors making mainstream (read non-black) movies for predominantly white audiences. Black directors of the late eighties and early nineties were applauded for breaking into the Hollywood stratosphere, and for good reason. Robert Townshend’s Hollywood Shuffle, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, and John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood were extraordinary films all. Unfortunately, they were always qualified as extraordinary black films, an ugly liberal form of segregation.

It is an outgrowth of the patriarchal liberal worldview that black filmmakers be limited to making movies that depict black people and black themes. Much like the recent fanfare concerning black history being taught solely by black teachers, this soft form of racism is socially acceptable. Let the black folk deal with black things. It is only very recently that black filmmakers have been able to make movies targeted to primarily white audiences. Examples include the Hughes Brothers’ From Hell, Spike Lee’s abhorrent 25th Hour, and Keenan Ivory Wayans Scary Movie series. Who has remarked on this sea change? Did anyone even know that 2 of these 3 movies were directed by black people? Hollywood arguably contains the largest concentration of liberal people in the country, yet it is only within the past three years that these movies have been made. On a separate tangent: Do I even need to mention the awarding of Oscars to Halle Berry and Denzel Washington on the same night for two of the worst performances of either career? Hollywood decided it was time to wash away their collective guilt and give the award to Denzel for saying ‘fuck’ multiple times in Training Day. Halle was taken doggy-style by Billy Bob so we must give her a statue. The tone of all the media coverage at the time led one to believe that it was some external force that prevented awards from going to black actors prior to 2002, when it fact it is the industry itself that votes on these things. Doesn’t that leave a sickly sweet taste in the mouth of anyone who truly believes in racial equality? There is no conclusion to this diatribe, only questions remain.

~ by kinshay on 2003-07-31.

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  1. Totally OT, but… You kids with extra free time should mob it up. Or not. There will be people there, afterall… ;^)

  2. WORD …ya crazy little bastard. http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com/

  3. I loved when at my last job working with Zelda. She is what you would call a “strong black women.” She is successful at her job, has a very nice family, is living the American dream. We would have many great conversations, often about race.

    She now boycotts the Oscars because of those awards given. I would say that it was an insult to everyone they were given them.

    Course, I don;t watch the Oscars and had no idea this was done until she told me …

  4. Damn – I have to call My Girl and see if we can Mob it up tonight!

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