Friday, June 6, 2008

You better cast a Black Snow-White!

In my first blog, I analyzed the senior thesis of Michelle Obama, and discussed the absurd notion apparently put forth by Black “sociologists” that demand that White schools and other institutions actively promote “Black Culture”, draw attention to Blacks in History, and—even when Blacks are a tiny minority of the population within the institution—ensure that programmed non-academic activities should not “systematically follow the interest of Whites.”

In other words, even if 90% of the students are White, it’s just wrong not to plan things that Blacks will want to do. It might make them feel bad.

This demand is patently absurd. It’s obvious that in schools in California, for example—the Asian and Hispanic student population might be much larger than that of Blacks, so wouldn’t it make more sense to plan non-academic events for them? But then, wouldn’t Blacks feel left out again?

It reminds me of my little niece who, at the age of six, demanded that all visitors to her house stop their conversations and sit down to watch the movie of her choice. She just wouldn’t shut up and let the adults talk, she demanded that everyone participate in what she thought was entertaining, and damn it, if you didn’t do it, she was gonnna yell, scream and cry until her needs were attended to.

Now, that may seem a little harsh. Yeah, I know. Blacks suffered at the hands of White bigots and were marginalized in various ways. OK. So I think it’s great that there are people attempting to draw attention to the historic travesties that were inflicted on Blacks. Films like “Roots”, the “Color Purple”, “The Tuskegee Airmen”, and others have shed light on some very sad and even uplifting historical stories. And it’s not just Black directors who are contributing. Clint Eastwood directed a fantastic movie about Charlie Parker called “Bird”.

But now we have Spike Lee insulting Eastwood’s masterpiece film, “Flags of Our Fathers”.

In case you didn’t see it, “Flags of our Fathers” is about the young marines who raised the U.S. flag over Iwo Jima following a brutal battle. The event was captured in a one of the war’s most striking photographs, later converted into the Marine Corp War Memorial statue that is world-famous. Most of the men who participated died soon after the photo was taken. The ones that didn’t were employed as a propaganda tool to try to rally waning public support from the war-weary country at the end of the Pacific campaign. One of the flag raisers was an American Indian, and was prominently portrayed in the movie.

So what’s Spike’s beef?

None of them was black. Of course, historically--that's accurate.

Spike wants to point out that, in the entire film that Eastwood directed, he never once portrayed the Black munitions unit that was involved in the protracted battle. Lee found the lack of Black soldiers to be unacceptable. He complained, "That was his version. The negro version did not exist."

Eastwood’s response is perfectly logical: the film wasn’t about the black munitions corp. It was about the men who raised the flag, were turned into heroes and propaganda spokesmen, and about what became of their lives. Oh, and by the frickin' way, Spike: THEY WERE NOT BLACK.

Eastwood further stated, “If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people'd go, 'This guy's lost his mind.' I mean, it's not accurate."

Eastwood is totally correct. The movie is not about whether or not there were Black soldiers at Iwo Jima. But to radical Blacks, historical accuracy is not what is important: they want to be the center of attention, even when it’s not appropriate.

So, just like my little niece, the world needs to stop its grownup talk about nuclear disarmament, dwindling energy sources and skyrocketing food costs, and never mind Global Warming.

But you damn well better pay attention to the one thing that counts: Blacks have played a role in History.

Now I know why Kevin Costner created a role for a Black Moor (Morgan Freeman) in Robin Hood:

To keep Spike Lee off his ass!

So, the next time anyone thinks about doing a Snow-White redux, just remember:


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. At the end, who is more racist? I think blacks always looking to see why/when they are not mentioned is more racist and when you see a "black" many whites are there? Does anybody ever even care or protest? no! It is time for America to stop lowering their heads over this and walk on egg shells. Yes it is bad what happened to the blacks back when, it was a long time ago, get over it.