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Monday
Jan162012

"Noncooperation with Evil is as Much a Moral Obligation as Cooperation with Good" - MLK.. and Red Tails

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As is tradition around here, we go hunting in search of footage of Dr. King beyond the "I have a Dream" soundbyte that will run all day today. 

 

This video is of an interview where Dr. king explains that non-violent RESISTANCE is the most powerful weapon.   That message has been coopted and defanged by the Black Elite Establishment where the order of the day is compromise, passivity, and going with the flow. 

This would explain why so many Black people are having a conniption fit with this blog because we asked people to explain why Black women should go see the movie Red Tails when there are no Black women in the movie. Yes, I figured out a way to tie in the movie Red Tails and Martin Luther King- that's why they pay me the big bucks 'roudn here. 

We have been told to sit down, shut up, and fork over our dollars to a group of men who created a movie to intentionally exclude Black women from what they purport to be a representation of American history. Mind you there has never been a war movie of late, where the wives, daughters, sisters, or mothers of the soldiers in the movie don't at least appear by photograph.

The easiest thing in the world would be for Black women to acquiesce. To ignore these ridiculous slights. To be silent and go along to get along, less we be called bitter angry $#&*^es.  But what has that gotten us? if anything this whole Red Tails debacle demonstrates the visceral hatred some Black men and women have for Black women.  If me not going to  see a movie where people who look like me are excluded will cause you to call me out of my name, then heaven help us if I start demanding more tangible things like the right to travel freely without harassment.

So be strong my contrarian brothers and sisters. The next time the Black Thought Police tell you to roll over and play dead. Tell them no thanks. Tell them that  Dr. King said that you are morally obligated NOT to cooperate with their stupidity and cowardice. 

Reader Comments (14)

I agree with you, Gina. But I see this as a trend to ignore Black love on screen. I think that's been going on for a long while. We saw it in that film The Princess and The Frog. And we see it constantly in other films and on TV were Black actors are not paired with Black actors romantically.

In real life the vast majority of Black men and women date and marry each other. So these on screen interracial pairings are nothing more than propaganda. This country and its media have been trying to destroy Black families and Black love from day one. So this film Red Tails, is just continuing that tradition.

I definitely won't be seeing this film either.

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal

"In 1928, Edward Bernays already saw the immense potential of motion pictures to standardize thought:

“The American motion picture is the greatest unconscious carrier of propaganda in the world today. It is a great distributor for ideas and opinions. The motion picture can standardize the ideas and habits of a nation. Because pictures are made to meet market demands, they reflect, emphasize and even exaggerate broad popular tendencies, rather than stimulate new ideas and opinions. The motion picture avails itself only of ideas and facts which are in vogue. As the newspaper seeks to purvey news, it seeks to purvey entertainment.”

– Edward Bernays, Propaganda"

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

@Val
Are you serious? I would not blame the media for the destruction of "black love". The destruction of the black family unit lies elsewhere.
The Princess and The Frog is not part of a conspiracy to get black women and non-black men together.
I must admit that I did not think about all those issues when I saw Red tails advertised. I just knew I was not going to see it because I loathe war films. It’s strange, but, I prefer documentaries about war over the films.
Yes, I support good portrayals of black women. No, I will not support films that degrade or deliberately ignore black women.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertrish

@Trish

Do you know the history of American media and race? If you did you would know, as I do, that the media in fact does have a lot to do with the problems facing Black families. The media isn't the only problem but for as long as it has existed in this country it has been an enemy of Black love and Black people in general.

And regarding The Princess and the Frog; who said there was a conspiracy? But it is rather obvious that all other Disney princesses got someone of their own ethnic group as their romantic interest. So why not the Black princess?

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Mind you there has never been a war movie of late, where the wives, daughters, sisters, or mothers of the soldiers in the movie don't at least appear by photograph.

May I ask, where are you getting this information?

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

I'm still deciding whether or not I want to see this movie and why or why not, but I must say that I ABSOLUTELY appreciate you making your stance clear as to why you will not see this movie, and making it about the absence of black women.

I'm extremely bothered by how many black women bloggers are trying to make this about the fact that there is a BM/WW couple.

I strongly encourage BWE bloggers to make this about BW and BW ONLY. Forget throwing lots in with BW crying about how Hollywood is conspiring to destroy "black love" and basically falling into the "black women are insecure haters who can't be bothered to support black men and that's why they're alone and black men don't want them anyway" trap.

I'd rather see it known that this movie failed because BW did not feel represented at all than because we're a bunch of haters that do the Jill Scott "cringe" when we see a BM with a WW. I can see the second stereotype being the dominant explanation, and as it doesn't apply to me, I see no reason to validate it.

I encourage ANY AND ALL BWE bloggers and readers to, should they opt to boycott this movie, make it clear that they are about representing black women in Hollywood and not giving money to something where we are not represented or represented badly. Do not fall into the "BW cringe" trap!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterToni

The Princess and the Frog was the precept to some of this. An all call to how pervasive this sentiment is. The black princess was the only one that needed to own a business (while being poor and black in 1920's Louisiana!) to catch a lazy do-nothing princess of a made up land. I WAS going to donate barbie dolls of the character to homeless shelters, but after I saw the film, I gave some money to a homeless woman and than bought her a meal. I just couldn't support that.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDailyLattes

I was much more concerned with the fact that they had the princess turn into a frog 15 minutes into the movie. Again, the disappearing image of a BW. All the other Disney princessess were human throughout the entire movie. The movie was called 'The Princess AND the Frog", not the 'Princess IS a Frog'

Red Tails does the same thing- eliminate BW. period.

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHey There!

Thanks for the heads up Gina! I'm not supporting this film. If I as a black woman am invisible to them, then they don't need my money. Period!

January 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

Well, maybe Lucas, McGruder and co. just decided to make the movie reflect the actors nowadays. Maybe he figured, hey they all want white women! (since they're all married to white women,) so he decided to erase history and match the here and now. The only one with a Black woman out of that whole crew is the white guy, Lucas. And mind you, he's not married to her, which makes a significant point. I'm sorry, but Black men suck. I know I shouldn't say that on your blog, and I may get edited, but they really do. they are totally working against us in every way.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

Everything isn't racial. Everything isn't racial. Everything isn't racial.

I just felt the need to repeat that statement.

Everything isn't racial.

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBishop

uh huh...in this case, as in most cases with BW and the media, it is.

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHey There!

@ Bishop:

"Everything is not about complacency!"...which I happen to believe is at the root of this problem, on why we even need to have this discussion in 2012.

Everything is not about complacency! Now how many times do you need me to repeat that statement? Everything is not about complacency! Furthermore, why should I associate myself amongst the thoughtless?!

What say you? The question btw is rhetorical. Thank you & Good day!

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

This is suppose to be a movie where black men were treated like dumb unmasculine coon crap who were willing to die to prove their manhood and not one black woman was shown as a love interest or even family interest is historically incorrect. There is no way black women should not have been in the movie in of all place Tuskegee. And It's black men who should be speaking on it like they yelled the inaccuracies about Malcolm X being gay. But they won't because they like that at the risk of being lynched white women were worth the risk. For many black men white women are the ultimate in racial advancement in their lives. That why when they whine about the treatment from white men and cops I say think about your treatment and disdain for your women. The pairing of white women with black men in the media is being done with the purpose of keeping the black race spilt along gender lines, self hating, violent and black men weak who still have to crawl to white man for jobs and to put food on his table. Toss off White women are his secret weapon to control black men psyche and its working. And they wonder why they can't get jobs and always moaning and groaning about massa won't give them a break or lower standards for them. They gave them a break white women. Next time cop racially profile them all they have to do is tell them to get lost because they have a white woman, they are a honorary white man. Black women must boycott this anti black woman movie and let black men and white women support it. Its already loosing money from first week when school children packed theaters. Black men will not support it in mass. They want to see movies about black men pimping, beating up women, killing and poisoning their people with drugs.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLidi

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