The Red-Headed Sis Rips on "The Help", guest post

"Sláinte, bitches."
Some of you remember the Red-Headed Sis; she was denied a job promotion because she was accused of "pushing the gay agenda", and she eventually lost her job when she did a guest post here in which she blew the whistle on a homophobic senior worker.

Now she takes on the The Help.

Maybe I should start this out with the fact that I have neither seen nor read “The Help”. I have no intentions of seeing it, although I have been told by my new colleagues that I would love it. I've had people come up to me and tell me that this book rocked their world. It makes me wonder how stable their worlds are. I'm embarrassed by my generation for not only churning this jackassery out, but swallowing it hook, line and sinker.

I think most people who will read this already know the main problem. It's a movie about the Civil Rights Movement that does not focus on the POCs who were the ones that had to fight for and receive their rights in a nation that, since it's conception, has boldly declared all humans equal. There have been no less than four amendments ratified to try and make that boast a reality and still we don't have equality. This is extremely obvious in the art we put out and if any of you have ever had the unpleasant experience of going through the archives of 4chan on the internet, in the postings and comments of whiny suburban teens and college freshmen.

From what I can tell, the plot of this movie is this: Liberal Southern girl comes home from college and her pluck gets her a job as a writer for her hometown paper. She has a friend who wants to make it a requirement that all households who employ maids/gardners/drivers/etc, have to build a separate toilet so that the workers no longer have to hold their bladders until they go home. (Why on earth someone would want to spend an exorbitant amount of money instead of allowing these people to touch the toilets they, themselves, have cleaned, is beyond me. This line of reasoning is not shocking to anyone who has bothered to look outside their eleventh grade Social Studies text book, but please don't look for any kind of logic behind the reasoning. It isn't there.) The heroine, Skeeter (while we're on historical inaccuracies, just look at this bobble-head's name. No southern lady was nicknamed 'Skeeter' ever!), is disturbed by the fact that her friends would rather empty their wallets than just let the people who cook, clean and raise their children for them use their bathroom. She then convinces several maids to give her their opinions of the folks they work for so that she can shed light on their plight. The maids are reluctant at first, and rightly so. The American deep south was a hostile place for any person of color and they had more to lose than just their jobs. However, the women talk, the book gets published and everything works out in the end. Good ole Skeeter graciously went to bat for the downtrodden and they were forever grateful, genuflecting at every chance they got. Thank goodness she did, otherwise these workers would have never gotten themselves out of the misery in which they lived.

This movie has already been made. It's called “Mississippi Burning” and it came out over twenty years ago. For those of you who haven't seen it, the movie stars Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman as the FBI agents that the US government sent down south to investigate the deaths of some white college kids who had been killed during the attempt to get southern POCs registered to vote. It's based off a true story. The government stepped in about a century too late (and then only because some rich white kids got killed) and this movie came about ten years after it should have been made. The story focuses on the FBI agents and the actors of color have at best, supporting parts. Like “The Help”, the focus of the movie is not on the people whose lives are at stake, but on the white people reacting to the situation around them.

If they were going to make this movie, they should have taken the “Newsies” approach. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this movie, it focuses on the boys who were news agents in the early 1900s and who unionized themselves after putting up with enough degradation from Pulitzer and are able to bargain for more rights. Like “The Help”, this is also based on a true story and is full of historical inaccuracies, however the movie centers around the people who are actually experiencing these problems. The newspaper writer who informs the public about their plight is a supporting character. When the shit hits the fan, like Skeeter, he gets to go back to his affluent lifestyle, leaving the newsies to fend for themselves. The remainder of the movie shows the boys teaming up with other child laborers to give them more power in society and paving the road to making child labor laws a reality.

“Newsies” is important because it shows the reality that nothing was given to these children (the majority of which were orphaned or abandoned and thus deemed unimportant to society); they had to take it. They had to shed blood, be humiliated, and go hungry. This wasn't fully fleshed out in the film as it was made by Disney, but at least it had the right protagonist. The cornucopia of ethnicites, cultures and skin tones is underrepresented in the film, but this is not shocking.

On to the current movie. The main characters of this film should be Minnie and Aibileen. These are the two women of color whose lives are briefly detailed and who convince other women to talk to Skeeter (I'm still not over her name). The movie shows the long trek they make to work, the humiliation they have to suffer, the verbal abuse going on and the real threat of being jobless. Hilly, one of the white girls, holds the job over Minnie's head like the proverbial Sword of Damocles, always hinting that at any moment it could drop. In Mississippi, being fired from a maid job was akin to being blacklisted. No one else wanted to hire someone who, by society's standards, was already stupid and lazy, and since she was fired, that meant she was also uppity and lippy. Minnie would never work again and if she did, she could expect longer hours and about half the pay with no Worker's Rights Association to hear her complaints.

Minnie and Aibileen do not appear to be fleshed out characters and are the genderless caricatures that are often seen when any woman of color in a movie is over the age of thirty-five. Aibileen and Minnie get their inspiration to speak up not by reading or their own conclusions, but by listening to a man in church. Now, the Black Church has historically been the place where Civil Rights meetings have happened because it was the one place that POC could gather in large numbers without arousing suspicion, however, I'm sure that other factors went into making up their minds. It could have been wanting better for their daughters, it could have been the fact that enough was enough. It could have been anything, but since they were secondary characters, it was necessary to show them both having a personal experience at the same time. Again, I haven't seen the movie, so I apologize if I'm wrong. I'm confident, I'm not, however.

There is a line in the trailer, “No maid in Jackson is ever going to tell you the truth”, that's the only part of the movie I feel is dead on. There is the stereotype of the sassy, quick-talking maid who always tells her employers what's on her mind and how they should live their lives. No, they don't. They know what side their bread is buttered on and it isn't just their job they're clinging to, it's the food in their children's mouths and the clothes on their elderly parents' backs. It's keeping the Klan away from their door and the sheriff away from their husband. The law was not on their side and it still isn't. There is an invisible line between skin colors and cultures that cannot be crossed.

Now, the most disturbing part of this movie is not that Hollywood has made a mess of it, but the reaction of so many white people. The girl who told me the movie rocked her world does not consider herself racist and I know for a fact that she was a straight-A student in school, so she had to have at least heard about the Civil Rights movement...even if she thinks it didn't start until Rosa Parks wouldn't give up her seat. The problem was that she had no clue that POCs had to smile when they felt like crying. She still held preconceived notions about POCs. If a friend put hot sauce on their lunch at school it was because she felt they were genetically predisposed to enjoy it, not because Texas Pete can make any bland food taste better. If someone working on the group project was late, it wasn't that he couldn't find a babysitter, it was that he felt lateness was acceptable. When she had a close female friend of color, she treated that individual like an ambassador for her race, asking questions that she would never have considered asking her white friends. After reading “The Help”, she told me that she now questioned those friendships, because these friends apparently did not speak their minds. Why should they? She had already made up her mind about them.

A co-worker who grew up during this era still had no clue that racism wasn't just spraying college kids down with a high powered water hose and using German Shepherds to maul the holy hell out of tiny, unarmed young women. She didn't stop to think how degrading it was that maids in the South had to take care of and nurture children who would one day grow up and not see them as an authority figure in their lives, but as more of a treasured family pet. She claimed that her eyes were now opened.

And therein lies the problem. White people, please tell me it didn't take a book about some plucky white chick to open your eyes to racism. Racism isn't just lynching and the KKK. It's watching a young woman of color come into your store and not allowing her to try on clothes because you think she probably can't afford anything. It's looking at the young man on the bus with a back pack and thinking 'drug dealer!', not student. It's having your friend come up to you after class and telling you that the way the teacher spoke to her made her feel degraded because of the color of her skin, and you telling her that the teacher didn't mean it 'that way'.

Even though it is a research book, a better one to turn into a movie would have been “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” Given to the right writers and the right director, it would be a great movie to explain today's current brand of racism. The white friend won't understand why what the teacher said was upsetting, but the kids at the POC table in the cafeteria will. They may not like the same books and movies, but they understand each other on a deeper level. Like the Cosby Show spin-off tells us, it's a different world for someone who isn't white.

I would like all white people to admit that they are or have been racist. When a POC tells you that something you've said or done hurts them on a core level, do not get all defensive and say “I'm sorry if what I said hurt your feelings!” Throw that 'if' out. What you said has obviously hurt their feelings and that preposition is your way of trying to pass the blame onto them for reacting that way. It makes the apology moot and does nothing in trying to bridge the gap. At some point in time you have probably said something offensive to your POC friends. You did not mean for it to be bad, but that is your own ignorance. Try to erase your ignorance, and even if you can't pin point the exact date and time of each of your offenses, say to your POC friends and co-workers, “I've probably said something offensive to you at some point or ignored your feelings. I sincerely apologize.” You are never too old to change, nor is it too late for an apology.

Why does it take a book or a movie about a white woman to make us realize our mistakes?

Comments

  1. "Why does it take a book or a movie about a white woman to make us realize our mistakes?"

    Because in social situations PoC are "un-persons"(to borrow from Orwell). People find popular entertainment a more credible source of information, than the first hand experiences of someone who actually lived/living through the events in question.

    And a note on "Mississippi Burning": the FBI agents did not have a confrontation with the KKK. In REAL LIFE, the part of the story people love ignoring, they stood by and did nothing while people took beatings in front of them. And J Edgar Hoover sent just 11 agents to investigate, not hundreds. They finally found some of the culprits by bribing a snitch who ratted the others out.

    I hate historical films since most of them are lying and inaccurate and the truth is probably better/more interesting.

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  2. This was written so well. So many good points. Nowadays it’s almost impossible for white people to tell a story of a person of color without misappropriating the narrative. Its always about their awakening- their journey and how much they’ve grown from the experience. I can’t even watch a nature show or documentary about Africa without the narrative centering on the intimate lives of the white explorers. If you watch CNN, the narrative of Libya/Haiti seems more about the white reporters covering the story than the people who live and suffer under these oppressive regimes.

    It’s become all too easy to slap the Hero label on any white person who stands up for their convictions. The young white child who’s willing to go to school with purple hair is a hero. The white boy who refuses to cut his hair to comply with school policy is a hero. Any white person willing to stand up against authority is a hero. White people are so used to being the center of attention it’s only perfectly natural that you would have a white heroine in a black narrative. As someone in a forum once said; they're called “minorities” for a reason

    Student of the World said...
    I hate historical films since most of them are lying and inaccurate and the truth is probably better/more interesting.

    Let’s face it; period pieces don’t always make whites look good (considering this nation's past). So it’s best to rewrite the account by casting as many good white characters as you can to offset the Truth of History. Films like Glory couldn’t be made without a white hero. Alex Haley’s Roots couldn’t be made if all the white characters were cast in the negative. Danny Glover knows this all too well. Same problem I had with the Princess and the Frog. The first feature-length story in the Disney tradition about a Black Princess couldn’t be realized without inserting a blonde blue-eyed white woman in the narrative.

    If, The Help had really told the story from a black woman's view; centering solely on the intimate lives and feelings of black women. The white characters would only occupy ancillary roles; but it wouldn’t garner the attention it does now. I bet Beloved would have turned out a lot better if there had simply been a few more white heroes in the plot.

    Why does it take a book or a movie about a white woman to make us realize our mistakes?

    To many whites, most see themselves as being just one step away from Savior or Hero. And because The Help was written by a white woman, whites can digest the premise better. If they’re to be schooled on the travails of Segregation/Jim Crow then let it come from a white person. This way whites always come away smelling like roses. Seems to me whites will continue to churn out movies like this as long as the story makes them feel good; at the expense of Us.

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  3. I have another answer for the last question: it is because some whites will only learn about POC from other white people. It is because being white gives the privilege of being an authority on...anything.

    Like Student of the World said, people find popular entertainment a credible source of information, but today, anything created by mainstream media, controlled by mostly white males, is considered an excellent source of information. Whether it's a "Mighty Whitey" movie like "The Help" or the evening news, people take what the media broadcasts, prints, and viewed as the gospel. And if they make white people feel good, it's definitely worth the attention of whites according to whites.

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  4. Moi, you should find a way to create "Like" buttons for your blog. This post = LIKE. Go Red-Headed Sis!

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  5. I would like all white people to admit that they are or have been racist. ...Throw that 'if' out.

    *nods* My favorite lines.

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  6. Red headed sis, thank you for writing so candidly. Do you write elsewhere? Would love to read you more.

    @Ankhesen that line nails it, I agree. Throw the damn "if"out!

    "Why does it take a book or a movie about a white woman to make us realize our mistakes?"
    I haven't seen the help either, but I think what these type of movies touch on is the fact that it is white people that should be dealing with racism. POC need to be healing from the effects racism has had. I mean, maybe I'm nuts but I feel like it should be white blogs and mags and songs and art etc that should be exploring how on fucking earth could our ancestors mess up like this, and what does this mean for me who (perhaps) no longer wants to perpetuate that madness. HOw
    can I change to eliminate racism??

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  7. @ Ms Afropolitan

    I've encouraged the Red-Headed Sis to start her own blog, but as of now, she doesn't write anywhere else.

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  8. Go Red Head Sis, you need to start your blog like yesterday.

    Did not know about Danny Glover and his film but I would love to see it. It does not surprise me though, in stories are about race and the past if white people are not at the forefront being knights in fairy dust sparkly armour then the film is never seeing the light of day. Especially if a POC are the ones behind the scenes.

    You probably have better luck finding a dark skinned Black girl in a Lil Wayane music video (haha lol yeah...)


    Say if there was a film about David Fagan,there would probably be a whole bunch of white saviours. they'll probably try make it seem like a White and Black Americans went to join the Filipino army try make some type of Last Samurai type shit.

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  9. Can I adopt Red-Headed Sis? I'm willing to do joint custody?

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  10. I enjoyed this Red-headed Sis.

    Has anyone watched Goodbye Uncle Tom? It is a film about slavery that was made by two Two Italian men. I would like to hear Ankhesen, Red-headed Sis, and other blog readers take on it. You can watch it on google video.

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  11. Ama said...
    Has anyone watched Goodbye Uncle Tom? It is a film about slavery that was made by two Two Italian men.

    As one writer puts it: “The movie is an extreme shockumentary about slavery in the 1800s, shot with a feverishly perverse eye.”

    If it was the intent of the filmmaker to show the inhumanness by which slave owners handled human cargo, then mission accomplished. But I couldn’t get through the first few minutes without wanting to either puke or weep. The callous exploitation and enslavement of Africans represents a dark chapter in this nation’s narrative; but to exploit (in the very same manner) unwitting Haitians just to turn a buck seems just as egregious. Watching one of the men snatch a baby away from her mother and then handle her between her legs was simply too much.

    Roots played it safe by letting many white characters off the hook to appease a white audience; but Goodbye Uncle Tom swings so far to the right to show realistic depictions of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade it’s almost criminal. It’s a hard, hard film to watch. And there’s the rub. Roots couldn’t go far enough in depicting the true horrors of slavery, but no other film about subjugation smacks you in the face like this one. It will either leave you fuming at whites (And I mean all whites), or weeping uncontrollably.

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  12. I've seen Goodbye Uncle Tom. I don't know exactly how to feel about it. It was pretty explicit in its content and made me rather uncomfortable. It's obviously the slavery movie the US crowd wasn't quite capable of making. I thought the segment on Nat Turner was interesting. It really drove the point of slaves as non-human, animals for breeding purposes and rapeable. It implied situations of child rape of both boys and girls which I'm certain is accurate.

    There's a lot of nasty parts of slavery this society just never seems to handle even on an intellectual level. Like rape between slaves. Rape by forcing consenting individuals, whether child or adult, to copulate. Forced incest, since if you can't keep families together there's no telling if who you're mating with is your father, son, daughter, mother, uncle, etc.

    Jack Forbes, who before his death penned a blog (http://nas.ucdavis.edu/jack-d-forbes/) and wrote many books as an academic on subjects such as people of native and black descent, discussed the changing of interracial definition. One constant you see since the beginning of slavery is defining of slaves by gender and race. Essentially, if you are a slave woman you cannot give birth to free children, unless you ran away or used some kind of legal precedent to gain freedom (e.g. http://www.academicamerican.com/revolution/documents/BlacksPet.htm). But US slavery system is unique b/c women were brought over to produce more slaves. Normally men are slaves, not men and women. I guess that's unusual in the history of global slavery.

    There were several cases of black and native women being redefined as slaves b/c they had black blood. So you could often find yourself in a dangerous situation if you happened to be in the wrong territory and you were a woman of black descent. Opportunities for black men were a little better. For instance, if you were a black man of free status and you married native women of a certain nation you could give birth to free children. This same privilege was not extended to black/slave women.

    It was all for economic reasons. They needed the slave women to make more slaves.

    Some notable black men of the past are actually black and native, like Crispus Attucks.

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  13. This was really enjoyable! All the points made in this post needed to be gold plated and hung up somewhere. The interesting thing about this book/film is that from what I've seen woc either like it, or hate it. There's no middle ground it seems. My mother was on the like side until she engaged with a white co-worker about it. She tried to go in depth with her co worker about the reality these maids faced. She used my grandmothers experience as a maid to bring home all her points. Her white co-workers response was" it was a really horrible time back then, good thing white people aren't like that now. Oh and that one dish described in the book by that one black lady made me so hungry. It sounded delicious." That's right, after a whole discussion on the mistreatment of these black maids, my moms co worker was more interested in something the one poor maid had to cook while being treated poorly. My conversation with my mother about this made me realize that white people aren't reading/watching this to have empathy for poc, they enjoy it because it makes them feel good to see" how far they've come" from their white ancestors while never having to face the realities of our many racial issues still in existence today and the racist view points many of them still possess.

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  14. Idiclove said...
    My conversation with my mother about this made me realize that white people aren't reading/watching this to have empathy for poc, they enjoy it because it makes them feel good to see" how far they've come" from their white ancestors while never having to face the realities of our many racial issues still in existence today and the racist viewpoints many of them still possess.

    I'm sure White critics will hail this film as, “The Feel Good Movie of the Year!” Damn what everyone else thinks- especially non-whites. You have to have Empathy to truly care how someone else feels. Whites are sadly lacking in this virtue. Almost a decade earlier during the, Montgomery Bus Boycott; prominent white housewives began picking The Help up in their cars as they walked on the roads. Thus aiding and abetting the black cause, but for all the wrong reasons. The Mayor even issued an edict saying if the white women stopped picking up their black maids this bus boycott would be over. White females responded by saying if the white mayor would come and clean their house, tend to their children, and wash the laundry than yes they would stop.

    The Bus Boycott served as a wakeup call to whites during those tumultuous times. But Jim Crow lived on. There are so many reasons why The Help fails- or why it seems whites laude the flick so. It’s almost as if whites are saying, “Look, we’re on top and we’re going stay on top. But we need you to put aside what we’ve done to you in the process to get on top. We were a mess back then yes; but, "white people aren't like that now." Live and let live right?”

    As one writer puts it:
    “That most Hollywood-created features have failed to reach this standard is no surprise. The film industry was as much a pillar of institutional racism as any business in this country. To indict American racism is, by definition, to attack the machine that created decades of stereotypes.”

    Again he pens:
    "The fail-safe response for Hollywood has been to depict racial prejudice in cartoon caricature, a technique that has made the Southern redneck a cinematic bad guy on par with Nazis, Arab terrorists and zombies. By denying the casual, commonplace quality of racial prejudice, and peering into the saddest values of the greatest generation, Hollywood perpetuates an ahistorical vision of how democracy and white supremacy comfortably co-existed. To protect viewers, sometimes at profound damage to the historical record, white heroes are featured and sometimes concocted for these movies, giving blacks a supporting role in their own struggle for liberation.

    The Pop Mainstream is a progeny of American racism. The whites who feel good after coming away from such tripe are just as complicit. So never be surprised when movies like this catch the approval of whites- much to the chagrin of non-whites. Whites are simply being true to their nature.

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  15. Her white co-workers response was" it was a really horrible time back then, good thing white people aren't like that now. Oh and that one dish described in the book by that one black lady made me so hungry. It sounded delicious."

    *retches*

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  16. Thank you. This is the same thing I have talked about over and over again. There are so many people who act ignorant to the fact that injustice was done to black people. Black people were (and in many cases still are) treated as less than human and less than a family pet.

    I find it hard to believe that these people were oblivious to the mistreatment of our people. They just don't f*cking care, point blank. It should not take a 2 hr movie to teach you what I have been learning and continue to learn for over 20 years! A movie cannot and will never be able to do that! Read a history book. Learn American History because Black History IS American History. Don't skip over parts that upset or offend you, take it all in!

    And what gets to me is that a lot of white people will try to down play the struggle that our families have gone through to get to this point. I was watching a show on PBS the other day in which a education board was trying to change history by saying "Because the MAJORITY voted for the Rights of Women and the Rights and Equality of Blacks, they were to ones who let us have our God given rights" (not a direct quote but something like that). This just shows that the White Man wants all the credit and glory, even if they did nothing to fight for the cause.
    *Had to get that off my chest*

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  17. I too think that Red-Headed Sis should make a blog. I'd love to read more of her stories.

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  18. Red headed Sis should blog...she may be able to develop a forum of like minded, truely heroic white folks, who have the courage to face their ignorance about POC. Or to face their selective ignorance.

    Get true white folks to discuss truth, rather than the false stuff they are so trained to perceive concerning POC.

    I know damned well that white folks are not that blind and dumb---it's just a mechanism this selective ignorance. It's more work than just dealing with the truth, and RED HEADED SIS can do soooo much for bloggerland. TEACH, RHS!!

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  19. I think that a lot of white people think that Africans were done a huge favor by being plucked from the "vicious jungle" and brought over here.

    They will never full accept or attempt to learn the horrors that those slaves endured, and the way that things are depicted in movies and in other historical settings does not help.

    I lived in the metro Detroit area for many years, and there is a place called the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Greenfield Village is kind of an "outdoors" museum, and it has either the actual buildings or recreated versions of things like the Wright Brother's workshop, the original Heinz Factor, an old Sears store, and yes, wait for it, slave cabins.

    So they have a black girl dressed up in a costume inside the "slave cabin" only she is wearing nice clean period clothes and looks quite nice. Oh, and the slave cabin is decorated to look like an ad from Pottery Barn. So when I went there with my young cousin, we had to hear a white lady walk in and say "Well now this isn't so bad." Seriously. I wanted to punch her and throw up. I rolled my eyes at the girl "keeping" the cabin and I asked her how she dealt with it. She was like "yeah, I know." Bleh.

    So these idiot white people are walking into this cabin made up to look like a vacation cottage and wondering what all of our bitching was about. Never mind the fact that the real thing would have had no creature comforts and would have been packed to the gills with people, not set up like a love shack for two.

    They are so willfully ignorant and love to act like we are the ones making race an "issue."

    I wish there were more people like Red-headed sis around.

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  20. @ Nicthommi

    I think you may have touched upon something very important.

    Maybe the white artistic world needs to just leave crucial historical and social issues such as these alone. When you go to see a movie, you go to feel good, to be entertained, not told the truth. So from the moment a white person decides to make a film about slavery or Jim Crow, the movie's compromised.

    Make it academic. Make African and Indigenous American history mandatory at every level of education. Start in elementary school and don't spare the gory details. Make sure kids know from the get-go that Africa was a continent full of flourishing kingdoms and empires until the white ones' ancestors showed up and ruined it all. Let these kids understand from childhood that this is not their country, and that they should not feel entitled to a goddamn thing.

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  21. I haven't been to any Holocaust museums but aren't they straight-forward with their depictions? It just came to mind when you mentioned "academic" depictions rather than ones to make people feel good and have a good time.

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  22. Oh, yes. They get to the point. And in Holocaust films and novels, notice how the authors don't sugarcoat the abuse and genocide of the Jews. They can't wait to tell how you how horribly the Jews were treated.

    But when mistreatment towards Africans and Native Americans is the subject - or any obvious people of color, really - non-POC authors do their damnedest to dilute the ever living hell out of those stories.

    Recommended

    What It Means to be Indigenous II - The Massacres, by Hateya

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  23. @Nicthommi

    OMG yes I have seen countless of comments from white people "Oh well, if it wasn't for slavery then Black people would be starving in the jungle so they should thank us."

    Bitch are you shitting me, your head must not be correct at all. They actually think they are heroes knights in shining white skin.

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  24. But when mistreatment towards Africans and Native Americans is the subject - or any obvious people of color, really - non-POC authors do their damnedest to dilute the ever living hell out of those stories.

    Or try to ban outright, straight-forward, accurate and truthful depictions of slavery, colonization and NA genocide as in Arizona and Texas.

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    @ "Shaun"

    Thanks for the pity. You will find that we here tend to pity people who can't read.

    This blog post is about the dilution of the American Civil Rights Movement. You mentioned that you're not American so I'm guessing that's partially the reason why you didn't understand at all where the writer's coming from.

    Also, you seem to have a drone's definition of racism, but here's a hint: if you prefer the obscuring and deletion of historical facts in order to perpetuate white comfort is okay...guess what that makes you?

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    @ "Shaun"

    Yeah...2/3 of this post is about a book and movie which dilute and warp the history of Civil Rights Movement - an issue which your stubborn racist ass is avoiding like the plague.

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