Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Read the Comments
There are many times when I read an article online and then after looking through the comments, I send out a tweet sharing the URL and a simple message like "check out the comments on this one!"
I can't tell you how many times I have seen "comments" take an entirely different track than whatever the main article was all about!
On aljazeera.com, an article written by Dr. Manuel Barcia, the Deputy Director at the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Leeds explores American Race and slavery. Dr. Barcia examines 'Lincoln' and 'Django Unchained' - he points out that because of Hollywood's reach and potential impact, films on race are "bound to inform (or misinform) the world".
I commented: after I posted my response I began reading comments left by others... some silly, some bitter, some obviously looking for a fight of some sort. I guess we are a long way from conquering hate and prejudice. Here's a link to Dr. Barcia's article. My comment below:
Excellent piece, Dr. Barcia! We may not see it come to pass in our own lifetimes, but I believe there will be a time when history will be a little less painful for everyone. As humanity continues to blend in the modern shrinking world, people may come to scratch their heads when it comes to racism, slavery, and backward thinking. Today these movies are sharp barbs of uncomfortable facts. 200 years in the future they are likely to be regarded the same way we recall the Christians vs. the Lions. A second of horror, a touch of empathy, and then we let the past go.
PS - Hollywood has a lot of power and influence. While some may view these movies as "salt in the wounds" trying to stall the natural healing process, I see them as a way of purging to the point where we get tired of purging itself. Only then we can move on.