Girl In Translation
Black No MoreIf Living Color was a book written in 1933, it would be almost this comical.
- By PavarottiShakur
- 7 April, 2013
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Did I tell you I’m a huge Spike Lee fan? You don’t understand. I even defend Spike Lee joints that I know are bad.
In a low stakes dinner time debate, I proved Girl 6 was a subtle ode to Pretty Woman before my miso soup arrived.
Spike is arguably the greatest director of his time.
Even still he has an unparalleled ability to create a movie that is bad but somehow manages to be provocative and stand the tests of time.
To the court of public opinion, I submit Exhibit A – Do The Right Thing. None of us know exactly what the hell Do The Right Thing is about.
It’s not a story of triumph, love, or struggle. Hell it’s not even a story. Our lead character does not encounter a traumatic event that catapults him into a quest for answers and in the process discovers an inner power to outwit obstacle and enemy.
That same year Driving Miss Daisy presented race relations through a lens of funny yet meretricious servitude. While Do The Right Thing presented race relations through the lens of a bitter race war. Miss Daisy drove home with all the big Oscars and Spike didn’t even get a nomination.
So why do I love Do The Right Thing? Because even though Driving Miss Daisy is a better story Do The Right Thing is a better truth. 1 year after these movies made their debut, a riot broke out for Latasha Harlings. 2 years later martial law was declared in Los Angeles to stop riots sparked by police brutality, soaring unemployment, and greed.
I sense a similar tension in the country today that will force our backs against the wall and ask each of us will you do the right thing?
I can’t recall a time in my life where there has been so many internal conflicts in the mainstream media. Maybe I’m paranoid. Or maybe I’m the ghost of Nostradamus and this is the season finale of my wildly popular reality TV show aptly titled “Future Sex / Pope Sounds”.
The news got me thinking about the right to bear arms. As a tea drinker, I believe guns are bad.
Then I thought about all the reasons why myself and others may need to defend ourselves.
Here are 5 issues that could turn into a proverbial powder keg unless cooler heads prevail.
1) The shooting death of Trayvon Martin. One side says it was a man standing up with the courage to defend his neighborhood. Others say a boy was killed simply for wearing a hoodie while being black. Police let shooter, George Zimmerman, go free without trial. One year later Kimani Gray is shot multiple times in the back by two New York City police officers. Officers approached Gray without probable cause because controversial Stop and Frisk procedures encourage them to. Gray is killed and a gun is found on his body. Mayor Bloomberg refuses to speak w/the outraged citizens but chooses to let police in riot gear handle the issue.
2) Gay Marriage. One side says its a human right to legally marry the person you love regardless of sex. The other says God will reign a terrible judgment on America; that this is a sign that the old and good America is being stripped away by evil forces. To some this is an attack on every Christian, Muslim, and ultra masculine home in America. Now Christ did not preach violence. But this wouldn’t be the first time his travelers veered off course.
3) Gun sales soar amid fears gun rights will be taken away. Anti-gun advocates say they’re responsible for violence. To which pro-gunner’s quote Thomas Jefferson saying, “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Some wouldn’t be so quick to revolt if they knew Thomas Jefferson also said, “blacks naturally have a very strong and disagreeable odour and…require less sleep. They are more ardent after their female, but love seems with them to be more an eager desire, than a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation.” Yeah as if Thomas Jefferson was giving slave couples romantic weekend getaway passes to the Poconose all while secretly observing them through a hidden camera box. Yes this has nothing to do w/guns. I just don’t like Jefferson.
4) A student union in the state of Maryland is formed to advocate for the interest of Whites in America. Against the backdrop of confederate flags they announce that they will setup patrols that protect students from the onslaught of blacks that seek to prey on innocent whites. Unless Marylanders stand up this is highly likely to lead to conflict.
5) Immigration. Ann Coulter, right wing media darling, has gone to great lengths to demonize Hispanics as takers and baby makers. At CPAC she even said, paraphrasing of course, “the least conservatives can do for blacks is preserve the jobs that Hispanics are stealing from them.” Wow what an honor. Isn’t it great to be invited to the high school keg party just because the prom queen wants you to beat up the hot new transfer student.
So what do you think? Paranoid? What issues scare you?.