I'm Not An Angry Person, But...I realise I have a 'filter' through which I view the world, ba
Someone was raving about Gone With The Wind as an epic love story. I can't get past Scarlett's treatment of Prissy or Mammy, or the fact that she was a slaveowner. Sorry. I can't relate to Scarlett, OR Rhett, for that matter. I realise Hattie McDaniel won the first Oscar by a black person for this movie and I'm glad. But I'm also aware she couldn't sit with her white co-stars while waiting to accept it; she sat at a segregated table near the kitchen.
Song of The South; someone was complaining that the movie wasn't available in the U.S. because of "political correctness". Walt Disney was a notorious racist, and this movie basically showed an old man who had worked all of his life on a plantation and had nothing to show for it but the stories that he told the children of the plantation owners (and the adults treated him like crap). My father took me to see it when I was a child and had to explain about slavery---and why we were seeing the movie in a segregated theater.
Driving Miss Daisy: I'm constantly being told what a wonderful movie this was. I admire Morgan Freeman, and I liked Jessica Tandy. But do I really want to see a film about a 1950's black man in a menial job, in modern times ?
The Founding Fathers: if they owned people who looked like me, I'm not going to consider them heroic. Period. What is not to understand ? I don't care if times were different. They wouldn't have wanted to be slaves themselves, would they ? Fought a war to prevent it in fact.
More and more, I understand it's not that people who complain about black people "STILL" talking about slavery want to forget about it---they just want us to view the antebellum South with the same nostalgia THEY do, hence the "heritage not hatred" motto on Confederate flags. And that's just not reasonable.
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