Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.
[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that." -
Samuel L. Jackson (via artyartyhadaparty)
I think in light of 12 Years a Slave winning the Oscar for Best Picture, this needs to be remembered. Because it is a very important point in terms of the palatability of 12 Years a Slave and why Fruitvale Station didn’t even get nominated when it has such acclaim outside of the Oscar world.
I think we do need to pay attention to the things that are happening before us, but we shouldn’t forget the things that have happened to us in the past. Just like society is trying to cover up the racial issues of today, they are trying to cover up racial issues of tomorrow, asking us to forget, but things like slavery and the holocaust are things that must be remembered. They are moments in history that teach us about the dangers of ignorance and the level of cruelty that is capable in humans if we let ignorance and hatred fester in ourselves.
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not even risking that shit
i swearta god i fuckin hate this post
i was just watching this movie yesterday