Black People : Selma: Black History According to Oprah

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  1. RAPTOR

    RAPTOR Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford
    Most Black folks are just grateful that there is finally a big box office movie about Dr.
    Martin Luther King Jr. But, of course, Selma is historical fiction, carefully crafted to make
    some people and ideas look good and wise, and others to appear petty, narrow or stupid.
    Who decides? The money-people, the producers, like Oprah Winfrey.

    “Oprah insults Black SNCC civil rights heroes, but she protects the white, rich Kennedys.”

    Like all historical dramatic films, Selma is a political work, reflecting the political views of
    the producers. Oprah Winfrey is one of those producers, in addition to playing one of the
    characters in this version of the Selma story. Her handwriting – that is, her conservative
    Black political worldview – is all over the film, which demands and deserves a political
    response.

    For the purposes of this brief radio commentary, I’m only going to register three complaints.

    Number One: the film is a crude insult to SNCC, the Student Non-Violent
    Coordinating Committee
    workers who, along with a small minority of Black
    preachers like Dr. Martin Luther King, comprised the infrastructure of the civil
    rights movement in the Deep South.

    Read more/listen: http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14624
     
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    Also, placed within the context of who else aided the fall of white apartheid in South Africa, seems and sounds we of my generation had more of a real relationship to their struggles, and what is emerging nowadays aka the 'black lives' movement reflects our examples as well...

    Good luck, new young activists, etc.

    (BIG smile)...

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    After all else has been claimed or implied, also after two decades hyping herself as a diva on the TV screen, what is truly being revealed is the 'O' lady is out of her league, as a would be movie producer etc., and/or us again wasting our energy etc., arguing and bickering over what is probably yet another third rate rehashing of past events, rather than us taking the time etc. to read books on the subject, by some of those who were actually part of the Civil Rights Movement and whodo have their right to speak up and out about their movements merits, etc.

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    Above and beyond the low points, (as in his self promoting hype ad naseum), at least the good points have to do with actually revealing our own peoples class/social/political divisions, which some rose above/beyond/etc., others continued to reflect, as I contrast MLK being embraced by the young so called black militants of my era, whereas those black south African rebels might have clashed with even Mandela and/or the ANC...

    To me: I can guess Steve Biko was to them what Malcolm X came to be to us too...

    (Smile)...

    Amandla...

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    I doubt if you two know anything about that period of history.





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    i lived through it but what do i know?
     
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    do you trust oprah to tell you your story? really?
     
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    You weren't who I was referring to





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    That's a good question jamesfrmphlly.
    I doubt the 'doubter(s)' will respond
    to your query.
     
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