After the grand jury verdict in Ferguson, MO, many have participated in #BlackOutFriday, an economic protest to show that black dollars, which make up about $1 trillion of the country’s revenue, isn’t worth more than black lives.
I didn’t grow up as a Star Wars fan, and the prequels certainly didn’t endear me to the franchise as a whole. But thanks to my brother, I do see the charm in the original Star Wars movies. But I still couldn’t call myself a fan.
HOWEVER, this was all in the time before the Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. What. A. Trailer!
Whenever I wonder, “What am I writing all this stuff for?” (since we all have moments of doubt), it’s news articles like the one from The Wrap that reminds me that I am doing my civic duty on my little corner of the internet by exposing the inherent racial (or blatant racial) bias in America.
When it comes to films, there are only a few that I hold on their own pedestal. Jurassic Park is one of those films. Having watched the film tons of times and read the book, I can tell you that I’m a huge fan of this story outlining the hubris of mankind and how it can ultimately fail those who fall sway to its siren song.
Pan isn’t what you’d expect from the average Peter Pan movie adaptation. This film is a bold new interpretation of the classic J.M. Barrie tale.
This recap is was written a day after the initial airing of “Magnum Opus,” because of the verdict coming out of Ferguson, MO. Needless to say, my mind (and the minds of many others) wasn’t focused on what Abbie and Ichabod was fighting that day.
Now that the verdict has been given in the grand jury case of whether to indict Darren Wilson–who killed Michael Brown this past August–the media has been given the “data dump” which was put forth to the grand jury members. With reams of information, some of it probably or probably not related to the case, it’s no wonder why there was a vote of “no indictment.” There’s literally too much there for the average person to digest.
If you know me, then you know I rarely ever drop tons of curse words. But last night was a night of utter bullshit.
Earlier this year, I’d written a big piece some of the history behind America’s fear of black men and its relevance to the Michael Brown case. Now that the verdict that most people knew was coming (no indictment) has come about, I thought it pertinent to repost this article, since it gives clarity as to why America still views black men as inherent criminals.
This research is by no means complete. And I just have to state as a blanket rule on this particular piece that if you have hate in your heart towards black people for no reason other than the fact that you’re a racist, please don’t leave a comment.
EDIT: I’ve got to point out that some of Darren Wilson’s testimony has come out, and he calls Michael Brown a “demon,” “it” and compares him to “Hulk Hogan” (which, to me, is weirdly ironic, considering Hulk being white but still used to illustrate stereotyped black “superhuman” qualities):
Wilson literally describes Michael Brown as some kind of Negro Sebastian Shaw, who gets stronger with every bullet. pic.twitter.com/dj9dgt8LP3
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) November 25, 2014
According to Darren Wilson, he felt like a 5-year-old child and Mike Brown was like “Hulk Hogan.” pic.twitter.com/cv9b5kWZL8
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 25, 2014
— Matt Sullivan (@sullduggery) November 25, 2014
I put these tweets here because in reprinted post below, I write that I don’t know what was going on in Darren Wilson’s head. The original post was written this summer, so of course, we didn’t have this version of events. Now that we know that Wilson was thinking all of this, it gives us a very good picture of what he was thinking of Brown. The statements align well with prejudicial stereotypes many have of black men, as outlined in the post below.
Another Interview Rewind! I mentioned in my IR post about Craig Bartlett that I’d also interviewed Hey Arnold! composer Jim Lang. I thought it’d be cool to republish both this and the Bartlett interviews to celebrate the release of Hey Arnold!: The Complete Series on DVD from Shout! Factory.