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.
This month, the box set of Hey Arnold! : The Complete Series came out thanks to Shout! Factory and it is literally the best thing you could buy. Of course, it’s great if you grew up with the show and you want a nostalgic look back at your childhood. But it’s also a great buy if you love poignant storytelling and fun animation.
I’m extending my reach in an effort to make COLOR more accessible to those on the interwebs!
For better or worse, I am a huge fan of Disney’s original 1950s animated classic, Cinderella. It’s a masterpiece of simple, effective animation, natural humor, and a lack of time-specific fashion (this story is set sometime in the 1800s, I assume, yet Cinderella and other characters have silhouettes and hairstyles specific to the ’50s).
Say it ain’t so! The Queen Latifah Show has been cancelled by CBS! Apparently, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the show wasn’t the ratings tycoon CBS expected it would be. But even still, I thought it was doing well. I mean, they had former President Bill Clinton on, for goodness’ sakes! Whenever I watched, the show seemed lively, the audience receptive, and Queen Latifah her ever-likable self.
Well, well, well…THAT’S the way to end a winter finale!
Don Lemon strikes again.
In the post about Moana, I write that hearing the film will be computer animated is a bit of a bummer since I can already see the 2D animated film in my head. I just like 2D animation better. The only way I can watch 3D animation is if its used in a non-boring fashion or has a unique look to it, like The Book of Life (wooden puppets), Toy Story (using the technology to enhance toys’ already fragile and fabric-plastic existence), or the upcoming film, Peanuts.