Before it is over I might as well call this ‘Selma’ the Movie series because people’s reactions to it provide much material to write on that highlights issues within the Black collective. Black people has become too emotional—too passionate about things. It seems that MANY forgot how to think through things or look into or research an issue before making a decision. Let’s take some folk’s reaction to Selma.
I saw someone say that the film was beautiful and that they wanted to cry and that they recommend it to others. Now nowhere in their comments did they address whether it was historically accurate, did it portray anyone out of character or whether the film had some agendas being forwarded by the creators of this. This is very problematic, for the movies is not just simple entertainment as people make them out to be. Movies are a form of propaganda. Propaganda being information disseminated to the public in an indirect fashion to publicize and inculcate a particular point of view. My fellow author Elgin Bailey here at B-1 Perspective made a Facebook post this morning that framed the issue perfectly. He wrote:
“Black folk, it vexes me that since many of us don’t know our history, others can produce historically inaccurate portrayals of our History, and it becomes historically accurate. Many who have watched Selma, it will be their first encounter with what took place in Selma. My hope is that you research what ACTUALLY took place in Selma . . . Or you can keep swallowing all of the lies and propaganda that is being fed to you. Your choice.”
Yes and these emotional women and these emasculated and feminized black men eat the propaganda up with a spoon. Since the invention of the internet and Google there are far too many means in which one can look into historical events such as the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. Or the activities and relationship Malcolm X had to the event. Black people really need to stop giving into their feelings and use their minds when it comes to what the White society allows to flow through Hollywood as our history. They will always do it in a manner that is inaccurate or spins their role in history in some fashion where they are not as bad as it seemed. We are brilliant people, the first people and we are nowhere near what we could possibly become when all we do is let our passions drives us like we are Miss Daisy. We need to let our informed and awakened mind lead us to freedom.