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.
THANK YOU SAM JACKSON
I’m about to tweet and ask Samuel Jackson why he decided to play an Uncle Tom in Django…
I get where he’s coming from, but at the same time there are people who don’t want to acknowledge the past either. They especially don’t want to acknowledge it through the eyes of people who are marginalised. Plenty of moviegoers were resistant to “12 Years” because it lacked white saviours and it lacked that “we freed the slaves, it’s all good” feel good narrative to lessen people’s white guilt. I feel like we’re forgetting that there were plenty of Foreign Press voters and many Academy voters who blatantly refused to watch the film. I don’t think “12 Years” was more palatable to these people at all; I think it was a matter of the film having a star-studded cast, a well-known director and a lot of hype (not to say that the hype wasn’t well-deserved).
Solomon Northup was already free, and he ended up in bondage again because of “benevolent” white people who he trusted. That message to me is just as poignant and relevant as the ones in “Fruitvale Station.” That message is still relevant today. You also can’t get to the conclusion that “we’re still killing black men” (
and btw there’s a whole ‘nother conversation to be had here because I notice how in these discussion black women are never acknowledged) without acceptance of the past and acknowledgement of how the past and present are interconnected.
If anything, Fruitvale should have been nominated along with “12 Years,” in place of “American Hustle.”
Maybe I am not getting the proper context about it, but….Fruitvale station isn’t about Trayvon Martin. It’s about Oscar Grant….
What if I say something stupid?
What if HE says something stupid?!
What if the room is completely full of dr who fans and I black out anD MURDER EVERYONE OH GOD?!?