>OPINION PIECE WARNING< There are no article links - this is just what I think.
I can feel it in my bones. White folk of influence just aren’t that big. They say they are - they proclaim how broad-minded they are, their children are and the people they associate with are, but there’s an unspoken rule that you don’t let things go that far.
"Gentleman's Agreement" (1947) Describes what I’m speaking of perfectly.
Directed by Elia Kazan. With Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield.
This film is about a journalist who passes himself off as a Jew to write an article about Semitism in America. He discovers just how this affects him, and the other people in his life. Demonstrates how racism affects a person, especially the subtle forms which may go unnoticed by many in today's world. It also shows how otherwise good people can and do contribute to racism in small, everyday, ways.
Great film - great message. And I think this is how this election will come down. Somehow - some way, Obama’s going to be denied a fair shot because we’re just not that big as a people yet. Another 50 years, maybe, but not now. We talk a good game - but talk is very inexpensive.