THE BUTLER

White Privilege Introduced Me To ‘The Butler’

Something happened as I sat down to watch The Butler last night. I arrived early to the private screening. The majority of the 200 attendees were white, older, some recognizable from television. I chatted with the woman next to me – her vibe, warm and friendly. She liked my J’s (I was wearing my favorite 1’s). I liked her scarf, colorful against her pale skin. We both remarked how there weren’t enough seats for everyone.

I’d been invited as media, asked to write about the film. She had received her invitation from the Academy of Arts & Sciences, of which she is a member. She’d brought her pre-teen daughter for some Saturday night bonding. We both settled into our respective agendas as the lights dimmed.

Within the first three minutes we were shown an unrecognizable Mariah Carey and David Banner in heart-breaking circumstance and two young Black men embracing at the end of a pair of nooses. I pulled my phone (with the screen dimmed) from the pocket of my hoodie at the exact moment Larry King reached for his. We both appeared to make note of the same quote when I heard two sharp finger snaps.

“HEY GIRL, YOU PUT THAT AWAY!”

I turned to the older white woman in the row behind me, leaning over two strangers to get closer to me as she yelled, “You put that away RIGHT NOW!” She snapped her fingers again and mumbled something under her breath about ‘these people.’

“I’m working,” was all I said and turned back to the screen just in time to see David Banner – kneeling between rows of cotton – warn his young son that the world they live in belonged to whites and their mere survival hinged on his ability to not make waves.

The Butler is an unapologetic look at the Black experience, through the eyes of a man whose survivalist subjection allowed him to be a fly on the governing walls of four US Presidents.

While I went into the theater expecting a film on race, I left having seen a film about Blackness. Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

The Butler is filled with cultural inside jokes that the 25 or so African-American attendees (mostly press), got instantly. The characters, rounder than we’re used to seeing, darker skinned, many far from the silver screen standard of beauty could’ve easily been our grand parents, aunts and uncles. Terrence Howard was everyone’s shiftless neighbor and despite missing his front tooth, charmed Oprah into an affair. Even Lenny Kravitz – who in real life manages to look sexy walking down the street in last Tuesday’s clothes and a man purse – was down played to just another handsome Black man who married a big sassy Black woman in an obvious wig.

But as I sat there, a row in front of an offensive White woman, drunk from her own entitlement, watching painful truths about the history of my people in this country, I couldn’t help but wonder: What does ‘Black’ mean now? 2013 – long after we’ve twice elected a black president but failed to convict the killer of a black teenager – what is the ethos of this culture of mine?

I grew up Black – not just as a race but a verb. Weddings in church basements, in households where Martin Luther and Luther Vandross were equally revered. We attended home goings that lasted from day into night. My aunt, the crackhead, would do anything for you – just don’t leave your purse around her. Summers meant family reunions in matching shirts that always alternated between yellow, purple and red. And our grand parents raised me, along with a number of my cousins. And every time we’d hear of a particularly heinous (or stupid) crime we’d collectively wish aloud, “I hope he’s not Black.”

What does that matter now? Questlove can write a deeply vulnerable essay about his struggles through life as the big Black boogieman and a feminist will reply evoking the unspoken 28th amendment, ‘don’t scare the long-suffering white women’.  Harry Belefonte – historically one of our greatest cause leaders can publicly cannibalize two of our brightest stars, prompting one to respond with a near repulsive arrogance. And then there’s Don Lemon who was foolish enough to ride in on Bill O’Reilly’s bigoted coattails to deliver his remedy for Black salvation. But while his timing was regrettable and his O’Reilly association is reckless, were his five elementary rules completely wrong? Somewhere, a skinny Al Sharpton is still marching.

Meanwhile George Zimmerman is riding through America in a Honda with a gun, helping victims trapped in cars and racking up speeding tickets.

It’s a confusing time for Black messaging.

At one point during the film I pretended not to listen as the friendly White woman next to me quietly explained to her teenage old daughter who Jesse Jackson was. From the corner of my eye I could see her squirm at the on screen dramatized acts of hatred and ignorance then go silent, as the each scene was bookended with actual footage – as if to say “we’re not making this stuff up.”

Does being Black matter to anyone but me?  Is white privilege the now oppression? Should we act better to be treated better or should we act out until we’re equal? Black chicken meet White egg.

Oprah is a light in such a dark and heavy film. Beginning with Miss Sofia, into The Women of Brewster Placeon through Beloved, Winfrey seems to gravitate towards burdened characters and Gloria Gaines – an alcoholic housewife is no different. But it’s her free moments – her comedic asides, her lackluster dancing, her drunken rambling – that remind you that despite all of her reverence Oprah really is a Black woman from Mississippi.

Winfrey recently said she has absolutely zero tolerance for the word ‘nigger.’ Not surprisingly, the film touches on this as well. After describing himself as a ‘house nigger’ a young Cecil Gaines is told not to use the word invented by Whites to demean Blacks.  This comes when I find myself wrestling with my use of the word ‘nigga.’ It’s been so ingrained within me to be powerless, until it’s heard coming from the lips of someone who does not see me as their equal. My justification has been, ‘we’ve earned it.’ We survived a systematic conspiracy against us. Why shouldn’t we have the right to limp away with the word, free to repurpose it as we see fit?

That reasoning is making less sense to me as I get older and see young kids of all races take liberties with it. It’s the equivalent of being freed from prison only to keep the orange jumpsuit to accessorize and wear later, out to the club.

The Butler raises interesting points about the constant tight rope we still walk daily as Blacks in America. We are still persecuted. We are still statistically unequal. We were freed from cages, only to be leashed. And now, as we suffer from systemic division, we routinely noose ourselves. This film – and my viewing experience reminded me there is still nothing black and white about being Black.

As the film ended, I saw the obnoxious woman in the hallway. I politely introduced myself. She stared at my hand before enduringly shaking it and reluctantly telling me her name. She’s a longtime member of the press. Midst my explanation that I was merely taking notes, she cut me off.

“I don’t know who raised you but you don’t turn on your phone in a theater. It’s rude and of low-class.”

I reminded her that it was rude to snap your fingers and yell at another adult. She gave me a once over making no attempts to hide the judgment at my sneakers, oversized hoodie and backwards baseball cap. I made no attempt to apologize for it. Her contempt became annoyance as a couple of people stopped to ask for my picture.

“If you were offended by my actions girl, then I’m sorry, I don’t know what to tell you.”

I was her second use of ‘girl’ that stamped the incident with the all-too-familiar seal of white privilege. Nevermind that yelling at me was far more disruptive than my dim screen. Or that several people were taking notes. Ironically, she’d taken one look at me and determined that whatever she had accomplished in her life warranted her to treat me as if I were The Butler.

I didn’t go off on this woman because she expected me to. A shouting match would’ve undoubtedly ended in us me being asked to leave. The irony of the situation was lost on her.

The Butler began by quoting MLK, “You cannot drive out darkness with darkness. Only light can do that.”

I sighed and softly laid my hand on her shoulder. She flinched. I looked her in eyes and said, “Yes, you aresorry. You are very, very sorry.”

Appalled, she asked me to repeat myself. I did so happily and as she began with, “Now I don’t know who you think you…” I turned away and went to say hello to someone I knew and respected.

Jasfly is a blogger based in NYC. She also appeared on VH1’s The Gossip Game. This article was originally posted on jasfly.tumblr.com

 

  • Pierre Elliott

    AS USUAL. YOU SLAVES HAVE NOTHING TO SAY………
    I WILL BE GOING TO SEE THIS MOVIE. AND I WILL SHOW IT TO MY SON.

    • @Real_SirJamie

      Mr. Elliot I would respectfully ask that you reconsider next time before you call any of my people slaves. It makes you look unprofessional. Shalom.

      • Pierre Elliott

        you know what?
        FIRST TAKE THE ARROGANCE OUT OF YOUR TONE.

        2nd: I said what I said because of what it is:
        BLACK PEOPLE OF TODAY AND BLACK PEOPLE FOR THAT MATTER PERIOD NEVER WANT TO SUPPORT SOMETHING LIKE THIS…..

        3. Lose religion, that is a crutch and mindfcuk.
        youre smarter than that..

        I hate to say it about my people but intelligent and aware blacks are a minority with a minority. I dont give a damn about what some ignorant low class white woman thinks. You know how many white people look at me when I go into high end store to buy some stuff?

        And how many FEEL stupid and even insecure with in my presence.
        YOU KNOW WHY?

        Cause I stopped caring what white america thinks or wants from me.
        I am my own person, and yes I am VERY VERY VERY black.
        In my soul and in my heart.

        I remember getting up on Sat for my mom to braid my hair and watch Soul Train. I grew up in an ALL WHITE TOWN.

        I grew up listening to Earth Wind & Fire MAZE Stephanie Mills.
        I was a kid but I never forgot who and what I was.

        And I make it my biz to be a high end intelligent but aware non sell out wont comprimise myself for you, type of brother.

        NOW WITH YOU SAYING WHAT YOU SAID MAKES YOU THE VERY SLAVE I SAID BLACK PEOPLE ARE NOW AND FOREVER SHALL BE TILL THEY WAKE UP————

        I have no remorse. I am not an oreo. Self hating Black or ignorant.
        I know the truth.

        TRUTH IS THIS: AFRICANS AS EARTHLINGS CALL THEM ARE NOT OF THIS EARTH, WE COME FROM A DISTANT GALAXY AND SOME OF OUR ANCESTORS ARE ON THE MOON. *Look Up Mono Lisa Of The Moon*

        Look at those pictures and then get back to me.

        Understand all of this is being done to control us and the earth from being what It needs to be—a place of peace energy and happiness and discovery.

        You are intelligent you seem well versed but you still are holding on to old constructs. Do more than read some books, look into your soul and see what is really happening here.

        The Year: 2017. Be aware my black people.

        No disrespect my brother but it is cosmic.

      • Why say “No Disrespect” after saying something disrespectful?

        You make good points but shot yourself in the foot attacking a good brother. Next time pump your breaks & keep it positive.

      • Pierre Elliott

        black people want everything sugar coated. the fact is that it still stands. wasnt being disrespectful, it was he who came in with the attitude.

      • Rita Bookman

        Don’t listen to this fraud y’all. He talks all this “black power” ish, and has a retarded looking half white baby boy!!! Just let him rant on. He’ll eventually realize that the only sellout is him.

      • Pierre Elliott

        wow. youre stalking me now whore? ha

        keep talking beeyotch dont get mad cause I got good genes and you part ape

      • Rita Bookman

        And that baby is part retard and part white…so stop with all these black power antics.

      • Pierre Elliott

        lol. wow you need a bottle cracked over your head or somethin.. first trick lol. why WOULD i or NEED to prove my work to YOU?! I dont have time to hate. I just call it as I see it.

        I have artwork on Gossip Girl The Carrie Diaries Sleeping with The Fishes. Also have had work shown at The Chelsea Hotel. As well as a few up and coming movies im under contract so I cant say the names of the movies yet. Its more than 5.
        But professionally I will sell my art to museums and I will also sell prints of my work on paper and on T shirts.

        INSANE RELICK is my production name.
        I rhyme and production.

        There you go stalker hag. Now can I remove my penis from your trap jaw now?

      • Rita Bookman

        I have a Bentley coupe and a Maybach parked next to my Leer jet, but I can’t pull them out cause the Bentley is in the shop, the Maybach is getting painted, and the Leer jet contract I had to sign says that I can’t let anyone see it due to it being the newest model that hasn’t come out yet.

        Do you see how stupid that sounds??!!!

        #NOFURTHERQUESTIONSYOURHONOR

      • Pierre Elliott

        I BET YOURE GOOD AT GIVING HEAD

      • Rita Bookman

        You’re gonna have to show me a different song young man. F. Stokes is lyrically straight, but that production you put on it is comprised of simple loops that someone in their first month with a beat machine or fruity loops could make. Now if he asked you to make this beat specifically, then hey, that’s what he wanted. But if this is what you’re shopping around, I don’t see it moving anywhere. It will stay in NY just like the rest of you regionally driven artists from NY are. And as far as the painting goes, I would give it a 6 out of 10, unless that is supposed to be a mask on her face. Anything else? I’m only slightly impressed.

      • Pierre Elliott

        HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHA WOW.

        YOU ARE A HATER LMAOOOOOOOO.
        BUY THE SONG TRICK, AND YOU WILL SEE IT HAS 3 DIFFERENT CHANGE UPS.

        BUT THATS HOW BROKE NIKKAS DO, THEY WAIT FOR THE PRICE TO GO DOWN.

        I DONT CARE IF YOU RATED IT A 0.
        YOURE A LOSER. SERIOUSLY.

        YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU REPRESENT CAUSE YOU ARE A BABBLING IDIOT.

        PEOPLE PAY ME FOR THE TIME YOU WANT…

      • Rita Bookman

        Yet I got it for free and multiple times. So you’re saying that I can’t criticize your music but you can call everybody in the industry wack??? I’m just keeping it 100 with you. I wouldn’t listen to that garbage twice. If that was on the album it would get skipped from the production alone. That’s the problem with real lyricists. They only rap on wack producers beats which will NEVER get them commercial money. Try an different field brugh. At first I was just joking, but now that I’ve heard it, the jokes have become reality. Give it up like a drunken whore. Music aint for you

      • Pierre Elliott

        YOURE A LOSER. YOU ARE THE SAME PERSON YOU CLAIM I AM…….YOU HAVE A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM.

        HONESTLY. IM DONE REPLYING TO YOUR STUPID HATER BASED COMMENTS. YOU CAN CALL MY MUSIC WACK BUT UNLIKE YOU I DONT HAVE TO WORK A 9 TO 5.

        SLAVE. MY TALENT PAYS MY BILLS……

        SO HATE ON THAT TOO

      • Pierre Elliott

        YOURE ONE OF THOSE MAD BITTER PEOPLE WHO LIVE TO SPREAD HATE……… YOU SOUND LIKE YOU 300 POUNDS WITH A WART ON YOUR FACE WITH INGROWN TOENAIL.

      • Rita Bookman

        Now go look through all of your comments you’ve posted on articles and video’s, as well as your response to people on different sites. You, sir, are the EPITOME of a “MAD BITTER PEOPLE WHO LIVE TO SPREAD HATE”. Only difference is, you do it on a racist level. Also, you say you’re done responding to me, yet you KEEP responding. That’s because you know the things I say to you are real, and its eats you alive that somebody can see through that simple untalented mind of yours. Again…if I’m a troll, you are an easy target. LMAO. This ish is like talking to a little brother who easily gets mad off of words. Get out of your feelings lame. You crying like that little retard you made.

      • Rita Bookman

        Dude I am sooooooooooo sorry!!! I just came from your soundcloud page and seen that you really ARE up and coming!!! You are going to be a superstar, and a savior to HipHop!!! ALL 68 of your followers can attest to that!!! All of your average beats, that all consist of 4bar loops and pointless empty drops are SURE to make it nationally in NO time!!! And that city that you so pride yourself on as the center of the universe SURELY doesn’t have anyone else that could ever DREAM of topping that talent!!! Again…my apologies!!! I had NO idea who I was talking to!!!!!

      • Matt Swan

        Uhh back for the first time, with a sound that’s sorely missed but never existed……that combines a lot of crappy beats with an overbearing drum machine, and weird sounds that makes me think he copied Future from Ciaras “body”. If this is what he’s offering this gay neyo/T.O. lookin boy needs some help. And artwork on blah blah blah, displayed at motel 6? Man please. Name droppin is for rookies and those thinkin they can fool someone into thinkin no one is going to do a fact check on em. And to resort to name callin as soon as his card is pulled. But you’re right on all counts, keep it 100

      • Never said you wasn’t on point, or that you should sugar coat anything, we definitely need the raw, just pointing out that you attacking the wrong brother & losing points for it.

        #IJS

      • Pierre Elliott

        read what I said. But first re read the article and what the person said. And then read what I said. I am on point because Ive sat here and watched it all. Dont make me better just means i am aware. And even the most intelligent person can be wrong. I said: slaves have noting to say and they didn’t.

        they comment on everything else but when its something of substance, they are silent.

      • That ‘chet is so true it sounds like scriptures, but the brother “Look” ( *I won’t reveal his true identity ) is a stand up dude that has been representing the struggle since day one.

        Fugg the divide and conquer bit & unite & conquer. That’s the type of brother that is a positive influence “Off Line” as well as on.

        Disagreements should be viewed as an opportunity to develop options, nothing more. When we fight, they win.

      • Pierre Elliott

        AND THATS REAL. EDOGZ YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW GET DOWN ON THIS SHlT. AINT NO DISAGREMENT, WE CAME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION JUST FROM DIFF SIDES.

        AND THEY NEVER WIN CAUSE WHEN YOU THINK ABSTRACTLY, EVERYTHING IS COVERED.
        ROCK ON.

        PEACE PLAYA.*****

      • Rita Bookman

        *disagreement

        And “PEACE PLAYA”??? Just when I think somebody can’t get any more lame. You never cease to amaze me lil fella!

      • >>E Dapz & passes the Reggie!

      • Matt Swan

        you ain’t no damn good lol. go to church sunday!! LOOSE YASELF!!

      • TALK_BOSS

        U lost me with the moon shit lol

      • Pierre Elliott

        like I said: Look up Mona Lisa Of The Moon.

        I know for me to end it on some space shlt is bugged but trust me it goes that far.

      • Matt Swan

        Dude, who defines who’s lost and who isn’t…..you? I’m black and see no reason to justify it, either through my education(which I have and am still learning), accomplishments, or anything else. It’s a fact of life. I was born this way and will die the same. Religion is not a crutch if you believe in it. That is a choice made on your own. And I’m not African, African American. Before this PC term was made I was black; plain and simple black. But for your technical reasons, I’ll say I’m Alaskan American being that is the state where I was born, and the country I was raised. Now you’re going to tell me that ALL black people came from Africa right? Wrong. Africa is the cradle of known civilization, and yes the oldest bones were found there, but all races migrated as they do now, so there’s nothing to prove any of my ancestors were African. So you need to open your mind and see there are other possibilities that are reasonable other than your own. Lastly you must be on that lean talking about we are not of this earth. We came here on some spacecraft? You have watched Prometheus way too much. What defines a sell out or an oreo? And for someone to again disagree with you, you call them a salve, after the mindf*ck you’re trying to sell? Man get a grip, get a pair and present a proper discussion based on fact, not personal opinion and Martians. The Year 2013. We are aware…very aware, will be aware each year as we go along and we will be more enlightened as we go along

      • Pierre Elliott

        WOW—ONCE YOU SAID YOU WERE CHRISTIAN, I WROTE YOU OFF….

        YES WE MIGRATED BUT OTHER THAN THAT, WHATS YOUR POINT HERE?
        AND SEE WHEN I BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE BEYOND WHAT YOU MIGHT SEEM NORMAL, IM ON THAT LEAN…. WOW. OK. THIS IS WHY MOST OF THE WORLD IS A DONE DEAL…

        AND YES RELIGION IS A CRUTCH ESPECIALLY WHEN ITS TAKEN FROM A GROUP PEOPLE CHANGED AND THEN USED TO ENSLAVE PEOPLE EVENTUALLY THE EARTH.
        THAT SAME RELIGION IS MAKING YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY I AM WRONG…

        INSTEAD OF USING MANS CONSTRUSTS TO COME TO A CONCLUSION. LOSE THE IDEA ABOUT BEING AMERICAN AND TRY HUMAN

      • Matt Swan

        I never said I was a Christian, so you only read what you wanted to and that’s fine. Well Luke Skyn*gga where were we from? I’m going to entertain the thought that we are from somewhere else for a minute. Calling yourself human is like saying cattle. it’s a definition of a species, but inside that species there are sub cultures or species and there we have our races. And I threw out the migration thing, just so I wouldn’t have to listen to the classic “all blacks are from Africa line”. It’s old, and not true. In that last statement about religion, you’re describing Christianity. So there were and are other religions, are they wrong too even if they didn’t “enslave” anyone? Mans’s Constructs are definitive tangibles that are proven through scientific theory, or by trial and error. Did you take the red or blue pill? It seems the Matrix has you. And typing in all caps is rather childish and shows you’re trying to force your ideals upon others……sounds a lot like the religious beliefs you claim are wrong

      • Pierre Elliott

        when you have a large group of people who are given what they see and ingest, that then is a form of control.

        Ask why Howard Stern left his job in 99.
        Look up Clear Channel, and see who they are…..

      • Matt Swan

        There are tons of controls; some we make some others that are made for us. Thus is life. You cannot live a life without a control. Sex is a control, love and hate is a control, acceptance and denial is a control. They are there either to guide us, direct us, or move us to another level of control that will still control us. So what chu sayin?

      • Rita Bookman

        BUT THEY DON’T HEAR THAT THO!!!! You talking to a brick wall brugh!!! They will forever be stuck in “the white man is trying to keep us down” mentality.

      • Matt Swan

        I know, but sometimes debating with someone tells you who you’re really dealing with. I’ve had my cards pulled on this site and I’ve had to rethink some of my opinions based off those that came at me with real facts. But at the same time, if you come on here with some BS, I’ll call you out and see what you’re about, and this “were from somewhere else” isn’t doing it for me, so I want to know and if he believes what he’s sayin he’ll let me know. If not then GTFO with that BS. The only thing holding people back is fear. Fear of taking that first step, fear of failure, fear of not being accepted. Conquer the fear, and then you’ll reach enlightenment. This is my opinion of it

      • Pierre Elliott

        I hear you talking your speak. First of all I can tell you’re a republican. Second thats logic of a small mind.

        Yes all black people migrated from africa and to the surrounding land masses.

        Austrrailia, New Guinea as well China. We came from africa bringing many different looks to the world based on land, area and climate. It took 25,000 years for man to turn white.

        As evidenced in the math and scientific work that is proven by fact. That isnt even the conversation here.

        And the fact you poke fun at Prometheus means you havent done your homework. And both of you are of small mentality
        and the Anglo Books we were all brought up on in America.

        ANd a person who HASNT given up religion in this day and time is as blind as bat. With all your intelligence it would seem you would ascertain that. But you havent because you are both of a hive mentality which says: ridicule and jester a person with thoughts outside of yours.

        Rita you might be big fish where your from, but where im from your are as forgettable as an ugly chick you pass on the way
        to Marc Jacobs who tries to eye you.

        This was and is about Black people in america only showing interest in Madea. Scary Movie or Denzel. Thats great n all
        but when something of substance is shown on this page it really really doesnt get that many looks much like everything else that gets made, just like everything else.

        I bet the music you listen to is as shallow a the fluid that suspends your brain, inside your simian skull.

        Only thing you can call me is superior to you in every way.
        And black people like you or whatever you are ARE the problem. You try to condescend while the whole time you think your righteous but your mindstate is that of the white man.

        Just in black skin. I think being alaska has fried your mind.
        I got friends there as well, and they sure as hell aint brain dead as you.

        See the world. See Europe see africa touch that soil.
        Then get back to me.

        No I will not respond just look at your response and laugh…

        ANd i know you both will go hard….

        GO TROLLS GO!!!

      • Matt Swan

        Here we go Assuming things you don’t know. I never said my religious beliefs, nor if I belong to any political party. What you just did was called fishing. And no one took the bait. You never answered my question: who decides who’s lost and who isn’t? And I want you to prove that all blacks came from the same place. Back what you have to say off facts, not what you think you know. Actually Prometheus is one of my favorite movies, but I used that analogy to make a point. And if you are so educated as you claim to be then those SAME anglo books I learned off were the SAME ones you read and learned from. Sure you can expand from that, but the beginning is the same. Please name one black made early learning book that is in public schools….but I know, you didn’t go to public schools, mommy and daddy had too much money for you to be with the “common” folk. I get it and I understand. Bet there I go Assuming, but I really don’t care, because you make a pretense of being holier than thou when you’re no smarter than anyone else. If you want to “word battle” go ahead, I can use Google dictionary or thesaurus also to prop myself up. As far as my travels, man I’ve been around this world three times easy. I’ve hit AND LIVED in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, so I think I’m very well versed in the ways of man. What did that prove not a damn thing other than I have a sh*tload of frequent flyer miles that I can’t use. Why go to Africa? To the ones I’ve met overseas (REAL AFRICANS not African American or African anything, PURE Africans) I’m not African, I’m an American. Is the dirt there any better than here, I know the water isn’t cleaner, food isn’t any better and in many cases doesn’t exist. So why go where I’m not wanted unless I’m spending money? I can stay home and save that. What does the type of music mean? Does that make you more intelligent? if I listened to everything and anything, so what? I’m not calling anyone that puts their pants on the same way I do superior to me. If you jump both legs in at the same time, I would say I’m impressed, but you’re still not superior to me, and to think for a second that you are, means you are compensating for a SHORTcoming that you really need counseling for. I’m sure you have friends everywhere. Again good for you. Frying my brain…..Alaska? Well if you’ve never been there, you don’t know what you’re missin. I’m sure you’re “friends” up there would tell you the same. I liked this article and for once it was written in a grammar correct manner, stated it’s case and made it’s point. What I didn’t like is the fact that this site had to take someone else’s work to get traffic. But you have a great day saditty a$$ negro from Mars. BTW Prometheus 2 is coming out later on. Maybe you’ll find out that you really are from LV 223.

      • Rita Bookman

        WHY are you still trying to wake this sleeping clown up??? This is like giving money to a homeless crackhead. Your intentions are good, but the only time they will wake up and pick “food” over “crack” is when they are ready to change. He doesn’t want that. All he wants is to sound smart on the internet and claim he’s making major moves. His proof of these major moves has the same fact backing as his claims. He tries to verbally bully all these people with his words and CAPS when really he makes himself sound stupid. He talks this black power to all these people yet he has a half white child. If the white man has done you so bad, WHY lay down with him??? C’mon now, he would have been the FIRST one to tell “Massa” that the niggas was about to run, but turn around and act like he’s for the cause. He’s a self proclaimed scholar, who’s credentials are just as made up as his facts. Again, you are wasting your time. Painting on a wall when it’s raining outside. Some “niggas” just aint worth the attempt, and he continues to prove it.

      • Matt Swan

        I’m sorry mom. won’t do it again. JK. He’s ignorant and misinformed and I wanted to help him along his way. He’s quiet now, and I will be too. Can I have a dolla so I can run to the ice cream man?

      • Rita Bookman

        DID YOU FINISH YOUR HOMEWORK??!!!!!!

      • Matt Swan

        no and before you say it, I already got the belt in hand. Or did you want the switch?

      • @Real_SirJamie

        I didn’t know you could hear a tone through reading a comment. If my response to your racist remark made you feel in some way disrespected that’s not what I meant. I merely asked to to think before disrespecting an indirect group of people. My religion isn’t based on needing a crutch sir. I am just thankful to the most high. But I can see you like engaging in back and forth negative banter so this will be the first and last time we communicate. I will not give anyone a chance to illicit responses that are unbecoming of a gentleman from me. I apologize if you felt I was being condescending or arrogant. Peace.

      • Matt Swan

        I’m not going to feed into what you and Elliot were sating, but you should never feel the need to apologize for your religious beliefs whether they are shared or not. And I agree it’s not a crutch, but something you believe in that fuels your inner peace and gives you sanctuary in the mind. But you can have dialogue with people even when they are being unbecoming and keep your gentleman ways by trying to educate those who might not understand or are ignorant of a particular situation. I’m sure this has happened to you as it did all of us as we grew up and became older. We’re not going to see head to head all the time, but as long as we can talk it out, then we are moving forward, even if we agree to disagree

      • Rita Bookman

        Don’t worry about him…Pierre Elliott “is just another lost….nigga”.

  • @Real_SirJamie

    Very good review. Although I believe movies being released during these times are no coincidence (almost like, “Don’t forget where you came from”) I feel they are needed for the little girl who’s mother you sat next to. Now she knows what our ancestors (and some of us still today, just maybe not as harsh) went/go through. She also now knows who Jesse Jackson is. Your analogy on Nigga is ON POINT. But sadly, you will find that some guys DO flaunt their D.O.C. cards as the only form of identification they have, not even wanting another one. It’s like a badge of honor. Sad. All in all you handled your situation the way you were supposed to and I applaud you for it. You were more mature than she could ever be. Thanks for the read, I felt like I was in next to you the entire time. Your grammar and punctuation is very good as well. Maybe some of the other writers should takes notes on YOU and THEY can go do movie reviews. Thank you again. Shalom.

  • JULLIANSOLO

    GOOD REVIEW

  • acapwn

    Great piece!

  • King Cool

    Great Read

  • Holy ‘chet!
    Chuck Creekmur has brought out the journalistic cannons!

    Definitely not any ‘chet like this on that other site.
    Only issue is, we have an “African American” pres…not a Black one.

    • Matt Swan

      That’s only cuz none of his actual writers wrote this.

      • He’s the Mark Cuban of Hip Hop!

  • BibatheDiva

    Great piece! Needed and appreciated. I’m proud of the many female contributors to this site, I think we add an empathetic insight that is underrepresented and unappreciated in much of hip-hop.

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  • RMfag

    TL:DR so I may or may not suck the article writer off.

    But FYI to the other readers, alot of people of other races are turning it against us and making it seem like we are the most racist. So word to the wise: we didn’t make waves then and we should not be making them now.

    Edit: I may suck the OP off is she is a man at the bottom. We straight over here!

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  • Gavin

    I’m sorry, but this review is racist on all accounts. How can you expect to end racism, when it’s still flaring inside of you? The way that you talk, it’s clear that you hate all white people and there are some really good white people out there. While there is some really mean ass white people, there is good people too and your review basically just says that white as a whole is awful…and you need to open your eyes, that is racist as hell. The movie is supposed to show that we are people as a whole, it doesn’t matter what our skin color is, we’re all part of the human race and to change the world we all have to realize that we have to learn from our mistakes and make a better future. It doesn’t matter what your skin color is, we’re all human beings living the short life that we have and people just deserve to be happy.

    • NEWSKULL

      Racist Review?… Please explain?…

      Because the thing you said about:

      “we’re all part of the human race and to change the world we all have to realize that we have to learn from our mistakes and make a better future.”

      That’s actually what the review was all about… JasFly was trying to tell that lady she is “PART OF THE HUMAN RACE” so she souldn’t talk to her like she is superior … And for ” A CHANGE”, (and she probably “LEARNED FROM HER MISTAKES”) she didn’t shout and moved on for her “BETTER FUTURE”…

      I believe that’s a Great Article…

      • Don’t try to make sense of it. Apparently, to some, calling out racism is, itself, racist. People usually give you the “we’re all one race” stuff when they want you to be quiet and accept second-class treatment.

    • letsbpositive

      how is it clear that she hates all white people? did she say something racist about larry king, who was seated next to her? damn am I the only one who read the article? did yal take critical reading classes in school?

    • queensina

      why is it that you say “we need to learn from our mistakes” but you seem incapable of learning anything from this article? it is clear from your comment that you don’t know anything about how it feels to be black in america, or, more specifically, black at a screening where the attendees are majority white. instead of reading this article with an open mind for a perspective that isn’t your own, you latch onto a COMPLETELY IMAGINARY bias against whites. maybe it’s time for you to learn from YOUR mistakes.

      • Gavin

        Oh right because white people NEVER have other races being racist towards them….makes SENSE! That’s ignorant.

      • queensina

        no one said that. you are literally making things up. so you should

        a) re-read my post again and look up white privilege or

        b) remain illiterate and throw out your computer.

        either way, stop posting.

    • lclo89

      Your little “can’t we all get along” bit clearly shows you know absolutely nothing about what it is to be a person of color in America. And never once did she mention anything about hating all white people. Why is it that every time someone even begins to mention racism in America, they all of the sudden are the boogieman who doesn’t like white people??? It is as if the white majority cannot bare to look at itself for what it is and acknowledge that they have a lot of work to do…they would rather deflect as you have so “cleverly” done here and place the blame everywhere else but on themselves. Many in the Black community have taken responsibility for themselves and for the other members of their community, its time the white community does the same.

      • ChinotheJet

        Amen. When some people have the mirror put to them, what they see is too hard to bear sometimes, so they project onto others. White Privilege is all too real. most times the worst offenders dont even realize they’re transgressing.

    • G. Avant

      Ahhh the classic you’re racist for addressing racism and discrimination argument lmao. How did you even get that she hates all white people from what she said in this review anyway? Huh?

  • OReillyJewFRO

    A rich person looked at you like they were better than you ? Wow. That’s an amazing story bro. Can you tell it again ? It’s just, i’ve NEVER heard of anything like that happening.

    • letsbpositive

      The writer is a woman…. did you read the article bro?

      • OReillyJewFRO

        I read enough to get the point. “Old white woman looked down on me, i’m going to cry about it”. If you want respect from old white women don’t wear baggy pants and Jordans. If you don’t care then do you. That simple.

      • Guest

        It’s her article she can write/cry/complain whatever she wants if you don’t care than why even bother with a comment?

      • RMS

        Did you never hear the expression, “great story, bro”? Google it, bro.

  • Andy

    Great article. Sorry to hear about your experience. I am continuously surprised at the stories coming out of America pertaining to racism. I honestly think Americans are behind the rest of the world when it come to race. Over here I have NEVER seen a racist incident in person. Aborigines, Sudanese-Australian’s, and even some African Americans live here, and are all treated just as well as anyone else.

  • lib1

    The movie was completely lost on her head. White people can watch every race-themed film ever made and some will continue to ignore their white privilege. I honestly hope more we bring our issues to the forefront as opposed to designated “black areas” like barbershops, street corners and living rooms.

  • Matt Fosholo Thomas

    So many spelling and grammar mistakes. How could you work for the press and produce this? Want to be taken more serious, get professional. Can barely read through this pile. Where I am from respect is earned, not handed out on a silver platter. Also it’s not white vs. black or any color vs. any color. It’s the (very few) rich and the (very many) poor. The new ‘racism’ is ‘classism’.

  • honestbastarddad

    Did you say, ‘we’ve earned it’. The right to say ‘nigga’? As in the
    black population has earned the right to say ‘nigga’! You didn’t earn a
    DAMN thing! Your ancestors earned the right to say it, but would never
    say it.

    Then you moan about how you were raised black, then you
    target some old bitchy woman and think she is ‘model; of white hatred
    towards you. You talk about conspiries towards ‘black people’ but to be
    honest, you seem to wallow on the ‘victimization’ and ‘entitlement’ of
    your race.—- Get over yourself! Even with a wonderful black president,
    you still believe that you being ‘discriminated upon’. Pathetic!

    I’m
    neither white, black, or latino. I am asian, another minority. My
    family died in Hiroshima and were also in the internment camp during the
    war. But, we don’t play ‘victims’ and hope we are ‘entitled’ because of
    these tragedies. We believe in individual achievements and strive to
    succeed over others.

    I look at Obama, Oprah, Cosby, and many
    great black individuals and think they worked so hard to be where they
    are at. There is really no excuse to play the victim. If you believe
    that the ‘black race’ is still being oppressed… how about dealing with
    the group that thrive in spreading hate and the misery,

    Grow up for once…

    • Saiyan Prince

      Here we go, another person that has never been or will ever be black, telling a black person how it CAN’T be possible that blacks are still discriminated upon. Let me ask you a question. Have you ever been told to go inside the gate of the house that you own, on the street that you live on by the police? That you can’t be on the sidewalk? Have you ever been followed for blocks by the police only to be pulled over and told that you did nothing wrong, that it was just a ‘routine traffic stop’? Have you ever been dressed in a suit on the way to work and you cross the street and the old white lady in the car you pass locks her doors?

      I could go on and on with the daily discriminations that blacks endure, but I fear it would fall on deaf ears. Just because there is a man of color in the White House DOES NOT mean that racism, discrimination or whatever you want to call it does not exist. Do blacks have the same opportunities as others to make something of themselves in this country? Of course we do. Many of us have overcome the racial boundaries this country has built up. And most of us do not cry ‘victim’ everytime we are discriminated against. But I’ll be damned if someone thats NEVER walked a day in my BLACK skin tell me that discrimination is a figment of the Black man’s imagination.

    • lclo89

      To surmise that racism essentially no longer exists without a shred of evidence is just willfully ignorant. You ooze ignorance and intolerance by attacking the author saying that she is playing the “victim.” It is that very thought process that larger society has subscribed to that has lead to the stagnation of race relations. The UTTER REFUSAL to even acknowledge that we still have a problem is why were are in total gridlock. The author is NOT playing the “victim” role, she is merely acknowledging the inequities that still exist. You have not once walked a day in the shoes of an African American, so how dare you sanctimoniously judge those who have. These are not just “feelings” they are not simply “wallowing in their victimization,” there is hard evidence and facts to support the systemic injustice African Americans are constantly subjected to.

      It is funny that you say that Obama, Oprah and other Blacks have worked hard and not played the victim. And yet, if you were to ask them a series of questions about Black life in contemporary America they would have the SAME response as the author. i suppose you were under a rock when the President spoke after the Trayvon Martin verdict came down, and he said, “Trayvon Martin could have been me.” I suppose the fact that the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES can identify with another dead 17 year old Black kid from FL, he is playing the victim role??????? No, he is not. He is simply recognizing the fact that at the end of the day he is still a Black man in America and no matter how much success he has attained, the suspicion that the color of his skin carries still impregnates the collective consciousness of the American populous.

      Maybe the next time you decide to make such belligerent and imbecilic remarks while trying to invoke the names of successful African Americans to support your crackpot theories, you will think long and hard before you speak.

    • Beatriz T

      I don’t see the author playing the victim but you do sound privilege.

      • Rita Bookman

        *privileged

      • Beatriz T

        Really? Attack my grammar but not my content?

      • honestbastarddad

        Your content was baseless… maybe the author needs to quit whining about her experience, if they were even real. I doubt it was and she created this scenerio to race-bait.
        As for ‘privileged’, that is a common excuse the black race uses against any race they feel inferior to… sort of makes my point that they feel they are ‘entitled’ to make excuses… If you don’t see the author playing victim then maybe you need to read, and read, and read it again. I’m cheering for you.

      • pauleyPee

        We call those ad homm’s and red herrings.

    • G. Avant

      Everybody has went through plights, but people of other minorities need to understand that there are different dynamics to the slavery and oppression here in America as opposed to Hiroshima or the internment camps. The fact that you would even try to compare the two shows your lack of understanding. First off we are living in the same very land that said that we were less than human and enslaved us for 400 years. The black race is the only race that is present on this land by force as opposed to immigration as well.

      The whole ‘playing the victim’ thing is just a means of deflecting whenever any inequities that still exist in this nation are addresses. Just because you see some successful black people doesn’t mean that the race isn’t subject to discrimination everyday. Who are you to tell another race that they aren’t being discriminated against anyway? And I’m sure that the very successful people that you mentioned have tons of stories about the discrimination that they’ve had to be subject to in their life. There’s black people working hard everyday and still being treated like shit just because the color of their skin.

  • Gina B.

    “Does being Black matter to anyone but me? Is white privilege the now oppression? Should we act better to be treated better or should we act out until we’re equal?”

    You should act as though you were born into the richest country on earth. Not one person outside of America would ever feel sorry for anyone born here… No matter what their skin color is. People die trying to get here to make a better life for themselves and it’s time the people born here remembered what opportunities they have, regardless of race.

    • Beatriz T

      Anybody living in the U.S.A is privilege, but nobody benefits more than the Anglo American. You can’t say that their are opportunities here for those who take advantage when blacks and Latinos historically have been systematic oppress and continue to be.

      • Rita Bookman

        Oppressed by whom? Them or US??? How can you say that we don’t have opportunities, when there are ENDLESS scholarships that are SOLELY for blacks and latinos. We have affirmative action and God knows how many other programs to help force equality. The problem is, you (and not you specifically) want everything handed to you. We have MORE than ample opportunities, yet we still complain that we are continuing to be oppressed. The only ones holding us back is US. And @Gina B. makes a great point, when saying noone outside the US would feel bad. The things we cry about are simple first world problems. Nothing more

      • Beatriz T

        Nobody has handed me anything. If you really believe that everything is equal then why don’t any whites live in black or Latinos communities. Send your children there and then tell me about how “we” get things handed to us.

      • Rita Bookman

        My children? I’m black sweetheart. And how did you get that from what I said? I meant you want it handed to you as in the opportunities are out there, but you have to go and GET it. Opposed to just sitting back waiting on your 40 acres and a mule. And why would someone intentionally send their child into a poverty driven neighborhood? And yes I said driven. That has nothing to do with color. Do you think Bill Cosby would send his kids to your neighborhood? Do you even think Sean Carter or SeanCombs would? It has nothing to do with color. It has EVERYTHING to do with people who actually went out and did something not wanting to be around people who just want it handed to them. I would be lying if I said that it may be harder on us, than it is people who were born into money. But sitting back and blaming them for something they had no say in is nothing but a crutch. If we want to make a change, WE have to do it, and stop blaming oppression for our shortcomings. All that went out the door the day a black man was elected as the most powerful man on the planet.

      • Beatriz T

        YOU ARE IN DENIAL LADY! Just look at whose poor and who is not then tell me it doesn’t have to do with race. And don’t tell me people are lazy. Cause guest what I work and go to school and yes live in “my neighborhood” but have to work harder to achieve my goal nobody gives me a damn thing not even government help . Not everybody have a choice to be send to others school darling stop denying what is obvious.

      • Rita Bookman

        *guess

        So tell me this, and I’ll leave you alone. If you won $100,000,000 dollars by hitting the lottery tonight, you’re telling me that you would stay in the hood??? If you say yes you would stay there, and let your kids stay there, then I’ll leave this conversation be.

      • Beatriz T

        Yes I would. Why would I want to make another good neighborhood better if I can better mine??

      • Beatriz T

        I know you can’t be black. How can you accept somebody calling “ni**ers” to your own ethnicity. Unless…..

      • Guest

        So every rapper on the planet is white? I call niggers niggers. Not black people. People who are ignorant. Try again sweetie

      • Beatriz T

        Really do I need to tell you what is the difference between “ni**er and “nig*@”

      • Rita Bookman

        SO every rapper on the planet is white right?? C’mon sweetie, try again.

      • Beatriz T

        Nope, never heard a rapper called “ni**er to anybody but I have heard nigg@. There is a difference.

      • Rita Bookman

        LMAO!!! So that makes it better??? That makes it different??? THAT was a “ni66er” response. Learn the difference, and THEN speak on it.

      • Beatriz T

        I get it that it doesn’t make it better but doesn’t make it right for others who nothing to do with a culture to use it.

      • Guest

        So you’re saying that it only applies to black people right? And also its ok that we (not you) use it on each other and have that a word that means ignorance confined to one race? HOW are you in college??? You must go to Devry or the University of Phoenix huh? Again, lmBao@U

      • Rita Bookman

        So you’re saying that it only applies to black people right? And also its ok that we (not you) use it on each other and have a word that means ignorance confined to one race? HOW are you in college??? You must go to Devry or the University of Phoenix huh? Again, lmBao@U

      • skwirrl

        So it’s cool when I call somebody niggardly right?

      • chihova

        you would never do it to someones face. maybe while you sit behind your computer screen but you are too soft to do it in person. you just like 99% of the white people on the internet. coward internet thugs.

      • Pierre Elliott

        WOW LOOK AT YOU, RITA YOU HAVE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LIFE..

      • Rita Bookman

        Yet you are on here responding to everything I post. Your whole being is a joke. And I was wondering where you got that big @$$ snout from and I just seen a picture of ya momma holding that welfare plaque up (TELL me I’m lying). That woman nose so big she look like she can smell Thanksgiving dinner already!!! Its bad enough her ugly self made your face look like that, BUT HER GIVING YOU HER JOE FRAZIER NOSE WAS JUST WRONG!!! If I were you I would hate my life too. I feel so sorry for you having to walk around with a face like that and all this anger toward your ugly mother. Is THAT why you get on here so angry???

      • skwirrl

        Whites can’t say niggardly because it sounds too close despite a completely different meaning but blacks can say nigga even though it’s totally meant the same way.

      • Rita Bookman

        *who’s

      • Beatriz T

        You can tell I had so many great opportunities that I just wouln’t take advantage of in school!!!

      • Beatriz T

        has**

      • Rita Bookman

        I’m sorry, what are you correcting again???

      • Pierre Elliott

        YOU AINT BLACK CAUSE NOONE BLACK WOULD SAY THE THINGS YOU DO…

        AND IF THEY DID THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE THE WORST BLIND OREO EVER…

        YOU ARE A PERSON WHO GETS OFF STARTING ARGUMENTS WITH PEOPLE IN HERE AND THATS ALL YOU DO…

        YOU ARE THE BIGGEST LOSER…
        SO BIG A LOSER YOU DONT HAVE A PIC, YOU NEVER PROVE YOUR POINT AND ALL YOU DO IS CALL PEOPLE RACIST…. BUT YET TRY TO DISS ME FOR MY BEAUTIFUL MODEL BABY RETARD CAUSE HE IS OF MIXED RACE?!!

        YOU DESERVE THE WORST. PEOPLE LIKE YOU THINK THE WEB PROTECTS YOU, BUT IT DOESNT PROTECT YOU FROM CORRECT KARMA.

        A [PERSON LIKE YOU WILL GET IT CAUSE YOU ARE A COWARD…..A LOSER… AND A REASON AMERICA IS IN THE PLACE IT IS IN.

        PEOPLE LIKE YOU TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY.
        FULL OF IGNORANCE…

        SO IN EFFECT, YOU ARE THE NGGER.

      • Rita Bookman

        There are so many grammatical errors in your post its not even funny any more. The funny part of all of this is that you REALLY think that calling me names makes me mad. The ONLY person that gets mad is you because you STILL respond to me!!! You got mad because I pulled ya ho card on your wack music. Then you put that 5th grade picture you drew up like it was something even REMOTELY impressive. You claim everybody has no life, yet you have damn near 1000 comments you’ve posted. Most of them a whole novel about nothing. The FUNNIEST part of ALL of this is that you are on here 24/7 preaching about black this and black that, AND YOU WENT AND MADE A WHITE BABY!!!! LMMFBAO!!!!!!!!!! You are like that dude from Don’t Be a Menace who and I’m Gonna Git you Sucka!!! #2WORDS #KILL YOSELF
        And as long as you keep responding to me, the longer I’m gonna keep exposing you for the fake you are

      • Pierre Elliott

        SUCK MY DICK BROKE BlTCH BROKEN RECORD MY SON ISNT WHITE DUMB HO

      • Rita Bookman

        Awwwww….poor little TinkTink get mad again??? Its ok. When you get rich and famous off of your production you can…….LMMFBAO!!!! I COULDN’T EVEN FINISH THAT SENTENCE!!!!

      • skwirrl

        I bet he’s whiter than Michael Jackson. And probably just as gay.

      • Rita Bookman

        Yet you are on here responding to everything I post. Your whole being is a joke. And I was wondering where you got that big @$$ snout from and I just seen a picture of ya momma holding that welfare plaque up (TELL me I’m lying). That woman nose so big she look like she can smell Thanksgiving dinner already!!! Its bad enough her ugly self made your face look like that, BUT HER GIVING YOU HER JOE FRAZIER NOSE WAS JUST WRONG!!! If I were you I would hate my life too. I feel so sorry for you having to walk around with a face like that and all this anger toward your ugly mother. Is THAT why you get on here so angry???

      • greenhouse records

        He the most powerful man on the planet but cant get any bills passed…smh

      • Beatriz T

        46.2 million people living in poverty is not a “simple first world problem”.

      • Rita Bookman

        Yes, dear….it is.

      • Beatriz T

        Really, if you say so. There are 46.2 millions poor with so many opportunities? Are you suggestion 46.2 million people are lazy?

      • Beatriz T

        only if they are black or Latinos right?

      • Rita Bookman

        Your blind hate will be the biggest obstacle you will face…not the white man

      • Beatriz T

        I don’t hate anybody pointing what is obvious stop assuming b.s. is the system that is wack.

      • greenhouse records

        Affirmative action doesn’t force equality. Just means you have to meet a quota. 1 minority for every 100 white employees.

      • Rita Bookman

        You may wanna go do a little more research on the history of Affirmative Action before responding.

      • greenhouse records

        You may wanna step back into reality and open your eyes.

      • ZUBU

        I’m certain you realize that white women benefit more from affirmative action then any of the other aforementioned groups combined. You are aware of this correct?

      • Rita Bookman

        Out of all of that, you got THIS out of what I said??? There was a totally different point that was clearly missed…

  • RMS

    Who is your editor? My professors would never have let me get away with such a poorly written screed. How did you get media press credentials with so little writing talent?

    • ChinotheJet

      nice rack? IDK…

  • Mahmoud Cohen

    As a Jew who survived two Holocausts I am tired of these ni**ers playing the victim to excuse their ape behavior.

    • Beatriz T

      Their were 5 millions non Jews killed in the Holocaust and nobody seems to mention them except for the poor Jews. Lets talk about Zionist despicable behavior!!

      • Rita Bookman

        *There

        And there were millions of people from other races that have been enslaved, but nobody seems to mention them except for us poor blacks. You are quick to call someone privileged, but you have the WORST sense of entitlement.

      • Beatriz T

        Where in this comment did I mention a Jew privilege? I am not black lady but I see despicable behavior towards black even by Latinos so don’t tell me about entitlement.

      • Rita Bookman

        That has NOTHING to do with what I just said, and with that being said, I deem you unworthy of a debatable conversation. Good day, madam and good luck in your future endeavors.

      • Beatriz T

        whatever, I put you on blast. I know you’re not black. You couldn’t beat me so all you had was to correct my grammar which I acknowledge is bad. Hope you can see it someday whenever you are discriminated against even if you are white. Women are minorities too you know.

      • Rita Bookman

        LMAO!!! Ok sweetie, you’re right. You out witted me. I’m glad i got the chance to meet someone of your superior intellect to put me in my place. You will always have a place in my heart for that. I will be eternally grateful

      • Pierre Elliott

        BEATRIZ IGNORE THIS FOOL. SHE DID THE SAME THING TO ME….YOU PROVE YOUR POINT AND THEN SHE HAS NOTHING TO SAY..

        FOR SOME LIKE RITA TO DO WHAT SHE DOES MEANS–
        SHE HAS NO LIFE, LIKE I CAME IN HERE TO SEE OTHER COMMENTS; AND SHE *STILL* IN HERE AFTER LIKE 5 DAYS…

      • Rita Bookman

        No, you came in here because you got tired of hearing that little milk of magnesia you made cry for her real daddy

      • Pierre Elliott

        EVERYBODY RITA IS THE WHITE BLACK GIRL TROLL
        IGNORE HER AT ALL COSTS

      • Rita Bookman

        But you can’t even ignore me so how can you tell them to??? And from the looks of your FB page maybe you should make a troll page. I’m not even close to kidding, your mother has to be one of the ugliest women I’ve ever seen!!! And that isn’t even me trying to make you mad. She really does look like a gorilla and anybody that don’t believe me, just go look for yourself. I see why you’re so angry. I would too if my mother looked like Joe Frazier!!!

      • Joshua

        5 million non-Jews, 6 million Jews. More than half of all those killed were Jewish. The other 5 million were divided up among many different groups. The point you’re making is entirely irreverent. The number of deaths that occurred between minorities was incredibly disproportionate. It’s a lot easier to focus on the group that had it the worst.

        That said, I was born and raised in a religious, Jewish household. I now consider myself agnostic, but I attended two Jewish schools from kindergarten until my sophomore year of high school, and I can assure you that we learned a good deal about the Gypsies, homosexuals, and others who were persecuted in the Holocaust. Jews aren’t to blame if the rest of the world doesn’t want to focus on the other minorities. When I switched over to public school, I met people who’d never even heard of the Holocaust.

        Furthermore, you seem to be under the impression that no one cares about or mentions any of the other minorities who suffered. It’s not like people care at all about the LGBT community or anything. No, of course there wasn’t a bill just passed to pave the way for legalized gay marriage across the country. Don’t be ridiculous. And gays in Boy Scouts? That’ll be the day.

        You’re just an uneducated, bigoted idiot.

    • pauleyPee

      With all due respect to the horror that was Nazi’s rendition of a holocaust………. That holocaust was less than 10 years. The African-American slave holocaust lasted for upwards of 400 years. Indo-fijian slavery was more of an indetured servitude that only took 61k people… Other institutions of slavery were similar to that. In fact, the only people on the planet who are having as hard a time as Africans had (are still having) are those located in wartorn Islamic countries. With that said, you’re misformed and its a damn shame you’re hiding behind an avatar instead of standing by your comment with your true likeness.

      • skwirrl

        African American slave holocaust. That’s a good one. Whites are still
        slaves all through Eastern Europe. Black slavery is over cause nobody
        wants to f*ck a black girl.

    • Pierre Elliott

      FCUK YOU AND YOUR HOLOCAUST GODDAMN MICROWAVE FOOD

    • Pierre Elliott

      yeah thats why jew molest their own kids right?

    • Dwayne Nvo

      hitler should have killed all the jews

      v=gt3_xhsrBJU (youtube)

      • ChinotheJet

        and the award for most White Supremacist comment on a messageboard goes to….

      • Dwayne Nvo

        im black bitcccch,, watch the video first, then talk

      • Dwayne Nvo

        v=jwA8UCzD6H4
        v=YWMKjW6Va78
        v=0YvZ18EcM_c
        v=OXlQHusoY5c

    • Dwayne Nvo

      fukk the holohoax and all the 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,001 jews!!!

    • Dwayne Nvo

      FUKK ISRAEL

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  • Kevin Scales

    MISTAKES EVERYWHERE! But I like the article! I just wish you would have had someone else look it over!!!

  • Eshkol Rosenstein

    How dare you use your phone in the movie theatre, to take a photograph which you do not own the intellectual rights to use in the first place, and disrupt the enjoyment of the other people who also paid to see the movie. To make it worse you then try to defend your social faux pas by exclaiming “Das Raciss, Cracka”

    • pauleyPee

      LoL. I’m agreeing with a little bit of both sides on this one… But myself, I don’t allow people to call me out in public… Especially not the type of white people that I immediately identify as “white people”. So, I feel her. She responded correctly though… All it takes is a little patience and a little wit.

    • Pierre Elliott

      GOT A FRESH MICROWAVE THAT SEATS 50

  • slipperypeople

    You spelled Belafonte wrong.

    • Pierre Elliott

      KISS MY BLACK ASS

      • Rita Bookman

        Do you kiss your white baby with that mouth???

      • Pierre Elliott

        DO YOU SWALLOW MY APE CUM?

      • Rita Bookman

        No…that’s what your white woman should have did, and maybe she wouldn’t have made that ugly little baby of yours

      • John Incognito

        Ah, your true niggery is coming out. Let it flow. We know that you have no control of your ape-like tendencies. Just be what you are.

  • Pierre Elliott

    TO THE WHITE PEOPLE, THAT COME IN HERE TO CRITICIZE.

    YOU ARE LOSERS ALL OF YOU…..ITS LIKE A PERSON TALKING ABOUT AN ISSUE.
    AND THEN ANOTHER PERSON SAYING: I DONT UNDERSTAND YOU, CAUSE YOU MOVED FUNNY…

    I HAVE MANY MANY WHITE FRIENDS EVEN WHITE PEOPLE IN MY FAMILY AND I WILL TELL YOU THIS:

    YOU ” TYPE” OF WHITES GIVE ALL OTHER WHITE PEOPLE A BAD NAME.
    YOU ARE THE NGGER YOU SO VERY MUCH WANT TO SAY…..

    I MEAN EVERRY WHITE PERSON ( in this room ) WETHER THEY ARE FAKE OR REAL IGNORES WHAT IS BEING DISCUSSED AND TALK ABOUT MOOT POINTS..

    GRAMMAR, REALLY? ARE YOU ALL THAT RETARDED AND SMALL TOWN MINDED? I CAN see MOST OF YOU HAVENT GONE FAR IN LIFE CAUSE YOUR MENTALITY SHOWS .

    I CAN SEE THE MAJORITY OF YOU WORK WITH YOUR HANDS OR AS CASHIERS.

    BLACK PEOPLE BUILT THIS COUNTRY.
    WE WERE HERE AS SLAVES DOING LABOR, WHO ELSE WAS DOING THE WORK?

    NOT THE WHITES, THEY WERE TOO BUSY TELLING SLAVES THIS AND THAT..

    AND TODAY WE HAVE WHITE PEOPLE TELLING BLACK PEOPLE TO PULL UP YOUR BRITCHES OR BOOT STRAPS…

    HAHAHAHHAAAAAAA ITS WHITE AMERICANS LIKE YOU, THE WORLD HATES.

    AND UNTIL YOUR KIND GETS ITS MIND TOGETHER, THE REST OF THIS COUNTRY AND WORLD WILL PASS YOU BY…

    AS WAS SAID BY A *WHITE* SOCIAL HISTORIAN

    ” THE WHITE MAN NEEDS TO REALIZE THAT THE WORLD IS CHANGING.
    ITS NO LONGER HIS, AND THE MORE HE HOLDS ON TO THAT OLD CONSTRUCT, HE WILL BE PASSED. AND LEFT IN THE PAST, WHILE THE WORLD PROGRESSES”

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    • Rita Bookman

      Cool story Bro

    • skwirrl

      HAHAHAH At blacks building this country. That’s why Africa is the shining beacon of the world. You built that. I’d say if anybody built this country it was whites vision accomplished with Asian labor. Asians had it worse than blacks ever did but since they aren’t pathetic victims they’ve achieved anyways.

      • greenhouse records

        1st Africa is continent not a country so it would be ignorant to compare the U.S. to Africa. Africa is the center of all knowledge. Get your mind right. Also dont believe the picture of Africa the U.S.A. paints. I have friends from different countries in Africa and they can vouch that there are parts of Africa that are as civilized, industrialized, and developed as the places in the U.S. Also there are many places in the U.S. the look like 3rd world cointries.

      • Weedras

        if your dumbass had paid more attention in history and geography class you’d realize Africa is a continent not a country, and all the countries were pilfered for their resources an act that is still prevalent today… keep up the ignorance we’ll see how far it gets you…

  • skwirrl

    Hey Trayvon. Keep up the victim complex. You’re in a movie – stop yelling at the screen and put your damn phone away.

    • ChinotheJet

      harsh. why are you getting so emotional and bringing up a slain teenager to express your anger about movie indiscretions?

    • Weedras

      you think you’re funny with that?

  • OReillyJewFRO

    Black people are allowed to be disruptive during movies because of slavery and countless other injustices. It’s like an unwritten rule. White people who complain about it are just racist.

    • ChinotheJet

      seriously, i’ve been black all my life and i’ve never thought that way. im an avid film watcher, and there’s nothing that i hate more than people using their phones/talking during movies. As soon as the little cartoon says to turn your phones off I double check to make sure its powered down.

      • OReillyJewFRO

        I don’t know man. It got so bad at one theater I started thinking “Maybe the black people just buy tickets to ruin it for the white people. Like, that’s better than the show for them”. I used to get mad but ever since then I started driving a few towns over to the burbs. Peaceful viewing since then.

      • G. Avant

        I know right, because white people are so innocent and quiet all of the time. They never even make a peep during a movie lmao. I swear a lot of you all are delusional and completely out of touch with reality. I attend a majority white school and if I was to come to conclusions about white people from their ignorant behavior I’d steer clear of all of you, but I don’t, because I’m not an idiot lol

      • OReillyJewFRO

        White people aren’t more innocent at all. They just, for whatever reason, know how to sit still and shut up for a few hours during a movie. It’s a skill that eludes most black people.

      • G. Avant

        Well I’ll have to beg to differ due to personal experience. White people can run their mouths with the best of them in a movie theater.

      • you said it all. why go to the movies and not enjoy yourself like you’ve been to the funeral, you move a leg its a problem. fake smile, fake talk..

      • ChinotheJet

        Respect. I love my people, but i’ll never watch another movie in Magic Johnson Theater again. Word to .

    • G. Avant

      What are you talking about? That’s obviously not the point she was trying to make

  • Judy Ambrose

    Get over it!! We’ve all been persecuted, bullied or whatever you want to call it. It hurts, but in the end, you have to suck it up, pull up your boot straps and SURVIVE. So move on, get a job and earn your way out.

    • Weedras

      the article wasn’t a complaint or even anything close to that… and there’s no earning your way out of being looked down upon when you’re being looked down on because of the color of your skin…

  • Dan_Tebasco

    Ugh Oprah Winfrey in the movie? That might put me off from enjoying it…

  • Weedras

    Wow! this article is swirling with disgusting ignorant comments… smh… some of you are an embarrassment and you act as if you’re some how better than others.. when you’re some pathetic individuals…

    • OReillyJewFRO

      I am better than others. Not all, just the ones who can’t shut up for 110 minutes while i’m trying to watch a movie that I paid for.

  • Bleau Gumms

    cry more darkie

  • i still don’t get it. this people are boring. one day my kid tried to be white i beat her mouth..

  • Raina [ रैना पूनम ]

    Read. I can’t help but feel that the woman felt the need to co-opt the space, show the writer where they came from and how even in a space where race and Blackness are being talked about, where the oppression of Black people is being discussed. Just adds insult to injury. I love the piece. Also what are these comments? Did the writer not mention that famous white people were pulling out their phones, but it was this person that was disciplined by another adult?? like, really?