Oliver Stone & Michael Arceneaux Miss the Mark on MLK Movie

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  • GreenInOC

    I so disagree with you on this.

    People are people and NONE of us are perfect. It’s okay to learn and understand that our heroes made mistakes, that they weren’t perfect in every way. Without knowing this we think we can’t make a difference, we can’t do something because we aren’t perfect. Without insisting on this, we continue to perpetuate the lies of our nation.

    “One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. We must not remember that Daniel Webster got drunk but only remember that he was a splendid constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner…and simply remember the things we regard as credible and inspiring. The difficulty. Of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect men and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth.” -W.E.B. Du Bois

    I was an adult when I picked up “Lies My Teacher Told Me” which then spurred me on to read and devour more. It was years later that I was in a Peace Studies class where the “underbelly” of the Civil Rights Movement was being discussed – it was actually a discussion about the truth of the adoption of non-violence in the movement. It was during that lecture that I first heard the name Bayard Rustin. Why did it take that long to hear about him? Was it because we need to badly to heroize? By doing so, we leave out the truth and that is not acceptable.

  • Dionne

    Well said. *googles Bayard Rustin

  • Dionne

    Great piece Jenn! I often think of patriots as revisionists! This post has expanded my perspective.

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  • Shawna

    Well, Hollywood did give us Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter….they’re pretty twisted.