Thursday, March 25, 2010

black and white

I just watched The Blind Side last night. I can’t quite decide how I feel about it. If you don’t know, it’s about a well-off white family in Memphis that takes in an essentially homeless black teenage boy who goes on to become a star football player. Sandra Bullock was definitely great in it, obviously. And Quinton Aaron is beautiful, both physically and spiritually.

The story is based on a true one so, in a way, you can’t say that it’s the old Hollywood formula of black and/or native people needing to be "saved" by white people (something Avatar got some flack over). But I think it does reinforce the mentality that black people are somehow incapable of getting their shit together. At least poor black people. The flip side of that is: of course this kid would have had a hard time getting his shit together on his own. His mother was a drug addict and he was surrounded by violence.

But what if it had been a well-off black family that took him in instead? Would the story still get made into a movie? Would it have gotten as much attention as this one did?

Or what if it had been a poor white boy that this white family took in? Is that still interesting?

Or, now here's a CRAZY thought, what if a black family took in a white boy?

My guess is each of these different combinations would be interesting (and this movie was certainly worth watching). And each might tell us something different about ourselves.


Bethany said...

great commentary, you're right. i had similar thoughts but wasn't able to put them into words like you so perfectly did.

Petit fleur said...

Interesting thoughts.

I was wondering whether it was going to be a cheese fest, even though it was based in truth... then Sandra won the Oscar, and I do love her, and the idea of the story (any people helping others to be successful...), so I'm glad to hear it's good. I will watch it on Netflix!

Ms. Moon said...

You make great points and I agree with them. So many layers to the onion of our culture, especially as applies to race.
Sometimes I just don't even know what I think about things.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Thanks for your thoughts on this, Steph. It is definitely on my list to watch.

Love you tons. Have a great weekend.


Sarcastic Bastard said...

I forgot to tell you that I watched this over the weekend. I really enjoyed it.



Elizabeth said...

I'm with you -- I found the movie entertaining and it's certainly an inspirational story, but these sorts of stories always make me wince. Growing up in the south like I did and feeling distinctly like an outsider, mainly because I'm not FROM the south -- well I can not entirely relate. I did read that book The Help and it REALLY made me wince. It's insufferable, actually.

Thanks, lately, for your kind comments on my blog!