My sister, Adriane, told me about this movie, and it definitely sounds like a movie I want to see. We may try to squeeze it in this weekend.
from Adriane's blog, May 12, 2005
It's a movie.
Go to see it.
In brief: It's about how racism or racial bias in some form or another is just below the surface (and often out in the open) in every single one of us. The reviews are mixed. My take on the reviews is that they represent not what people think of the movie, but what people feel about racism in the United States and their willingness to have it discussed out in the open. Social class is also part of the discussion and is very counter-cultural for the moment. We are more likely to hear about class than race today. In fact I heard a woman call in to a radio show just today and say that she was tired of people talking about race. "We are just trying to get along." I couldn't believe she said that. Did she hear herself? This movie says, yes, there are issues of class, but race is and seems destined to remain, the ranking challenge in this country.
My review: It is blunt and in your face and just the kind of thing that we hate in the United States when it comes to race. After a first viewing, I am a major fan of the movie. I plan to buy it when it becomes available on DVD and use it in courses.
More commentary to follow on my ranting blog after I see it again tonight and let it stew for a few days.
See my ranting blog next week for my musings.