I feel what this commenter is saying. I also DON’T trust “Black men married to white women to truly tell ‘our story’” as African-Americans. I especially don’t trust Black men—particularly BM who are hooked up with nonblack women—to tell 3-dimensional, human stories concerning Black women. Black men’s track record of creating anti-BW trash while simultaneously lifting up the image of nonblack women speaks for itself. Based on their long-term track record, BM creatives don’t deserve any benefit of the doubt.
I don't really trust Black men married to white women to truly tell "our story". They always somehow, someway let white women off the hook for their role and actions during slavery/racism/Jim Crow/segregation, etc. Somehow, they always manage to make them "more sympathetic" or "not as bad" as the white man in the story. In this movie "12 Years A Slave", I hear the excuse given to the white woman (as implied through her portrayal) is that her evil is simply because she's hurt and angry at her philandering husband, who regularly slips into the slave quarters and takes advantage of Patsey. For these reasons alone, I will not be seeing the movie.
My opinion has nothing to do with being against IR - people can marry who they want - but I just notice that Black men are quick to point out the evils of white men's historic past, but give a pass to white women. I heard alot of hate and belly-aching over Rachel Jeantea for being an "embarrassing" witness during the Trayvon Martin trial, but crickets towards the majority white female jury who let a cold-blooded killer off.. . . I hear you, i'm just wary. Yes, I have done my best to work on projects that focus on helping Black girls change their outcomes to the positive. But no, I have not yet seen the movie. I don't see how seeing a movie will affect that change in any way. I would like to wait and read a review of the movie from a trusted source before I give my money to it, or most any other movie out of a Hollywood that is known to be extremely biased and prejudicial against Black women - no matter that a Director may be Black. . . .
Let’s see . . . who benefits if this movie—which is a dramatization of an African-American man’s autobiographical experience of being kidnapped into living in slavery with other African-Americans—is financially successful?
Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor benefits. Mr. Ejiofor is a foreign Black person, and not African-American (AA). Here’s a photo of Mr. Ejiofor and his current girlfriend, Sari Mercer.
There used to be a time when I thought it was automatically a good thing for more truthful stories to be told about slavery and other forms of oppression that AAs have endured. I don’t feel that way anymore. Because, unlike the strategic use that Jewish people make of their own Holocaust history, AAs misuse—and allow outsiders to profit from misusing—AA history.
Jewish people use TV movies and films about their Holocaust as political weapons to advance their group interests: (1) To cast themselves as perpetual victims in the public mind. And (2) to subtly delegitimize any criticism of the activities of modern-day Jewish people. These Holocaust movies reinforce the image of Jewish people as victims; not the reality of how there are disproportionate numbers of Jewish people exercising ownership and control of Hollywood companies, news media companies, financial institutions, and the professions (including higher education).
A few AA actresses appear to be getting a few supporting cast crumbs from this particular movie. But when you weigh the entire situation, this adds up to non-AA outsiders reaping THE LION'S SHARE of the material and career benefits of this flick (which is an adaptation of an AA person's autobiography). I can't support that.
As a people, we're allowing ourselves to be erased and/or replaced. Even down to allowing outsiders to tell our historical stories in place of us.
Like I said, reasonable minds can differ. But I don't support this.