28 January 2015

A Belated Happy MLK Day and Condolences to the Ava DuVernay and her Film Selma

“Over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action'; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.'”

--- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From Birmingham Jail

And about "Selma" ...

It is not surprising that such a beautiful, historically accurate, well-executed, poignant, and consequential film about a complicated, nuanced, important man, made by a black female filmmaker, would be nearly overlooked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but it is all the more insulting when an insipid,  historically inaccurate, poorly-executed, superficial, jingoistic piece of propaganda about a simplistically-minded potential psychopath is embraced by moviegoers and the Academy alike. 

The Game Never Named, the Addendum Never Spoken

Remember that silly game we used to play with fortune cookies from Chinese restaurants? Maybe people still play it. It’s the one where...