I’ve been trying to find and watch as many Best Picture-winning movies as possible over the past few weeks. My search led me to run into the iconic film, Gone With the Wind, on HBO Max. I knew the film had racist elements but I decided to try and watch it anyway. I couldn’t make it ten minutes into the movie and this bit was what ultimately broke me.
I read these words and was instantly infuriated, baffled, and downright horrified that a movie like this could still be available to watch on streaming platforms.
As a young black woman, the idea of slavery is one of pure horror. This “Civilization” this movie speaks of so fondly includes thousands of young women like myself who were beaten, raped, and who knows what other atrocities they dealt with, had to face on a daily basis.
I understand that this film may be well-written and maybe the first movie to award an African-American actor an Oscar but I will not, as a proud black woman, rest my eyes on something that makes slavery seem like something that was good.
Especially! at a time when our country is being faced with the brutality of policemen hurting and killing black people. I just can’t do it.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a tremendous day.