I shared a clip from Al Jolson's 1934 short film Goin to Heaven on a Mule some years ago. It still resonates.
Continuing with our conversation about the white privilege infused reaction by some film critics to the film 12 Years a Slave, I wonder if in the future, perhaps the enslavement of black Americans should be depicted in a happy and fanciful way in order to soothe white folks' feelings and anxieties?
Would this not protect the tender sensibilities of film viewers and cultural critics who find white on black violence and cruelty too uncomfortable, "theatrical", and "exploitative?"
A remake of films such as Goin to Heaven on a Mule would cater to Whiteness, its racial myopia, and how there are a pitiful group of black and brown conservatives who yearn for a return to the good old days of imagined and fanciful white benevolence on the slave plantations of the Old South. Times were oh so simple then...were they not? Or are such opinions exclusive to self-described white trash like the TV show Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson?
Life here in Age of Obama, post civil rights, America is too stressful me. I am going to buy a ticket to Al Jolson's version of black people's heaven on Kayak.com. My watermelon fueled flight leaves on Friday afternoon of this week. Are any of you coming along with me? What should we expect once our delayed, and quite late plane, arrives there?