"Mixed Perspectives and Mixed Conclusions"
Before I begin this blog, I first want to give thanks to God for His goodness and mercy which endures forever. Secondly, I want to thank all the men and women in uniform in all the armed forces, who served our nation in the name of freedom and democracy. You are remembered. Your integrity, spirit and love for God, Honor and Country is duly noted.
Now on to Mixed Perspectives and Mixed Conclusions. In the production of movies like Django, Amistad, Roots, Lakeview Terrace, Band of Angels, Imitation of Life, Jungle Fever and Do The Right Thing, (some of these are quite old),... wherein, each of them share a common theme of "race" creatively linking them together, along with the dynamic screenplay of violence, and the pushing of the envelope of racial inclusion confronted with national exclusion,... How are we to discern our path of celebration and righteousness with hate, psychological brainwashing, the duality of racism and death playing such a key and even major role in these movies?
As miniature historians, we launch our perspectives with a version of the historical truth given us or that which we gathered on our own. Can we rely on that to draw a sound conclusion? And is this conclusion the truth - about either race? Can we construct a conclusion of victory if I kill my brother, be him black or white?
Imagine the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) killing, i.e., lynching more than 5,000 African American men and women during an 80 to 100 year period some label American's darkest racial hour, prompting Dr. King's "I HAVE A DREA," speech. Now imagine Black-On-Black-Crime in the modern era being responsible for 70,000 homicides in a ten year period, surpassing the number of soldiers we have lost in he last three military conflicts. What conclusion therein, does one draw about the altruism of one's race?
If Django kills all the bad white people and all the bad black people who emerge as traitors (Uncle Tom's), and we find ourselves applauding at the close of the film, what just happened? Have we graduated up or spiraled down "To Django or Not to Django" [that is the question].
The amazing cinematography of the movie "Guess Whose Coming To Dinner" directed by Stanley Kramer in 1967, staring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, who play Matt and Christina Drayton along with the legendary and iconic Sidney Poitier who plays Dr. John Prentice, an intelligent but Black doctor falls in love with their daughter Joey played by Katharine Houghton. Not only did this Black & White engagement challenge the Draytons, but America as well.
It was an hour and 48 minutes not long forgotten. It was advertised, "A Love Story of Today." Imagine that, a love story of today in 1967, with the pairing a black man and a caucasian woman. Meanwhile, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, just 113 days after its December 12th release date. We live in a society where even the good guys get killed for being good. Perhaps singer John Lennon said it best, "Imagine there's no countries. It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion, too. Imagine all the people, living life in peace,... You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one."
We live in a world of "Mixed Perspectives and Mixed Conclusions" gained from fears, lies and perpetuated hate, too often fueled by ignorance, pride, power, money and ego. Let us find a truth void of our temptation for the absolute and allow the human species to exercise the beauty of being flawed. This is Dr. Reynolds.
Stay tuned for my next blog, "What I saw different at a High School Graduation"