While film and television should never serve as substitutes for actual research and education about a subject, it is troubling that Tarantino is attempting to position himself as an authority on slavery by denouncing one of the few nationally televised works that has broached the subject in over thirty years. However flawed “Roots” may be, there is nothing in Tarantino’s resume that future generations can look back to and hold up as scholarly treatise on any topic except maybe racism, rape and bondage.
Positioning “Django” as being more authentic by saying “Roots” pulled punches is like Beanie Sigel calling out Melle Mel for not offering a more graphic depiction of inner city life in “The Message.”
Jay-Z has built a stadium full of seats Tarantino needs to have…
“[And if I can die having brought any light, having exposed any meaningful truth that will help destroy the racist cancer that is malignant in the body of America- then, all of the credit is due to Allah.] Only the mistakes have been mine.”
—Alex Haley and Malcolm X, from The Autobiography of Malcolm X (thanks, coconutlight)
“Dr. King works 20 hours a day, travels 325,000 miles and makes 450 speeches a year on behalf of the Negro cause, and he still finds the time to visit the sick and help the poor, among his congregation at Ebenezer Baptist church.”