Just if anyone was wondering WHY the NYPD hates Mayor Bill DeBlasio so much: he openly admitted he sometimes worried about his black son and what would happen if he got into confrontations with the police.
That is literally all he did and now they want to ruin him.
Written and directed by Roger Allers, the film—which premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival—intersperses Gibran’s poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz and Mohammed Saeed Harib, and features music by Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Yo-Yo Ma.
Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Wallis), out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home - but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion.
The causes celebrities feel comfortable backing – and those they do not – speak volumes. And it’s not pretty
“Moreover, white people are not held to the same standard of radical inclusivity. As I watched multiple white celebrities don the stage and stand in solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack and other innocent bystanders, I marveled at the privilege that they had of being specific. Even though some people of color were casualties of the attacks in Paris, by and large this was an attack on white French satirists whose bread and butter was the routine disrespect of the Muslim community. Attacks on largely white victims received a huge and committed show of solidarity, while the Black Lives Matter Movement that has consumed our news cycle for the last four months was apparently not even worthy of mention.
That this happened on the same night that “Selma,” a film that has come under much fire for its refusal to tell a white savior narrative favoring LBJ, received no awards, perhaps matters, too.
It would be impolitic to say that Selma received no awards because of white liberal racism. I don’t particularly believe that. But I do wonder if America is really ready for a world in which black people are entrusted to narrate their own freedom stories and freedom dreams. Can white Americans deal with not being at the center of the black freedom narrative? Why is it the expectation that our history would favor our most ardent villains? Can white people really stand knowing that in the broader black narrative of the civil rights movement, we are not especially enamored of white heroes?
The attacks on Charlie Hebdo are absolutely devastating. But the Je Suis Charlie movement among white American liberals is nothing short of disingenuous. It represents an attempt to displace black people from the center of a political moment that has been about state-sanctioned terror against black people. The fervor of white celebrities to speak of their white counterparts abroad while managing not to say even one word about the movements for racial justice happening here at home strikes me as being part and parcel of liberal white dishonesty on questions of race. In an award ceremony that took great care to express solidarity with victims of terror, that no reference was made to Michael Brown or Eric Garner or Tamir Rice is telling. That #BlackLivesMatter did not punctuate either Common or John Legend’s comments or the comments of any white presenter or awardee, when they so clearly should have, suggests that we are a country profoundly antagonistic to the reality of our own capacity for brutality and violence toward people of color.
White celebrities saw no issue with standing in solidarity with a newspaper that routinely antagonizes Islamic communities under the auspices of free speech. Freedom of speech is, of course, fundamental to creative practice, and defense of it is warranted. But failure to stand for freedom of speech, without also acknowledging the ways it has been used by Charlie Hebdo to antagonize Muslims is absolutely egregious.
I’m not saying blame the victim. I am suggesting that apparently — to riff off an old hashtag from feminist activist Mikki Kendall — #solidarityisforwhitepeople. I am suggesting that the clear political recentering of whiteness that I witnessed at the Golden Globes, amid all the funny moments and deserved tributes to good work, give lie to the liberal assertion that “all lives matter.” When Common, a black man, stands and acknowledges that all lives matter, but white people stand and only acknowledge themselves, there is no integrity to the assertion of inclusivity.
And as we look ahead this week to Oscar nominations, we cannot forget that this is the kind of political climate in which a magnificent film like “Selma” is being received. In 1965, it took the televised images of white brutality against peaceful citizens to move white people to action. Fifty years later, and white people simply refuse to acknowledge the brutalities we have all witnessed over these last months. Given this refusal of public acknowledgment, I am unsure what it will take to raise white liberal consciousness to an extent that will make a political difference. But I do expect some quid pro quo. If I defend the right of white women to call out a black man for rape, despite their own history of complicity in acts of sexual violence and state-sanctioned terror against black men, then I expect white folks to do the far more basic work of simply acknowledging that their lives aren’t the only lives that matter.”
I cannot speak much for Fox News, or MSNBC, or any other ‘news’
network, since I do not watch them, but I do need to publicly say how
deeply unnerved I am with CNN and the media in general for ignoring what
is important. While CNN continues around the clock coverage of Bill
Cosby (Rapist), Donald Trump (Racist), and Ethan Couch (RIch boy who
murdered 4 people and got away with it because of his wealth), there are
3 other extremely important stories that are not being covered, all of
which are vital to Americans and our future as a whole.
first story is one many of you have not heard at all, and that is the
methane leak in Los Angeles that has released 150 million pounds of gas
into the atmosphere, and will continue to leak for at least 3-4 more
months when it is expected to be plugged. The disaster is being called
the worst environmental hazard since the Deep Water Horizon explosion/BP
oil spill in 2010. In October, a well owned by Southern California Gas
Company in Los Angeles began leaking the toxic and invisible gas into
the sky, prompting over 2,000 evacuations but dodging media coverage
until recently when small news outlets began spreading the urgent news.
Despite the urgency, CNN and other major news outlets are more focused
on Bill Cosby, an important story, but one which can be summed up rather
quickly, leaving time for other major news… like this massive
The second story is one many of you
follow because you feel the Bern… That’s right, I am talking about
Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont who is taking the race for the
White House to new levels. But according to the mainstream media, from
CNN to Stephen Colbert, Bernie Sanders doesn’t have a chance. He has set
records - garnering a record 2.3 million donations, he also draws
crowds in the tens of thousands, more than other candidates, but you
simply don’t hear much about him on the news, if anything at all. He is
currently leading several polls and has a good chance to defeat Hillary
Clinton in several key Democratic states, but he is running a grassroots
campaign, meaning he doesn’t take money from the corporations like
Hillary, he wants it from the people, like you and me. His ideas are
revolutionary, and his plans are bold, but they are exactly what many
feel we as a country need. Don’t let Time Warner, one of Hillary’s top
donors and parent of CNN, fool you, Americans are feeling the Bern and
if he were to receive equal time as Donald Trump’s insane and hateful
rhetoric, he would take the election by storm.
And lastly, we
cannot ignore what is happening in Cleveland after the 'no indictment’
decision in the murder of Tamir Rice. Tamir was a 12-year-old child,
playing with a toy gun in a park, when someone called 911 concerned
about what was going on. Police arrived on scene and did not even allow
the cruiser to come to a stop before an officer opened fire, striking
the child. The officers then turned away from Tamir as he lay on the
ground, still alive but in desperate need of emergency aid. They
detained the boy’s sister, brother, and threatened his mother while they
stood by watching him bleed. Tamir died in Hospital the next day. The
officer who pulled the trigger was not charged. And now, the people are
again taking to the streets to shout out in anger - “No justice, no
peace.” They are not rioting, they are not burning buildings down, but
they are angry and frustrated, and they are demanding change. You
wouldn’t know about this if you watch CNN though. Let’s face it, they
only care if black people are being violent, if tear gas and fires are
filling the night sky. That is when CNN will start coverage, because to
them, it is not about the death of a child at the hands of corrupt
police, it is not about the trend of police brutality against people of
colour, it is about ratings. Remember Baltimore? CNN covered the 'riots’
and kept talking about the CVS that got burned down, the cars that got
flipped, the windows that were broken, the mobs of angry black people in
the streets… but they didn’t cover the reason things seemed so
violent: people are scared, their children are being murdered and
justice is not being served. CNN is ignoring Cleveland now, likely
hoping it turns into another Baltimore or Ferguson, but until 'riots’
break out, they have more important things to cover than a child’s
death. Like the rich white boy who killed 4 people and then used his
wealth as an excuse because he didn’t know any better. He is currently
in Mexico, trying to pay off officials to avoid deportation. I am sure
you all knew that though, since it is on all the news, but did you know
Tamir Rice was a talented artist? I bet not.
Three stories, lots
of intentional cover ups, very little air time. Stay ignorant America.
Why should we care about the environment, the future of our country, or
the corrupt system that is leading to the deaths of our children?