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Dec262011

The Help

   I watched the movie The Help on Christmas.  It was a well done movie with an excellent cast.  It tugged at your heart, and definitely manipulated your emotions.  Good vs. evil, black vs. white, love vs. hate.  All the great oppositional forces that make for a good movie.  But the world is not so clear cut and distinct. The world is more grey.  In the movie, almost all of the white characters were racist, hateful, with few redeemable qualities.  Most of the blacks were saint like, wise, and holy.  One arrived at the end of the movie, being ashamed of white culture, at least in the evil subculture of Mississippi.  One felt only reverence for those brave black folk who suffered and overcame in Jim Crow.  But such a view is Hollywood, in my opinion.  It isn't so simplistic.  There are indeed unsaintly black folk. There are good, caring white folk who yet supported the Jim Crow system. 

    The world is grey, and I don't have any easy answers for race issues. But I do think the world is more complex than Hollywood claims.  Many blacks are coming to the position that voluntary segregation is empowering, not prejudicial.  Black schools, with local control, black organizations that work for ethnic empowerment, black solidarity and pride.  We may come full circle, where separation is discovered as an answer and not a problem.  At least the option of separation should be on the table. 

     I am a firm believer in the local community, (city-state) system where different localities should be allowed to try different approaches to reality.  Because the world is grey, with no easy or universal answer, integration can be tried. Cosmopolitan synthetic society may be attempted.  But segregation, unitary ethnic and cultural experiments should also be allowed.  And what is good for the gander should be be okay for the goose.  If ethnic enclaves are allowed for black folk to discover and expand on their culture and heritage, it should also be allowed for those of European extraction.    

     The Help represented a view, a biased view, but still a view of the world we live in.  But it should not be the only view.  Right now, in today's multicultural zeitgeist, it is the only acceptable perspective.  And that is the paradox with multicultural thinking. In the name of the many, we are force into the one. And the one is limiting, and in many cases degrading to European Americans.  And therefore many of us become heretics and rebel against that zeitgeist, searching for another, more balanced, perspective.  Only time will tell if we are successful.  

 

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