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Nigger Please..Seriously, please get a grip

Okay, I am a day late and several dollars short in watching Django Unchained. Although I normally avoid Tarantino's films because of the level of violence, I felt compelled to watch this movie. I remembered the biggest thing of the movie was Spike Lee's criticism of the movie.  There were also concerns over the usage of the word nigger in the movie.  If you follow my blog then you know, I am not oversensitive and am willing to type the word nigger in my blog.  Having seen the movie, something Mr. Lee stated he would not do, I regret not having seen it at the movie theater.  In truth, I regret not having the money to see it at the theater at the time of its release.  I can only imagine the laughter of the theater patrons. 

Mr. Lee would be well served to watch the movie before he makes any such statements in the future.  I am the great-great granddaughter of a slave.  My great-grandmother was born in 1865.  I live in Mississippi on land that once housed my enslaved ancestors.  I am the result of a slave owner impregnating a slave child on his farm.  All of that said, I found no offense in Django.  Maybe my money is too short for me to be offend by a movie.  Maybe I am more offended by the shenanigans of the Treyvon Martin case. Maybe I am offended by those faking outrage from their NYC high-rise.  Time for some people to get a grip and not a gripe.

Slavery was not a mockery in this movie although the movie was funny.  Slavery was not presented as something wonderful as shown in old Disney movies.  The actual horror of slavery was presented in this movie without beating the hell out of present day American Whites.  It is my hope that this film helped others to understand the legacy of slavery that exists in 2013 America.  Barack Obama is having a hard time as president because of the institution of slavery in America. 

"Nigger" in the White House is blinding many actual intelligent Americans to logic.   I read daily of the GOP denouncing their policies in an attempt to get the nigger out of the White House.  I digress, my point is the usage of "nigger" is not a reason to not watch the movie.    Although nigger was said often in this movie, it was said less than  heard in the average rap song.  Also, unlike the average rap song, it was used as it was meant, derogatorily.  I discourage my children from using the phrase "my nigga" given the history of Blacks in America.  I am amazed at the dejection amongst some Whites over the injustice of not being able to freely say "nigger".  It is my hope those who have seen Django Unchained walked away with a greater sense of what "nigger" really means.  I hope Blacks no longer say "my nigga" and that Whites are no longer dismayed over not being able to freely say "nigger". 

In America today we have real things over which we can all be offended.  I am offended by the shell game I am seeing on the Gulf Coast with money from the BP oil spill settlement.  I am offended by the usage of public funds to pay for charter schools.  (Google education Jim Crowe era).  I am offended by the leasing of public lands for drilling.  I am offended by the continued protection of corporations by our elected officials at the expense of the lives of the poor. I am offended by the low level of funds in my checking account.   I am not offended by history.  History happened.  We need to learn from history and not allow it to be repeated in any form. 


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/04/spike-lee-s-dissing-of-django-unchained-earns-both-ire-and-indifference.html

http://www.cracked.com/article_15677_the-9-most-racist-disney-characters.html

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