The above movie was made in 1976 and it was a semi-historical look at the Negro Major Leagues of the 1930’s. It starred Billy Dee Williams as a charismatic star pitcher in a league of undiscovered talent. Also manning his team was James Earl Jones, being one of the Negro Leagues most prolific homerun hitters. And lastly and who can forget Richard Pryor trying to pass himself off as Cuban. Talk about fuzzy math…
Below is that movie and I think, it should be understood the context of the times the true greatness and soul of a people starving for their own heroes, on their own terms. Rather than do something construction it becomes all about you. It is political correctness run amok. It
The movie is comic ‘gold’ and with it gives us an impression of a world largely unknown to whites. And for the people who talk about Blaxploitation go take another bong hit. It is criticism with no object except self-aggrandizement. It is not about you. It is about Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Bob Gibson and many more. People who suffered Jim Crowe and have to listen to white people playing politics with all our lives.
We are all human and all have the potential for good. We can try and make a difference finding a way to unite us and break down stereotypes from all sides. It is looking for good and turning over rocks to find things that make us shout in one voice about harmony than discord.
A good series about how things are changing from the heartbreak of the 60s both from the black and white perspectives is ‘The 60s’. Julia Stiles goes through a lot as does her brother who comes back broken because of the Vietnam War.
I have ties to the Tuskegee Airman and I have a project in mind that could ultimately make a difference for all. We can make a difference and I promise to make an impact where mainly people just rant, trying to score points and kiss up.
I want MLK Day to be more than a holiday. What does it do for anyone in the way it is celebrated? This is all about inclusiveness and what Martin Luther King had in mind.