Movie Stereotypes Distort Political Reality

Thursday, 08 Nov 2012 12:13 PM

By Dr. Alveda C. King

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“The bottom line is simple: If a black person does a good impression of a thief, drug addict, prostitute, maid or athlete, you’ve got yourself a touchdown. The worst thing you can do, however, is play a role that communicates intelligence, integrity or courage . . . that’s “not realistic.” Dr. Boyce Watkins, movie critic.

All African-Americans don't vote for abortion and homosexuality and African-American actors deserve more Oscars for noble roles rather than for demeaning parts that seem to get all of the Hollywood buzz these days.

Denzel Washington arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of his latest movie, "Flight."
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Weary of the political hype that surrounded America's presidential election, I decided to take three of my adult children for sushi and a movie earlier this week. I truly wish now I had just gone back to my prayer closet instead.

But off to the restaurant and movies we trekked.

I forgot for a moment how much “Training Day” starring Denzel Washington traumatized me a few years ago, making me promise to be very careful when considering another Denzel film.

I had seen the trailers for his latest movie and decided that it was harmless enough. Well, harmless it was not.

The movie had so much gratuitous profanity and nudity that I kept exclaiming aloud how ridiculously unnecessary it all was. Denzel Washington is a brilliant actor, no doubt about that. And the movie had some notable teaching moments all in all.

Yet the raw portrayal of the main character and the admittedly talented caricature of the evangelical co-pilot and his wife neutralized some of the good that should have been the high point of the film.

What does this have to do with political stereotyping?

If anyone was listening — or really cared about the many African-Americans who are appalled by President Barack Obama’s liberal abortion/homosexual marriage agenda, they could discover that all African-Americans do not favor killing innocent babies or breaking down the natural family. They do not support abortion, homosexuality, fornication and adultery.

I’m sick and tired of personality contests and stereotyping while America is in crisis!

Now that the election is over, things most likely won't go back to business as usual — at least we better pray they don’t.

It's time to admit that we don't know everything and let God take the reins. Wake up!

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

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