Race and Historical Amnesia in ‘Green Book’

Arica L. Coleman
Mar 3, 2019 - 5:00
Race and Historical Amnesia in 'Green Book'

After the controversial film Green Book clinched the Oscar for Best Picture, leading critics have called it “the worst best picture winner since Crash.” While the film has drawn intense condemnation for its gross misrepresentation of pianist extraordinaire Dr. Don Shirley,...

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6 Replies to “Race and Historical Amnesia in ‘Green Book’”

  1. Thank you for this. As a first-generation Italian-American (with roots in Sicily) I am very conscious of the non-white origins of Italians in America. Of course, Italy has its own North-South issues, where the often darker-skinned Southerners are looked down upon by the North.

  2. Very interesting read and history lesson on early 20th century Italian-Americans. Makes me see A Bronx Tale and Do The Right Thing through a clearer historical lens

  3. This is Oprah and Gayle’s crowd. Nothing these people in Hollywood do to the black experience in the name of white politics, is too far gone to them.

  4. The idea of the melting pot was a hoax from the very beginning. Same as for integration which really turned out to be assimilation in many cases. People observe America through the lens of power. So many people of all ethnic backgrounds are willing to relinquish their identity and their heritage to gain entry into the hierarchy of Supremacy.

  5. Perhaps the most defining characteristic of “Amerikan” (immigrants who could be called white) is a the possession of a short memory. Forgotten are the people who originally populated this land. Forgotten are slaves from whom we robbed not only life and liberty, but the material wealth which they produced. Forgotten are our ancestors whose homes and shops and streets and places of worship were filled with the languages they brought from other places. Forgotten are the generations it took for English to become our dominant languages. Forgotten are the trades and education our ancestors brought with them. Forgotten are the deeds for stolen land awarded to them by building a home upon it. Forgotten are the tax breaks and the educations earned by being a “legacy.” Forgotten are the ways in which we silence with laws and death (in ways too numerous to list) all those who are not “us.” Seems all we can remember is the apocryphal story of how we pulled on our boot straps to get where we are today.

  6. Thanks so much everyone for reading and engaging in this conversation. It is so unbelievable yet not surprising that this movie was the book end to Black Panther. What a backlash. Next up is Taraji P. Henson’s new movie The Best of Enemies. Hollywood is such a mess.

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