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    Dan Backslide
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    Yeah, while it’s undeniable that black artists are best when it comes to this topic, I don’t think Mississippi Burning should be completely written off just because it’s made by white people.

    Watchmen was a fascinating view on racism and one of the most critically acclaimed projects of the past year, but it was made by a white man. That doesn’t invalidate it.

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    “The Color Purple” (1985)
    “Do the Right Thing” (1989)
    “Fruitvale Station” (2013)
    “Get Out” (2017)
    “Hoop Dreams” (1994)
    “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016)
    “Killer of Sheep” (1978)
    “Moonlight” (2016)
    “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (2009)
    “Sounder” (1972)

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    Avoid a lot of the films mentioned above, especially Green Book, The Help, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Blind Side. They’re films by white artists, made to make white audiences feel good about “how far we’ve come,” and they surround a white savior, instead of talking about the Black American experience. They are not helpful. Watch instead: -Do the Right Thing (essential viewing, especially right now) -BlackKklansman -If Beale Street Could Talk -Mudbound -The Color Purple -Get Out -Malcom X -Precious -Paris is Burning -Moonlight -Fences -A Raisin in the Sun If you want to learn about racial prejudice in America, you’ve got to watch some movies that are going to hurt and make you sad. You won’t learn anything from a feel-good movie about racism.

    Those films I’ve mentioned will never be avoided. Those films are significant and special. Just my opinion.

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    Those films I’ve mentioned will never be avoided. Those films are significant and special. Just my opinion.

    They’re not. Don’t continue to be part of the problem.

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    To Kill a Mockingbird tops them all.

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    The Joy Luck Club
    Gook
    American History X
    Bamboozled
    Brother Future
    Gran Torino
    The Great Debaters
    The Killing Fields
    Stand and Deliver
    Half Nelson

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    To call Green Book a white savior film devalues the term immensely. Normally, the white savior provides educational/moral/leadership help. Tony only provides physical help (something, it must be noted, Shirley is literally paying him to provide). Instead, we see Shirley as the more well-educated, the more refined, probably the better person. He’s the one who teaches Tony most of the lessons.

    I think the best definition of white savior is: “White savior refers to western people going in to “fix” the problems of struggling nations or people of color without understanding their history, needs, or the region’s current state of affairs.” Which Green Book certainly doesn’t fall under. However, I recognize there are different definitions that it might be easier to attack GB from. I still think it’s unfair, though.

    Is GB a comprehensive look at American racism? Absolutely not, nor is it intended to be. Is it the only film dealing with race relations you should watch? Certainly not. In fact, if you’re looking to movies alone to learn about racism, you’re probably doing something wrong.

    Finally, while Tony is the more defined of the two leads, that is largely because one of the screenwriters was his son. You can’t really begrudge the film that.

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    As far as Green Book goes, while I would say that it is a good film overall (and a great comedy), it’s definetely not the best film to watch if you want to educate yourself on the history of race relations in America. I think that one poster was right: films that educate you about racism need to be harsh and anger inducing, because that’s what it was really like. Green Book is none of those things: it’s a feel good film for sure.

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    One film I haven’t heard anyone mention yet is Just Mercy. I saw that film recently on Amazon Prime and it was super eye-opening and heartbreaking, with a ton a great, subtle performances (SAG’s made the right choice nominating Jamie Foxx). And while it’s not technically made by a black creator, Daniel Destin Cretin is a POC and adapted a book by Bryan Stevenson himself.

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    Some of y’all are still missing the overall point about Green Book, which is that it’s all a lie and is BEYOND racist. I mean, the fried chicken scene??? Seriously???

    Surprised that some of y’all haven’t listed Gone With the Wind and Birth of a Nation as great films that deal with racial prejudices.

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    One film I haven’t heard anyone mention yet is Just Mercy. I saw that film recently on Amazon Prime and it was super eye-opening and heartbreaking, with a ton a great, subtle performances (SAG’s made the right choice nominating Jamie Foxx). And while it’s not technically made by a black creator, Daniel Destin Cretin is a POC and adapted a book by Bryan Stevenson himself.

    Technically, I mentioned it briefly.  😉 I agree.

    As far as Green Book goes, while I would say that it is a good film overall (and a great comedy), it’s definetely not the best film to watch if you want to educate yourself on the history of race relations in America. I think that one poster was right: films that educate you about racism need to be harsh and anger inducing, because that’s what it was really like. Green Book is none of those things: it’s a feel good film for sure.

    Yes. As I said, Green Book is not THE movie to watch about race, it is A movie to watch about race. And again, alongside watching movies, one should be watching documentaries, reading books, and (gasp) talking to actual people.

    Some of y’all are still missing the overall point about Green Book, which is that it’s all a lie and is BEYOND racist. I mean, the fried chicken scene??? Seriously??? Surprised that some of y’all haven’t listed Gone With the Wind and Birth of a Nation as great films that deal with racial prejudices.

    You seem to have shifted your criticism of Green Book. There is not a ton of evidence to back the assertion that it is “all a lie,” and it is certainly not “BEYOND racist.” The fried chicken scene, I think, illustrates both Tony’s racism and Don’s upper-class northern background. It’s also quite funny: every time I each fried chicken now, I ask “what do we do with the bones?”

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    As a black person, I’m telling you that Green Book is racist.  Just walk away.

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    As a black person, I’m telling you that Green Book is racist. Just walk away.

    It is clear that I cannot convince you, so I’ll stop trying.

    But I just want to make it clear that Mahershala Ali probably disagrees with you. So does Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. As does Quincy Jones.

    In fact, I actually watched Green Book upon a hearty recommendation from an African-American friend of mine, who went and saw it with his family. They all enjoyed it.

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    The Color of friendship that was on disney channel comes to mind off the bat

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    Chile, Green Book is racist so was Gone With The Wind, the message behind Green Book is that bad.

    What’s even the message of Green Book? “Racism is bad??”

    Yeah we been fucking knowing that. Didn’t need a whyte to tell me that. Lol.

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