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Did Africans sell fellow Africans into Slavery? (Videos)

Are you tired of Racist and/or uninformed people using the line, “Well you all sold your own people into Slavery”? I thought you would be. But NOW you have a weapon… Whenever that comes up, Post this video as a response. Another Truth and Edutainment Production.

"Is Michelle Obama A Man?" The Racist Implications (video)

NB Commentary: So, let’s talk about the racism and its implications on why folks believe Michelle Obama is a man. I briefly mention it in the 5th video in this series but I want to develop it a little more in this video.   Let me start by saying….. Racism/White Supremacy is a disease that has infected everyone, Black and White. The controllers felt that it was time to step it up a notch so they invented Racism/White Supremacy to enhance their control over the masses. Folks need to check out Tim Wise, a white boy, who candidly talks about Racism/White Supremacy/White Privilege.


Humans have always been discretionary in their interactions with other humans. It started with clans and tribes. Back in the ancient times, for the most part, everyone was of the same ethnic group so there was no need to promote separation by ethnicity. They would just divide themselves into clan groups, you know, the Hatfield’s and the McCoys, Hausa and the Fulani.  When the world became smaller due to humans moving out of their respective covens, they began to fear loss. This fear of loss caused them to be even more selective and exclusive. With the advent of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade indigenous peoples who already had their own clan identities were shipped into the Western world among mostly Europeans and their descendants.
Europeans were just as tribal as the Africans but now they had a new threat. The African. In order to preserve their place and protect their fears, they created the notion of race and race superiority.  I am not going to mention the names of the forerunners of this ideology, except to say, that I know the story, but I sometimes forget the names. Mr. Wise could probably give you those names and dates.
Over time, White supremacy became the calling card and Africans were relegated to the level of the underclass, ignorant, stupid, moronic with no moral values and no religion. Making these statements part of the educational system gave the Controllers ample ammunition to sustain their power, their property, their ideology and their Supremacy.
Politics became the stomping ground for the perpetration of the myth of racism as they separated the people into two groups. Whites and coloreds. they further instigated the divide by demonizing anyone who would want to protect and/or see the coloreds as equals with inherent human rights.
That started with the so-called Founders of this nation, most if not all whom were slave owners.  The so-called Founders did not have women or coloreds in mind when they said “all men are created equal.” They only had themselves and other rich landowners and bankers in mind. The words are lofty and people want to say them, but the intent was far from it.
The electoral college was established, and in counting the population of the United States, the African was considered 3/5 of a man in order to gain representation during the process of selecting the President of the United states. Blacks were only included because the southern states had a large population but did not feel they were equally represented, because they were not counting the Negroes. The 3/5th’s of a man clause was added, and clearly demonstrates the racism/white supremacy of those in power at the time.
The next move was to get the whites to rally behind the political leaders, even to their detriment and even against their own interests, if it meant that they could be part of the White Brotherhood, or the perceived White Privilege that would be granted to them due to the color of their skin. I could go on but I don’t want to make this video too long.
The whole thing is so convoluted.
Now, today, they are trying to say the Trump is dividing America. They are projecting their racism/white supremacy onto Trump. He gets to be the sacrificial lamb when in essence racism was there long before he got to the white house. Racism is a part of American culture. It is embedded into it.  And it is insidious and well hidden in many respects, not all, but in many.
So, when Obama became president the US, it showed just how divided this country was.  Some would like to say, they are not racist, because they voted for Obama. But, if you read articles and comments under them, you can get an idea of how racist folks really were. I believe they simply voted for him out of their desire to show the world, they were ready to open their hearts and minds. Unfortunately, as soon as he started doing stuff they didn’t like that old shoe came hurling out of the closet.
But you know what? I believe it’s all part of the agenda. It’s like slicing in to a whole pie.  You take one slice at a time till it’s all gone. Obama was used to start the pie slicing. The Puppet masters knew about the deep seated racism in this country because they spent centuries planting it. So, the horrible stuff that came out after he won, along with the death threats, to the point that they had to give his limo with extra protection,  Folks have tried to jump the wall, they arrested skin heads who threatened his life, and the Tea Party/Birther movement emerged with Trump at the helm. Quiet as it’s kept, blacks are still fighting for equal rights as citizens of the United States and they have birth certificates stating they were born here.
Attacks by the police skyrocketed and then, throw in the numerous false flag shootings and blaming Obama for being a Muslim, and you are down to a very few slices left to completely divide the country.
Personally, living in this country every day, what they should be saying is that the Obama’s needed their heads examined for even putting their lives and their children’s lives in jeopardy. Folks claim they are not racist, but they don’t understand how we process racism nor have they been the brunt of it.
We know that to call Michelle a man because she has masculine features is racist and goes all the way back to the slave trade.  We know that exploiting our women and their sexuality goes back there too. We know that the model of beauty and femininity is that of a white woman. We know that saying Obama is married to a man is racist because they are saying he is not man enough too have a real woman.  We also know that the cry for Obama to defend his woman is a reminiscent of the many times, our men were not even allowed to defend their women and had to watch their women abused in the most horrific ways.
Why is it that they see African Americans, in the position of POTUS and FLOTUS and point out that they are using taxpayers money? It’s a slap in the face, as if to say they are welfare recipients, another racist slur.  But isn’t that what Presidents and their wives and families do. They are getting paid to lay their lives out there for the entire world to scrutinize and that is how this system is set up, to use Taxpayer’s money. They make bombs to kill people with taxpayers’ money.
We know that black manhood has been the brunt of racism from saying that Michael Brown looked like a big beast, and he scared the Police officer. to making Obama effeminate.
We know this, but today, many don’t realize that they are racist, and that’s why I am bringing the aspect of racism being the hidden reason that folks want to believe Michelle Obama is a man.
Racism has gone into the dark corner of this country’s mind. It has been glossed over, powder puffed, affirmative actioned, and regentrified in communities across America, however, it still exists, because It’s etched into the DNA of whites and blacks, here and around the world.  Whether they were a party to any of it, the Ancestors, black and white, were.
African Americans do not have the luxury of forgetting that racism/white supremacy exists in this country. We see it everyday in some of the most insidious ways. We know what it looks like. We brace ourselves for it whenever we interact with White folks.  We know that sometimes they just don’t realize they are being racist.  Some of us know, that giving us a White God to Worship, is the most racist thing that could have ever been done to the Black Man.
The only way to stop it is for White folks to step out of their denial and accept that it’s there. Like an old shoe left in the closet, collecting dust, it’s still there and that old shoe, when the individual feels the most threatened, will be hurled.  Whites will then have to examine the many ways they show it and stop it!
White folks have to face the ugly past of their Ancestors and examine the thousands of ways their Ancestors perpetrated racism/white supremacy and be honest that it ain’t all gone, there’s still some tentacles of it left in them.
And then, and only then will white folks be in the position to cut away the tentacles of racism/white supremacy. And they may need a little help from their black friends who can tell them that what they said or did was patently racist.
Divide and conquer is the name of the game. If you got this far in my video I am grateful, and I want to say to all of you. We are all human beings, we have one home, planet earth, we are all of one race, the human race. We have ethnic differences and some advantages, but we are all human and like my mom used to say…. “our behind holes all point to the ground.”
Links of Interest

Racist Cartoon Depicting The First Lady As A Man
By Black Fu on May 19, 2016
http://www.blackfu.com/racist-cartoon-depicting-the-first-lady-as-a-man/
10:44 AM – 13 May 2016


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https://twitter.com/GrrrGraphics/status/731132987547340800/photo/1
Racist Cartoon Compares An Angry Masculine Michelle Obama To A Happy Dainty Melania Trump  by Simone C. Porter
https://www.clutchmagonline.com/2016/05/racist-cartoon-attacks-michelle-obama-praises-melania-trump/
https://flavorwire.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/rupaul-drag-race.jpg
Check Out Ernestine Shepherd: The 75-year-old bodybuilding grandma
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https://www.thatsister.com/wow-these-black-female-body-builders-are-stronger-than-your-average-man/
Incredibly Muscular Female Competitive Bodybuilders
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DR FRANCES CRESS WELSING PREDICTED DONALD TRUMP’S VICTORY!!! (videos)

DR FRANCES CRESS WELSING PREDICTED DONALD TRUMP’S VICTORY!!!
Third generation physician and author of the Isis Papers, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing passed away in January 2016. Weeks before her transition she told her Cress Welsing Institute students that Donald J. Trump would be the next president of the United States. Her clairvoyance was a a product of her scientific brilliance and her unparalleled understanding of Racism/White Supremacy. It is a colossal loss not having her with us to dissect the results and take a bow for extra-ordinary forecast.
Third generation physician and author of the Isis Papers, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing passed away in January 2016. Weeks before her transition she told her Cress Welsing Institute students that Donald J. Trump would be the next president of the United States. Her clairvoyance was a a product of her scientific brilliance and her unparalleled understanding of Racism/White Supremacy. It is a colossal loss not having her with us to dissect the results and take a bow for extra-ordinary forecast.
Frances Cress Welsing (born March 18, 1935) earned a B.S. degree at Antioch College and in 1962 received a M.D. at Howard University. In the 1960s, Welsing moved to Washington, D.C. and worked at many hospitals, especially children’s hospitals. In her writing, Welsing discusses that white people are the result of a genetic mutation of albinism and are the outcast offspring of the original peoples of Africa. (Wikipedia)
Peace to a Warrior Scholar – Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
Posted by ALI JAMAL on JANUARY 5, 2016
Heavy hearts and open minds.

Open to a renewed sense of struggle, only brought forth by greater understanding…
Our dear sister, Frances Cress Welsing brought an energy only understood by the god within.  Her delivery was poignant, undeniable, critical, thought-provoking, painful, instructional, enlightening, and most importantly, empowering.
When the sister of 80 strong said peace to the nation, she left her imprint for truth, dialogue, and mass movement.

Let us a take a moment to remember our ancestor, honor her physical life as Frances Cress Welsing, read her words, watch her speak, and feel the greatness that she fought so valiantly to bring out of each and every one of us.
…rest from this realm, my sister, and bring forth the love and guidance you will forever posses.  We, your close and distant descendants and kin, say thank you. Your work was not in vain.

Louis C.K. – You cant take a People’s historical context away from them.

Louis C.K. – You cant take a People’s historical context away from them.

Early life
C.K. was born on September 12, 1967, in Washington, D.C.,[2][4][12][13] the son of Mary Louise Székely (née Davis), asoftware engineer, and Luis Székely, an economist.[2] C.K.’s parents met at Harvard University, where his mother was completing her degree in a summer-school program.[1] They were married at St. Francis Church in Traverse City,Michigan.[14] C.K. has three sisters.[15]
When C.K. was a year old, his family moved to his father’s home country of Mexico, from where his father had earned a degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico prior to graduating from Harvard.[14] C.K.’s first language was Spanish; it was not until after the move to the U.S. that he began to learn English.[16] He has since mostly forgotten his Spanish.[17] C.K.’s paternal grandfather, Dr. Géza Székely Schweiger, was a surgeon. Székely Schweiger was aHungarian Jew whose family immigrated to Mexico, where he met C.K.’s paternal grandmother, Rosario Sánchez Morales.[18] Sánchez Morales was a CatholicMexican.[17] C.K.’s grandfather agreed to have his children raised Catholic, but was (according to C.K.) “quietly Jewish”.[19]
C.K.’s mother, an American with Irish ancestry, grew up on a farm in Michigan.[20][21] She graduated from Owosso High School in Owosso, Michigan. She attendedUniversity of Michigan and graduated from Ohio State University Phi Beta Kappa. C.K.’s maternal grandparents were M. Louise Davis and Alfred C. Davis.[14]

At age seven, C.K. left Mexico with his family to move back to the United States and settle in Boston.[22] Upon moving from Mexico to suburban Boston, C.K. wanted to become a writer and comedian, citing Richard PryorSteve Martin, and George Carlin as some of his influences.[1] When he was 10, his parents divorced. C.K. said that his father was around but he did not see him much and when he remarried, C.K.’s father converted to Orthodox Judaism, the faith of his new wife.[19] C.K. and his three sisters were raised by their single mother in NewtonMassachusetts.[23] The fact that his mother had only “bad” TV shows to view upon returning home from work inspired him to work on television.[23] C.K.’s mother raised her children as Catholic, wanting them to have a religious framework and understanding, and they attended after-school Catholic class until they completed communion.[19] C.K. has said that his father’s whole family still lives in Mexico. C.K.’s paternal uncle Dr. Francisco Székely is an academic and an international consultant on environmental affairs who served as Mexico’s Deputy Minister of Environment (2000–2003).[24]
C.K. attended Newton North High School, and graduated in 1985. He graduated with future Friends star, Matt LeBlanc whom he would later be nominated with in the same category at the Primetime Emmy Awards multiple times.[25] After graduating from Newton North High School, C.K. worked as an auto mechanic and at a public access TV cable station in Boston.[2] According to C.K., working in public access TV gave him the tools and technical knowledge to make his short films and later his television shows. “Learning is my favorite thing”, he said.[7] He also worked for a time as a cook and in a video store.[15]

A Continuing Dilemma: Slavery, By John Burl Smith

A Continuing Dilemma: Slavery, By John Burl Smith
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The dilemma of slavery continues to dog the United States of America  (USA) 137 years after Pres. Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation  Proclamation (1862) freeing only the slaves held in the South.
Many historians say emancipation caused more problems than it solved.  These learned scholars opine that the Civil War was unnecessary because slave masters would have ended slavery because they would have realized supporting slaves was too great an  economic burden and that free labor was more productive.  However,  slavery was about more than economics and productivity.  Slavery was  the base of a value system that defined the Southern way of life.  It  was tied to a Southerner’s sense of personal worth and upon which the house of cards of  the Confederacy was built.
For the Southern gentry, it was not simply a question of freeing or not freeing slaves.  The proposition was intimately related to a  society’s unwillingness to accept as human property it was taught to  see as brut animals one owns like a horse or cow.  Slavery’s belief  system attributed everything good/righteous  to white people and  everything bad/evil to blacks.  Synonymous to the mind-set of English  lords, families that owned slaves were bred to believe in their inherent right to be masters just as they bred into slaves the rightness of being owned.  People who believed in that system could  never accept that the stroke of a pen could rob them of an entitlement  to which whites clung so tenaciously for generations and sacrificed  tens of thousands of lives to preserve.
The reality is Lincoln’s signature did not undo the mental underpinning that justified slavery and the dehumanizing process of  white supremacy that was supported by the socioeconomic,  educational, religious and political systems in the US.  Incidents such as those  that occurred in North and South Carolina recently are endemic to the  15 slave states and find their geneses in the forlorn hope of  returning to that erst while existence before emancipation.  That hope  is nurtured by Article I Section II of the US Constitution and state practices and policies that give rise to unresolved psychological  issues left over from slavery.

First in South Carolina, Anthony Hill, 30, a black man, was shot in  the head then dragged behind a truck for 11 miles, leaving a foot-wide  dark stain on the asphalt (6-2-10).  Newberry County sheriff’s  deputies said the bloody trail led them to the mobile home of Gregory Collins, 19, a white man now charged with murder. The County Sheriff  said the two men who were employed by Louis Rich, a chicken processor  in Newberry, had spent most of Tuesday together at Collins’ mobile  home, where Hill was shot early Wednesday morning.  The FBI has been  called in to assist in what is obviously a “hate crime.”

These types of gruesome “hate crimes” continue to occur from Texas to  West Virginia.  Such murders are not the result of wanton violence because the perpetrators are always white men and the victims black.  They are reminiscent of  ritualistic lynchings that were so popular from the 1890s through the 1940s.  They seem to be a result of latent or repressed rage that surfaces uncontrollably when a black man is perceived as challenging the master’s status.
The aforementioned historians would readily reject this hypothesis but when people who have been immersed in the use of dehumanizing hatred  which is tied to their sense of worth and power lose status to those  that are dehumanized, the affect can be intolerable.  Under such  circumstances totally despicable acts can result.
The next example relates to children.  Breeding slaves meant offsprings were notA 150-year-old photograph discovered in an attic in North Carolinarevived haunting images of the faces of American slavery. The picture shows two young black barefoot slaves, wearing ragged clothes, perched on a barrel.

children worthy of compassion but they were “pickaninnies.” 

The photo, which may have been taken in the early 1860s, is believed to be of a boy named John and an unidentified companion.  Will Stapp,  a photographic historian and curator for the National Portrait Gallery  at the Smithsonian Institution said the picture is “A testament to a  dark part of American history. What you are looking at when you see  this photo are two boys who were victims of that history.”  Found during a moving sale in Charlotte in April, the photo was accompanied by a document detailing the sale of John in 1854 for $1,150.
Keya Morgan, New York collector, who paid $30,000 for the photo album  which included the young boys and several family pictures and $20,000  for the sale document proclaimed, “I buy stuff all the time, but this  shocked me.  A portrait of slave children is rare.” Morgan believes the home in which the photo was found was owned by a deceased descendant of John. “This kid was abused and mistreated and people forgot about him.  He doesn’t even exist in history. And to know that there were millions of children who were like him, I’ve never seen another photo like that that speaks so much for children.”
Stapp said the photo was probably taken by Timothy O’Sullivan, an apprentice of Mathew Brady, the famous 19th-century photographer whose  portraits of historical figures such as Pres. Abraham Lincoln are legendary. O’Sullivan photographed what is believed to be some of the first slaves liberated after Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (1862).
Harold Holzer, an administrator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an author of several books about Lincoln said, “To me, it’s such a moving and astonishing picture. Abolitionists circulated photos of adult slaves who had been beaten or whipped, the photo of the two boys  is more subtle,” only suggesting their horror.  Thinking of children who from birth to death, lived the dehumanizing misery of slavery, Ron Soodalter, an author on slavery and member of the board of directors at the Abraham Lincoln Institute in Washington, D.C. said, “The photo depicts the reality of slavery. This picture shows that the  institution of slavery didn’t pick or choose. This was a generic  horror. It victimized the old, the young.”
The absence of John and millions of slave children like him is no accident of history; they have been deliberately edited out of history by academicians who frame and write it.  Controlling that process is jealously guarded by universities; Dr. M. Cookie Newsom, director for diversity education and assessment at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill declares. “Faculty diversification for universities is seen as “affirmative action.”  There’s no delicate way of describing the lack of commitment many top research universities demonstrate as they talk about diversifying their faculties.”
When confronted with the dismal statistics, Newsom says university decision-makers offer: 1) There are not enough qualified candidates of  color; 2) There is no need to interview them because they are in high  demand from other institutions; and 3) They are too expensive. Recalling an instance at UNC where a black female staff candidate was  disqualified on the claim she didn’t “fit well” and because she “spoke  too loudly,” Newsom proclaimed “Underlying the excuses is an insidious  presumption of inferiority. Diversity research has not focused on the  inner workings of the tenure process in committees…. that is where  most of the biases emerge.”
Newsom’s conclusions are drawn from research and statistics that show,  while peer research institutions have documented plans to retain and  advance minority faculty, the outcomes reflect nothing more than lip  service. “If you are an African-American, American Indian or Latino  with a Ph.D., your odds of ever receiving tenure at a Research I  (school) are between slim and none.” Between 2001 and 2007, black  professors consistently represented just 3 percent or less of tenured  or tenure-track faculty year after year at Harvard University, Ohio  State University, University of Florida, University of California at Los Angeles and Berkeley, University of Illinois, University of Texas, Stanford University and the University of North Carolina, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
“It’s racial discrimination,” she said unapologetically. “We know what’s wrong; there is inherent bias in committees and negative perceptions based on race.  “Institutional racism’ is just the door blocking entrance, once inside scholars find other superficial barriers for junior faculty, including overburdening service work,  undervalued qualifications, and the lack of mentorship and support from senior faculty,” Newsom reiterated.
Myths, misconceptions, deliberate distortion and outright lies taught about black people during slavery are still a part of white folklore regarding African Americans and continue to be taught.  These socioeconomic, educational, religious and political processes serve the same purpose now they did during slavery; they are the base of an American value system that defined a way of life — white supremacy.  This value system is no longer tied to just southerners’ sense of personal worth and power; it is as American as the “Tea Party Movement.”  For a white man, there is no worst position or condition to be in than to be beneath a black man, because he is educated to see  a black as totally worthless.
The continuing dilemma of slavery is the shared value it holds for whites, so much so, they support each other as though status in the US is a zero sum game.  The US Constitution still values slave descendants as 3/5 of white men.  That is why the status of slave descendants can not be allowed to change.  Whites are educated to  believe they deserve a status above blacks and the failure to achieve it can trigger the kind of response displayed by the young man in South Carolina.  White supremacy is a psychological disease left over from slavery that affects most white Americans and black people suffer  its effects as institutional racism and acts of violence.  

Footnotes:
Hell on Wheels (TV series)
A haunting 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, barefoot and wearing ragged clothes, perched on a barrel next to another unidentified young boy.
Mathew Brady Biography Photographer (c. 1823–1896)
Timothy H. O’Sullivan
“The stunning account of modern-day slaves and traffickers in the land of the free”
Scholar Says Research Universities Not Serious About Faculty Diversity
South Carolina police: Black man shot to death, body dragged
The dragging of Hill’s body sheds light onto how much the death and destruction perpetrated upon African-Americans in this country hundreds of years ago still resides in this country’s DNA. 

Pasted from http://www.africanamerica.org/topic/death-of-south-carolina-man-shot-and-dragged-for-ten-miles-investigated-as-hate-crime?reply=168056827305523459

How Ironic, two men, same name both killed, five years apart. How Ironic!

Anthony Hill: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

The Laughable Idea that Cosby would Change the Stereotypes of Blacks if He Had a Network!

The Laughable Idea that Cosby would Change the Stereotypes of Blacks if He Had a Network!

by Nana Baakan  Jan. 14, 2016

Why do people think that if Bill Cosby had NBC that would make him more powerful. Come on Folks!! NBC????
Irritated Genie on Bill Cosby & NBC
What makes folks think that that is power? And what makes people think that if he got it and did all that stuff that folks think the Powers that Be don’t want him to do, that he would be successful? A take down is a take down and they don’t care what kind of Psuedo power you have. Besides, it’s commerce… people really don’t have a clue how this shithole works when it comes to fame, money, fame, money, politics, fame, money and corruption…
Even Ruppert Murdock has some running competition and he owns a bunch of media. Don’t get it twisted folks. Cosby would have to be in a whole other league to be untouchable. Perhaps create his own TV Network? Perhaps, but buying NBC is so laughable and people keep saying this over and over.
His power days have long since been gone. And when he had it, that was the time to really do something for the Black Community.
If they really wanted to shake him down, they would have “allowed” the buy out and then expose him to the world, what better way to pull the rug out from under him.
Cosby said “No” to somebody, and that did not go over well. So they launched a well hidden campaign to defame him in the eyes of the masses. This campaign has been hidden for some time, and held on to, for just the right moment and then, boom to the moon!
 Okay, for the sake of argument, let’s say that the conjecture that Cosby was gonna change the stereotypes of blacks in the media and that it was gonna make a big difference int he black community and that this difference was gonna scare white folks so much so they had to take Cosby down. Let’s just say you might have a point.
Now.
Let’s take a look at reality. If all it took was righteous examples of Black Folks in the media to change things around, how come there are hardly any, no where? Is everyone who comes up with the idea being threatened with a take down?
No, in fact Spike Lee did his fair share of changing that image and you see what happened to him right? I ain’t just talking about what the elite did to him. I am talking about what Black Folks did to him.
Black folks support shows that are very stereotypical. They support the rap artists

that talk about bitches and hoes and gangsters and drugs. They watch BET and the TV shows. And the MEDIA knows that!! Black folks participate quite handsomely in their own demise.

Look at the food we eat, the music we listen to, the TV shows we watch. If there was no market for it, then it would not sell and they would have stopped portraying Black folks like that a long time ago.
So the idea that Cosby was gonna do ANYTHING is laughable, because Black folks would soon tire of a zillion Cosby Shows and Fat Alberts. And we have to face that fact. If it were not for Blacks spending their money on the things that destroy them, there would be no market for the stereotypes. Cosby would soon have to fold because nobody would be watching his boring, tired, unexciting network full of do-gooder black folks, going to college and having their own businesses, being respectful to each other and helping the homeless. GIVE ME A BREAK! That network would fold in 6 months for lack of advertisement sales and viewers. Let’s be serious.
People wanna see muck, mire, debauchery, crime, punishment, illicit sex, scandal, corruption, etc. That is why it sells. Do you think Oprah is living high off the hog with her whining and crying Network?? Heck no, she don’t care now cause she don’t need the money!! LOL
Black folks need to stop being apologists for Cosby and open their eyes. It’s a rabbit hole and it’s way deeper than you think.

As far as the Media is concerned, Blacks have got to stop blaming the white man for their depictions of stereotypes! If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, don’t buy their music, don’t buy their fashion and cosmetic lines, don’t support any artists who are not uplifting and liberating the Black community. Don’t support businesses that do not support the Black community. Don’t go to their institutions of learning and stay the hell out of their jails.

Blacks complain and complain about White Supremacy in one breath and support the Machine in the next. That is why the idea is laughable because the Machine knows that the majority of Black folks would not support a Network that wasn’t catering to the lowest most defiled images of Black Folks, they know that and that is why they are rich because of it.

We really gotta wake up to what is happening and take responsibility for our actions and stop blaming the white man!

Bill Cosby, Hollyweird’s Manchurian Candidate

Bill Cosby, Hollyweird’s Manchurian Candidate

The Media gave us Bill Cosby, a relatively unknown comedian who reached meteoric stardom. They made Bill Cosby and gave him certain privileges that they would not give to any other Black man during the 60’s & 70’s and like Fred Sanford would tell us, if the white man is doing it than it must be right. Remember how he wouldn’t go to a black dentist? Well, during that time we too were struggling if we could trust a Black professional “anything” over a white one. Once Cosby was sanctioned by “white America” then Black America felt it was safe to throw their support behind him.
What we miss out on is that it is a selection process. They chose Bill Cosby and the Media took it from there. He was allowed to do what no other Black Man in those times and even these to do. They gave him position and status in their circles, rubbing elbows (and whatever else) with “their women” and basically making him part of the in crowd. Couple that with the fact that he was a “clean comic” on stage, which was another part of the selection deal. He was a favorite of not only blacks but he WAS ACCEPTED BY WHITES!  So, we cannot compare him to any other Black Man by saying, because he was Black they would not have allowed him to do any of what he is accused of by white women. This little caveat is missed in the debate. It has a lot to do with we as a people and how we, especially during those times, aligned ourselves with those “Black Folks” that white folks approved of.
Now as before, there is a different atmosphere around our feelings about successful Black Folks, we don’t need the sanction of the “White Man”  as much as we did in the past, but how trusting are we of a successful Black professional, unless the White man sanctions them? This is just another nuance of this whole situation and its impact on the Black community. When we go to the root, the actual history of this man and how he became a superstar, we can clearly see that it was part of an agenda. Was it a divide and conquer strategy, as we know there were other comedians, more like Black Market comedians who were NOT embraced by white audiences.
The question remains, what price did he have to pay to be 
Hollyweird’s Manchurian Candidate?
Cosby took the bait, he agreed and that meant he had to do whatever they said. I am almost certain he was guaranteed millions and a pristine image in the public eye. News outlets and tabloids would not be allowed to defame him in anyway or suffer the consequences. They protected him from the peering eyes of the public and maintained, sustained and protected the illusion they created call Bill Cosby, the clean comic, who appeals to all audiences world wide.
His attempts to cover his tracks through philanthropic donations and support to the Black Colleges etc., was most definitely done by his wife, Camille, his business manager.  She was behind every single act of charity. Was that her effort to conceal his back-door deals and prop up his reputation keeping him squeaky clean in the eyes of the masses, but behind closed doors, anyone who knew him personally knew a very different guy? This is true.
Cosby’s head is on the chopping block. He is no longer needed. His chip of protection has been removed. The White Establishment that propped him up have all pulled out their support and turned their backs on him abandoning any and all promises of protection. He has been thrown back into the pool of Black American opinion, that is, much to his dismay, an opinion that is shaped and manipulated by the powers that be. Cosby became a house nigger, to coin a phrase. He was allowed to be the Misses Playmate.  But once he completed his chores he was thrown back into the field with the rest of us along with all the shuckin’ and jivin’ he did to keep his house nigger status. 
A person who does not learn the lesson from his past history is bound to repeat the mistakes in his future. We must become more discerning as a people. We must support our own whether or not they get the stamp of approval from the “Wizard of OZ”. We must prop up those genuine folks who are in all sincerity attempting to improve our station in life on this planet. We must rally around the sincere folks who are making changes that will benefit our youth and generations to come. We must stop looking at our people through the Willie Lynch lens and work with those who have shown their honest nature and work. We have so many others scientist, inventors, statesmen, philosophers, educators and performing artists who are deeply dedicated to the emancipation of our people and are not simply perpetrating a fraud hand crafted by the Elite Media Moguls.
Once we get there it will be very difficult for anyone to sully the image of these dedicated men and women.

Again, I say, the Media gave us “Cosby” and the “Media” has taken him away. We need to think about how duped we have been and continue to be by Mass Media and develop discernment, particularly when it appears that a White Supremacist culture has seemingly stepped beyond their racist inclinations in support of a person of color. In the final analysis, if we can identify this issue as racially motivated, we cannot in all honesty, see any of his meteoric success that has proceeded this current attack on Bill Cosby as any more than a part of a racially motivated agenda of power and control.

SOMETHNG TO THINK ABOUT!

Christmas & White Supremacy/Capitalism/Consumerism

Is it just me? 
How is it that having a European looking man, with blonde hair and blue eyes, from the middle east elevated to the status of God, is NOT promoting white supremacy?
For the next 30 days folks will be peppering their house, lawns, schools and churches and every where else with the image of a “white” child in a manger purported to be GOD incarnate. A so-called Christmas celebration that really is a cloak for white supremacy. 
 jUSTICE OR ELSE

BOYCOTTING CHRISTMAS CRIPPLES WHITE SUPREMACY 

 NOVEMBER 19, 2015 NOI RESEARCH
Ida B. Wells
 Think about it, from now on it will be quite alright for Jesus to be depicted as White! All over the world from the deepest jungles to the highest skyscraper, Jesus will not represent every racial group or ethnicity, he, his parents and most of everyone around down to the angels will all be white. What a mind f***ck that must be for every body! They get to promote White Supremacy unabashed and take your money in the process. People keep saying folks are waking up, but this time of year makes me wonder on the real.
What do I suggest?
I suggest the truth, the real story… 
No trees in houses; 
No more tree farms for the purpose of chopping them down for folks to drag into their houses; 
No more high electric bills from burning lights all day and night. 
No more competitions about who’s house is burning the most Christmas lights in the most beautiful way; 
No more suicides because of feeling unloved during these times; 
No gifts given to folks when it ain’t their birthday; 
No jacking up commercialism and credit card debt; 
No more propaganda through movies; TV; radio; advertisements; etc. seducing people into buy, consume, buy, consume; 
No false promises; 
No so-called “Christmas Parties” where people only go to “see” what someone else is gonna give them; 
No more pretending that “Jesus” was born on Dec. 25; 
No more trashing the vibration of the Winter Solstice with greed and avarice. 
No more soup kitchens once a year to feed the homeless; feed them all year; 
No more Santa Claus lies; while chastising our children for lying; 
No more thousands upon thousands if Not millions of turkeys; chickens; sheep; pigs and cows being slaughtered; 
No more stuffing the gut with GMO laden food dishes; No more lies; 
No more betrayals; these are some of the things I suggest. 
If you really want to let the banksters know the real deal; don’t buy anything till January 30th that is Not necessary for sustenance. 
And finally; what would “Jesus” say if he came back and saw how much BS is going on in his name. Of course I confer that if he really exists than he sees it already. And judging with what they say about him; I am sure he is and would be appalled. And then they took his original image; if there ever really was one; and made him look like a European!! Come on; why did they do that? The original Jews did Not look like that. 
But I digress. 
Unless this “Jesus” is a megalomaniac; I would suggest; he is shaking his head pretty hard at this foolishness.
Megalomaniac:
 “1. A psycho-pathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth; power; or omnipotence.

2. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.



Anti-Police Organizing in the Wake of Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s Death

Anti-Police Organizing in the Wake of Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s Death

by MICHELLE MATISONS

Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had Pocket Full of $100 Bills – But No Job or Home

Remember how the 9/11 attack led people to cancel or pull back from anti-globalization protests?  It appears a similar dynamic could be at work as a shocking event challenges and divides a growing and effective movement making serious headway.  Like anti-globalization protests before it, the anti-police brutality/ policing movement is going through its own birth pangs as the tactics debate (when is property violence appropriate?) and issues such as how to foreground anti-black racism (#BlackLivesMatter vs. #AllLivesMatter) have taken center stage in the multifaceted and large scale resistance efforts underway.

Saturday, December 20th, was a big day for movement news.  While Minnesota’s Mall of America protest had people occupying space in the US’s largest mall to demand an end to police violence, half way across the country in Brooklyn, two police officers were shot and killed by a young black man who had ostensibly posted on social media before the shootings about his intention to “put wings on pigs”, citing revenge for the deaths of Brown and Garner as motive.  The accused shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot himself dead on a nearby subway platform after shooting the officers.  As of Sunday afternoon, there is little information and much speculation about the accused murderer’s life (including that the murders were part of a counter-intelligence plot to discredit the movement and justify extreme force).  Much is uncertain, but it’s certain that the NYPD is already using this to suppress protest, repress entire communities, and further foment divisive public relations–especially with NYC Mayor deBlasio.  How can recent police union behavior and statements be considered anything but a naked admission of a police force’s own extra-legal/ paramilitary ambitions?

At this writing we do know a few things for certain: the corporate state’s policing apparatus will do everything in its power to use this event as a further call to arms against protesting U.S. residents and communities of color.  They will attempt not only to discredit a growing direct action-based movement, but also to aggressively attack protest groups and individuals they have been trying to get their hands on anyway.  If Ismaaiyl Brinsley had been arrested  and charged with the killing of two police officers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, clearly the anti-policing movement would be having very different debates and discussions.  Now, in his death, many people righteously struggle to contextualize his motives or opportunistically use his actions for their own political reasons.

Not that probing Brinsley’s motives is entirely irrelevant–he shot a woman, possibly an ex-girlfriend, before the officers, for example– but the movement can hurt itself by participating in the posthumous quasi-legalistic media charade of “nailing down” his motives or state of mind.  (This activity already inculcates participants in the state’s judgmental logic of condemnation/ exoneration–echoing media character assassinations of murder by police victims like Brown and Martin.)   What if he was acting in concert with counter-intelligence forces? What if Mao’s little red book was in Brinsley’s pocket?  What if he was an active member of a local Cop Watch group?  What if he was a well-known local homeless man struggling with mental illness and addiction?

Initial activist reactions offer a range of responses: some grapple with the delicate issue of expressing compassion about the shooter’s life, death, and family; some timidly, or not so timidly, tiptoe around self-defense concepts and a deep understanding of the extreme nature of “revolutionary suicide”; some routinely denounce Brinsley’s actions–acting as guardians of the “real non-violent movement” against  “unstable violent outsiders”; some have decided that was a police action he got entangled in.  Then there’s those (new to the issue white activists, I am talking to you) who may have been active and supportive of the anti-police brutality movement, but will use this as an excuse to pull back.  (Controversial events function as a movement’s filtering process, losing people who are too challenged to keep fighting and were just waiting for a chance to fold anyway.)

If there’s anything I am reminded of by this event, it’s the power of social movements, and anti-racist struggles in particular.  For me, there is a connection between the cop murders and the movement.  Before you jump down my throat insisting that I am “feeding the cops’ ideology” by saying this–hear me out, please, and don’t take my statements out of context.  Since the drug war and mass incarceration/ deportation practices, many black and brown lives have been destroyed.  You don’t have to be a front lines long term activist to have strong opinions about policing and institutional racism in America, and feel hopeless in the face of it, too.  Frustration and anger is woven into the everyday fabric of people’s lives, and this includes individual consciousness, rhetoric, and self-understanding.  Add to this an endless flow of social media, news commentary, and live feeds of protests and demonstrations all over the U.S.  Some people may not be able to attend protests for various reasons (work, childcare, transportation, not living close to one, or a shy demeanor) but social media offers a strong way to feel emotionally connected to events since Ferguson began.

This access and ability to connect is both reason for the movement’s effectiveness and a reason to prepare for more controversial actions taken up by individuals in the name of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, or against violent police generally. (And then there’s always police counterinsurgency activities…)  In a large, multifaceted, international movement such that the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!/ anti-policing movement has become, no one can ultimately judge who’s a protestor or a non-protestor, who cares or doesn’t care, about “the issues”. (Who has an authentic political consciousness gauge and where can I get one?) We can only state if we support certain actions as part of strategies our organizations or ideologies endorse.

I believe, from what I understand about Brinsley’s biographical facts and his presumed state of mind before the murders, he understood himself as a target of racist policing.  Go figure: young, black, and male in the U.S. A. But, As Dr. Johanna Fernandez wrote in CounterPunch, he could have also been acting in concert with authorities to execute a state plot to discredit the movement.  We will never know the facts here, and it shouldn’t deflect from our understanding of institutionalized racism, anyway.

Whether or not Brinsley acted alone or in concert with the state, his life had a truly tragic end.  If we admit understanding or empathy with people espousing extreme tactics — even cop murder — to express oppositional feelings, are we only throwing the police state, and its rabid NYPD, another reason for street level preemptive attack? (As if it ever needed a reason.  We’ve clearly seen over the decades, if the state doesn’t have a reason to justify aggression it’ll make one up.)  What about attempts to understand how social pressures like racist policing and mass incarceration damage people–like Ismaaiyl Brinsley? If we deny a careful consideration of the incalculable impacts movements can have, which include tapping into very real frustrations/ psychological dynamics leading individuals to act alone or as police agents, we sacrifice any potential unity than can be derived in a process of self-reflection and greater political awareness. Collective analysis may not lead to the unity of a shared position, but it could lead to an “agree to disagree” unity or a commitment to explore unpopular perspectives.  Something beyond simple condemnation or exultation is called for here.

It’s a daunting situation and the corporate state wins again if we play into the terms of engagement it always sets by the very nature of its power.  If Ismaaiyl Brinsley had survived and faced his accusers in court, we would see the movement split around “just” court procedures and outcomes.  Some would want him evaluated to qualify for mental health rehabilitation services, some would want him routinely punished, and some would call for his freedom, with an understanding his actions were committed under extreme duress due to the pernicious police state apparatus (a kind of “black rage” defense– if you will.)  From the looks of his social media posts, he knew he was probably going to die Saturday.

I shudder to think about what the state would do to Brinsley, and how the movement would split around his “just” punishment and desirable “rehabilitation.” (How are we going to rehabilitate psychotic racist police?  Any ideas?)  We would have to painfully endure a real trial of the Left’s anti-policing/ abolitionist positions. Instead, we are left to grapple with three dead bodies, many unanswered questions, and a big question mark about our ability to buoy the turbulence of building and sustaining a mass movement, focused specifically on the deep and festering wound of racist police violence, in the age of social media activism.

 
 

On Tuesday police Commissioner William Bratton said Ismaaiyl was carrying $100 bills in his pocket.
But he had no job or home.
The Yeshiva World reported:

If we are going to posthumously speculate on Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s life, dare I suggest we use the very commitment to institutional analysis and human compassion that has served as a foundation of the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!/ anti-policing movement–and previous anti-racist movements– since its inception?  As the saying goes, let’s “keep our eyes on the prize.”

Michelle Renee Matisons, Ph.D. has  written for Counterpunch, Black Agenda Report, Z Magazine, Mint News Press, the NJ Decarcerator, Rethinking Schools, Alternet, and other publications. She can be reached at michrenee@gmail.com.

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"Venus Noire" ("Black Venus") Film & Review

“Venus Noire” 

(“Black Venus” – Controversial Hottentot Venus Film)

Part 1

Part 2

It’s been over a year since I saw Venus Noire (Black Venus) at the New York Film Festival in the fall of 2010, and it never received a stateside release; actually I’m not sure it got much of a release outside of the international film festival circuit and a few European territories.
So I’m betting most of you have never seen French/Tunisian filmmaker Abdel Kechiche’s problematic though worth-watching Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman, otherwise derogatorily known as the Hottentot Venus film, which starred newcomer Yahima Torres in the title role.
The subject matter certain isn’t one that will attract audiences to the theater en masse; and the fact that the film is almost 3 hours long, with subtitles, likely didn’t exactly make potentially interested American distributors salivate at the film’s box office potential.
But if you’re in Los Angeles during the month of February, and you’re at all interested in seeing the film, here’s your shot! It’s either now, or you wait for a stateside home video release (though it’s on DVD in parts of Europe and Canada; just not in the USA). 
But I’d recommend a theatrical viewing.

It’s a challenging work, and one that I’m sure will piss a lot of people off, not only because of its content, but also the manner in which it’s handled by the director. It’s just something you should see for yourselves.
I wrote a lengthy review of it last year, after I saw it; and, as I said in that write-up, I was left with conflicting thoughts on the film. Unfortunately, I never got to see it again, even though I wanted to. I’ll be at the PAFF this year, so I just might see it again on the big screen, if my schedule allows for it
In the meantime, below you’ll find my initial review, as well as a trailer for the film, a clip from it, and an interview with star Yahima Torress…

And finally here’s my 2010 review:
 So there I was waiting for the subway train after my screening of Venus Noire (Black Venus), and what did I see plastered almost all over one of those ubiquitous tunnel newsstands? Covers for various magazines, many unabashedly featuring the barely covered-up plump bottoms of predominantly black women in seductive poses – 2 dimensional images of voiceless bodies, objectified, exotified, envied, denigrated, and more; depending on the viewer.
And with that picture, Obvious Guy asks, so, really, has much changed in the 200 years since Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman found herself victim of the same kind of mixed gaze? Of course, there’s the perceived independence, and even false sense of power and control some might claim those in the present-day wield over their spectators (an illusory brand of feminism as I’ve heard others suggest), and they aren’t introduced in cages by a man carrying a whip (well, actually, some are), and Saartjie’s experiences were more direct and literal; but, frankly, the similarities can’t be ignored. I even considered that Saartjie’s torment was strictly race-based, and a result of its time; but I was able to dismiss that notion in realizing that there still certainly exists a racial “otherness” that precedes and influences the various gazes I mentioned above. For example, I still (unfortunately) hear stories about enthralled white women asking black women if they can touch their hair, ignorant of the sensation the request itself provokes.
The film opens in 1815, France, some time after Saartjie’s death, as a French academic, addressing what look like his peers, with a physical mold of Saartjie’s body on display, makes his scientific and historic case for why her “species” is inferior to theirs. The lengthy opening lecture is met with applause from his audience of all white men. The matter-of-fact nature of the entire sequence is revelatory in that it shows just how ignorant, yet assured of themselves these leaders of the world were, and helps explain their callous treatment of their perceived inferiors – a trend that continued long after they themselves perished.
Following that opening sequence, we travel back in time, 5 years, to 1810, London, some time after Baartman had been taken from Cape Town, with promises of wealth, via exhibition, in Europe. And so the tragic tale of the “freak show attraction” known as the Hottentot Venus began…
Like those women on the magazine covers, Saartjie is mostly mute throughout the film, her body language representative of her thoughts, and clearly, she isn’t exactly cherishing the spectacle that’s being made of her physical self – much of it some will find difficult to watch, as it should be. Writer/director Abdellatif Kechichemakes sure of that, with numerous scenes running quite lengthy – possibly 10 minutes or more in some cases.
Given the style in which the film is made, it felt almost like a documentary. Kechiche does little to distract from the narrative; the performances from the entire cast are realistic (you believe them), including Yahima Torres(as Baartman), Andre Jacobs, Olivier Gourmet, Elina Lowensohn, Francois Marthouret, Michel Gionti, andJean-Christophe Bouvet; there’s virtually no soundtrack (any music heard occurs naturally within the scene); the mostly hand-held camera moves but, oddly, you forget that it’s there – partly due to the stark nature of the physical settings, and also of the subject matter itself; you may feel guilty enough to look away, but you can’t.
In reading some early reviews of the film before I saw it, I expected to be turned off by what some seemed to suggest would be gratuitous on the part of the director. But I didn’t feel what they felt, and I do wonder if the reactions to Venus Noire will be similar to a film like Precious (a story about a character whose physical self was also arguably a character in its own right), in that they will be separated along color lines. I could certainly make sense of a white film critic being made uncomfortable by the inhumane treatment Saartjie endured; her captors are white. And as I’ve already suggested, one can’t help but see connections to the present-day race- and sex-based prejudices that still exist. There’s a reason (amongst many) that films that center on whites-as-saviors-of-“others” continue to be produced. They like to see themselves in that light. Rarely do we see stories told that detail the inhumanities whites have dished out intently and indiscriminately on the darker-skinned “others” across the world, without retribution. In a way, it’s like a revision of history.
But no one comes to save Saartjie here; she lives a brutal life, and dies just as punishingly, with the film not necessarily making it clear who we are supposed to point our fingers to, for blame.
Although, I felt numb to it all, and I wonder if my reaction would mirror those of other people of African descent. By most accounts, I should have been appalled, disgusted, and completely turned off by Kechiche’s lengthy scenes showing all the horror that Saartjie endured before her early death. But, little of it actually disturbed me.
In thinking about it further, I realized that it wasn’t necessarily because the filmmaker had failed in creating moments within the film that would elicit specific reactions out of me (although, who am I to say what the filmmaker intended); I felt numb because, again, as I eluded to above, we have and still are so bombarded with similar parades of images of women’s bodies (specifically black women’s bodies), accentuating specific attributes, whether still or moving, that what I saw on screen, as revolting as it was, seemed almost, dare I say, “ordinary” to me.
From music videos, to magazines… however, less obvious and even deceptive are those studies, surveys, investigations into the so-called black experience that suggest an “otherness;” different, and thus must be observed and studied like monkeys in a cage. Whether it’s CNN’s redundant, surface “Black In America” series, the recent article about how black people use Twitter, or more direct, scientist claims that people of African descent are less intelligent than whites, and so on.
I’ve rallied against most of these ideas and occurrences on this blog and elsewhere, and will continue to do so. However, the point here is that this long-standing, continuous assault on our senses, all suggesting an inferiority as the basis for marginalization of a group of people, have had an effect on how I react to similar instances (real or fictional). Numb – which can be a dangerous place to be, because it could lead to a lessened desire to act against like injustices.
Saartjie doesn’t speak very much in the film, as I already stated; usually only when spoken to; we don’t really get a sense for how she feels. Certainly, as I said above, her body language leaves little doubt that this isn’t the kind of life she thought she would be leading, or that was promised to her by the man who brought her to Europe (he lied, telling her and her slave owner that she’d essentially be a song and dance act, not the circus freak show he would eventually convince her to be); but I would have liked to hear her wrestle with her predicament; here she is, seemingly a willing (coerced) participant in an act, sharing in the benefits afforded by the booty (no pun intended), though unequally, with her captors; but struggling to come to terms with the truth of who (or rather what) she is to the ignorant, yet curious and enchanted audience that pays to watch her perform. To contemporize it, think of the strippers who are “trapped” by the money they earn used to feed, house and clothe themselves, but who struggle with the impact the work they do has on their lives, and the perception others have of them. Not exactly the same thing as what Saatjie endured, but I’m trying to make sense of what I felt was one of the film’s notable deficiencies. We see Saartjie through the eyes of her captors and the audiences that pay to see her – as a lottery ticket, and a spectacle respectively – but we get few glimpses into the mind of the woman that the body belongs to.
From the film, we know she despised her treatment, she’s outright defiant in moments, and the filmmaker does attempt to humanize her, giving her some 3-dimensionality; and I never once felt like he was being exploitative; but, as is, it’s still questionable just how much control she really had over her predicament (although we know that she was a slave). In the film, she remains something of a mystery, and I can’t say whether that was all intentional on the filmmaker’s part, as, I’d guess, he tried to piece together a personality based on limited availability of information, written by others about her.
There’s also that saying about the the presence of mental shackles even in the absence of tangible ones.
Director Kechiche’s film isn’t a lecture on the matters it documents. Each scene is presented “as is,” without any obvious commentary, you could say. It’s neither what I’d describe as a call to action. You are simply witness to an ugly injustice, an accomplice even, and your reaction to it is just that… your reaction, based on your own life experiences, which will also determine what you choose to do about whatever it is you felt, assuming you’re inspired to act in any way.
Don’t go into this looking for a biopic of Baartman, as you will be disappointed. It’s more a document of a very specific part of her life, that which she’s most known for. And despite the title of the film, she instead feels like one of several equal players in this tragedy, instead of its star center. There’s also what I’d call a disconnect between the filmmaker and the material. Like I said, he doesn’t necessarily take sides. In fact, the film played out more like a series of filmed news reports.
It does take a few creative liberties, however, the script remains fairly close to the true story of Saartjie Baartman. At almost 3 hours in length, some editing could have been done to trim it a bit, without losing its substance; and that running time makes it a tough sell for audiences outside of the expected art-house crowd – especially here in the USA.
Although, I certainly hope it does receive a wide enough release. I’m curious about global reactions to the film. I suspect most aren’t at all familiar with Saartjie Baartman’s story, or are even aware of the derogatory “Hottentot Venus.” In a way, I actually envy those who’ll be seeing the film ignorant of the real-life story it’s based on. Most importantly, it means that one is less likely to spend time comparing the film’s details to what they know of the historic figure the characterization is inspired by. I can only imagine what their reactions would be, but I expect sharply contrasting sets of opinions.
I’m left with conflicting thoughts on the film, and I wasn’t even sure how I would review the film. I feel like I could write volumes on the experience I  had watching it. But maybe that’s all a good thing. I think a second viewing might be helpful in clarifying my thoughts. If anything, it’s not a film one walks out of the theater and immediately forgets. Other reviews I’ve read thus far have expressed concern about the film being hard to watch – not because it’s a bad film, but due to the contemptible scenarios Baartman lived through as explicitly documented in the film. As I’ve said before, the subject matter is already controversial enough, that any film made about Baartman will find it impossible to escape controversy. Kechiche’s handling of it is obviously crucial, and I’d say he handles it better than I expected. It certainly should inspire further discussion, especially with regards to contemporary correlations.

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