So I haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave yet, but I was just reading some stuff about it. Sean Combs, formerly known as Puff Daddy, said, “This is as a black man, a father, a human being of this world, one of God’s children: The truth has finally almost been told through this movie,” he says. “This movie is very painful but very honest and is a part of the healing process. I beg all of you to take your kids, everybody to see it. … You have to see this so you can understand, so you can just start to understand, you know? Please. Go see this movie, 12 Years a Slave.”
Now, I would normally just think that the last part about understanding just meant understanding slavery and the past of our country. However, he started by saying, “as a black man”. First, it makes it sound like he’s known what it’s like to be a slave. Second, why do we have to keep using our race as a basis for everything? Like he said, “human being of this world”, why can’t we just talk like that. Race is something we can pretty much clearly see. I’m not saying people shouldn’t be proud of who they are or that race doesn’t play a part in a lot of things, but can’t we as individuals just concentrate on being good people in general?
Late night thoughts over.