Selectiveness in movies hurts history


Nearly everyone wants to know of their background. Nearly everyone wants to know their ancestry or lineage. Nearly everyone wants to know of which and who they came from, where they came from.

We may find out through research, through books and even through the Internet a little about our background. There are movies that even tell of our history.

But the problem that I am having (and a select few) is that the movies that are shown in Warren are of a select nature. This I do not understand.

My husband and I were looking forward to seeing the movie ”12 Years A Slave.” It stars Chiwetel Ejlofor, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard, to name a few.

It is about the pre-Civil War in the United States. Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. It tells of his trials and tribulations and how he struggles to stay alive.

My husband and I saw the trailer of this movie when we went to see ”The Butler.” The trailer alone was riveting.

Yes, there is violence and cruelty in this movie. So does some of the other movies that are shown today to our children that have no substance or merit.

Slavery happened and slavery still goes on in some parts of the world today. Prejudice may be shown in this movie, but prejudice is still a fact onto this day. In some cases, it may be covered up, but prejudice still exists.

Our children, not only black children, need to know their history. They need to know of all of the pain, all of the anguish that their fore-parents went through for them to be free in these United States. Adults (in some cases) need to be reminded of that era, that chapter in history. It may be a ugly chapter, but it happened.

I don’t think that if the movie “12 Years A Slave” was shown here (or any place else), there would be riots, looting or all kinds of mayhem. It is history! We all learn from history.

Some selectively choose what part of history, that they consider relevant to their lives. Some of us do not want to learn of the atrocities that have brought us to this point in our lives.

Some of us do not wish to take our children or our children’s children to see a movie such as this. My husband and I would gladly sit through ”12 Years A Slave” with our children and grandchildren. If this movie was shown, I think that it would be a teachable moment in time. I think that it would be well received.

I think that it is so sad that it is not being shown.

Jennifer Y. Williams