“Oh goody! Here’s comes that Black racist troublemaker Spike Lee with yet another movie about how White people are EVIL, Black people are victims and all that jazz. We, as Americans, are so sick and tired of Black folks constantly tossing these issues in our faces and rubbing our noses in the dung of a long buried and shameful past. YES, there are some racist White people! YES, their actions are deplorable! But, YES, Black people are guilty of the same thing! The constant bitching and moaning is annoying! They’re not the only race to have been oppressed! There are others who have risen past their abuse to become good upstanding members of society! I don’t believe the rhetoric! We proved through the election of Barack Obama that we are indeed a post-racial society united and joined together as one. Black folks just continue to fan these flames and make it hard for our country to evolve past this narrative. Why, oh why, won’t this issue JUST! GO! AWAY?!?!”
“There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.” (Proverbs 30:12 NKJV)
“There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.” (Proverbs 30:14 NKJV)
“‘The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation. ’”
(Numbers 14:18 NKJV)
ScreenFish is a Christian based film/entertainment analysis website. We view pop culture through the lens of Christ. We endeavor to see how He sees, to analyze a film how He would analyze it. Having seen and analyzed Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” for myself, here is my Christ influenced opinion on the matter:
Racism is America’s Original Sin.
The issue has not gone away because America has neither repented nor turned away from it. There is STILL a generation in America who deem themselves to be pure in their own eyes. There is STILL a generation who is bitterly against the notion of judging men and women by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin. There is STILL a generation who, although they accept the fact that other races shop in their neighborhood stores, go to school with their children, and work in the same offices as they do, when they get behind closed doors they harbor a mindset about non-Whites that is straight outta the Jim Crow/Confederate/Old South playbook.
And you can’t be mad at Spike Lee…or the guy or girl who filmed BBQ Becky, Poolside Patty, or anyone else who captured footage of Black folks committing heinous crimes like swimming in swimming pools or BBQ’ing in the park or selling water on the street to raise money for a school trip. All they did is turn the camera on and expose the sin buried deep in the hearts of (some) White people for generations.
That’s all Ron Stallworth and the members of the Colorado Springs Police Department did: Expose the “organization.” Mr. Stallworth and team shined a light on the darkness. SPOILER: They ultimately exposed a plot to kill a Black Student Union group. Upon the thwarting of this plot, KKK Grand Wizard-turned-early 90’s Republican candidate for Governor of Louisiana David Duke (I was a student at Grambling State University when he ran) discovered that the Colorado man he befriended and wanted to MENTOR due to his similar views of White Supremacy was actual a Black undercover cop. Light shined. But did the darkness hide? Nope.
The final scenes of the film show that darkness vibrant, alive and in full force – making a generational leap from 1970’s Colorado to 2017 Charlottesville, VA. No turning. No repentance. Ultimately leading to death…just like it did in 18th/19th/20th century America.
So, yeah, until there is true repentance and a collective turning away of a four-hundred-year belief that one group is superior over another, this issue ain’t going away. Their mindset has put them at war against God Himself. The iniquity of the Confederacy has been revisited upon their children all across this nation to the 3rd and 4th generation and beyond.
But I see hope. I see the chains falling. I see hints of the curse about to break. For while I was traversing through the North Dallas, TX mall where I saw BlacKkKlansman, I saw an ocean of Black and White couples – from teenagers to fully grown adults – arm in arm, holding hands, boldly and unashamedly displaying their love for one another. I smiled. Because that’s the future. THIS generation may be the one to break the curse once and for all.
One can only hope…and pray.