With a Chinese censorship two-step thrusting it back into the news and a brand-new DVD release, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained might seem to be ideal fare for those seeking an evening's frivolous entertainment. Or maybe not? It may help to have a little perspective.
Mr. Dick Gregory -- presidential candidate, comedian, author, actor, army, postal worker, civil rights activist, entrepreneur in nutrition and the health food industry -- has done it all. What does he like doing best?
We're in America, so let's ask ourselves an honest question with regards to Django: What if a love story film set in slavery times about a Black man in search of his wife came out in the theaters today?
If you disagree with Spike... fine. But to disrespect and disregard him in the expression of that disagreement is wholly unacceptable. Spike Lee has earned better. Spike Lee doesn't need my help, but he does deserve our gratitude and respect.
Violence and good stories have gone hand in hand for years. If we try to curb the level of violence in contemporary stories, we may lose something valuable. If we truly want to solve the issue of horrific acts of violence in society, we must get to the root of the problem.
One of the more interesting, though hardly unexpected developments to accompany Django Unchained's release has been the peculiar predicament it has created for blacks who like to think of themselves as progressive or forward-thinking.