The Daughter of a Black WWII Vet Goes to See "Red Tails"
[Editor's Note: George Lucas' Red Tails took in second place at the box office last weekend, but the blockbuster film about the Tuskeegee Airmen, the all-black group of World War II fighter pilots, wasn't without controversy. Some people criticized the lack of female roles, and others were concerned that if it didn't do well, Hollywood wouldn't take anymore chances with big budget movies with African American casts.
Those worries about the movie flopping are unnecessary, as Christelyn Karazin of Beyond Black & White raves about the film... and tells about her personal connection. --Grace]
I can not tell you how refreshing it was to see a “black movie” in which the characters weren’t shucking and jiving and participating in all manners of coonery sans blackface. I saw portrayals of the Tuskegee Airman as brave, intelligent, dignified and human. I was proud of them. These men fought against what would have been crippling stereotypes for lesser men, and rose above low expectations time, and time, and time again. Prior to the success of this group, black men were considered too unintelligent and cowardly to participate in complicated combat. What these men, these REAL men did for our country shows what expecting EXCELLENCE in people can reap.