Over the weekend I saw the new Marbio Van Peebles movie "We The Party".
The framework was that of a teen aged love story with a series of subplots that captured the struggles of various teens seeking to find their way as they matriculated through high school, preparing for college.
The movie did a good job in capturing this aspect of teen life. It was no better or worse than other movies in this genre at capturing the "flava" of young people, particularly those in Southern California.
Now I understand that I, a self-proclaimed critic of the "Black Establishment" am supposed to be up in arms over the placement of ideological and political propaganda in the film:
- A main character nicknamed "Obama" because he had a school debate with another guy, nicknamed "McCain" and embarrassed him so bad that the names "Obama and McCain" were assigned accordingly.
- The classroom that was lined with "Struggle" artwork - including a large picture of Barack Obama. (Note: I was more taken by the fact that the LA School System would likely ban the presentation of various religious symbols in the class [Christian cross, Jewish Star Of David, etc] than I was surprised about the image of President Obama. I understood who Van Peebles was going into the movie theater)
- The young son of one of the main character's named "Barack"
- The best girl friend of the one of the main characters named "Michelle" - who was told if she goes to the senior prom with "Obama" then she would be like "Michelle Obama"
None of these points bothered me one bit. I was more concerned to wonder if any one else watching the film but who had less of a critical take on what they are being fed would make note of these not so hidden "Eastern eggs" placed in the film.
Sadly there was only 6 of us in the entire movie theater. The movie's start was delayed until my couple arrived about 2 minutes after the posted starting time. I almost stood up to tell the management to start the film (with just 2 people in the theater at the time) or give me my money back - but then the previews began as soon as I finalized my plan.
The Problem With The Propaganda Streamed To Black America By Black Ideological Operatives
I had heard Mario Van Peebles do an interview about the movie, about 3 months ago, on "Black-wing Talk Radio" when it had its Atlanta-based exclusive preview.
Based on that interview I walked into the movie fully aware of Mr Van Peebles' agenda.
In the world view of Van Peebles - INDEED - Black America (and young people in general) need positive, affirming images that assist in directing them to a larger purpose, beyond selfish, material pursuits.
No problem with this.
The problem with Mr Van Peebles' execution of this otherwise laudable scheme is that he can't resist contaminating his message with his own ideologically bigoted agenda.
One day some at the great "intellectual conference table" where "The Black Agenda" is crafted (as it moves from MSNBC back to C-SPAN) someone is going to observe that there is a distinction between WHAT BLACK PEOPLE POPULARLY SUPPORT versus what is EFFECTIVE AT DEVELOPING THE BLACK COMMUNITY.
The forces that exert the most powerful influence upon our community today understand that the only thing they need to do is to retain the POPULAR CONFIDENCE of our people. By stroking our people with the affirmation of what is popularly supported AND by dangling negative "threats" in front of our conscious awareness - this establishment power can achieve their goals in the "American Political Domain" while fundamentally failing to develop the infrastructure in the zone that I have termed "The Black Community Consciousness & Competency Development Domain".
The 'Dark Matter Analysis' Of Mario Van Peebles Progressive-Fundamentalist Message Of Uplift Of The Black Community Through Obama
In the film "We The Party", Mario Van Peebles continued to use the "stretch goal" which says that if young (Black) people continue to pursue educational excellence they might grow up to be PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
Last week I noted the words of a progressive opinion writer who noted that Black America is now past the goal that many thought was not possible in
this racist America. A Black man is President Of The United States.
From my perspective an an analyst of "What makes the Prevailing Black Political Consciousness Tick?" I choose to look past the "Man on Stage" and instead key in upon how his image impacts those in the audience who live vicariously through him. While he is their "Dr King / Jackie Robinson" - he is America's "Commander In Chief".
Thus the flaw of Mr Van Peebles' movie.
Through the pro-Obama propaganda there was no capacity to imagine a situation where the Black Struggle must necessarily stand AGAINST the "Commander In Chief" and the boss of the "Chief Law Enforcement Officer" in the nation. Ironically for those who mockingly throw out the term "Post-Racial" would likely miss the ironic point that with "Obama and friends in office" - "He Got Our Back".
As we have seen through the military action and the weak economic recovery - when the confluence of the organic Black Community Interests and the "Obama Standing Strong" interests are arrived at - the Operatives will always choose to promote Obama, thus putting their own interests into forbearance IF they are made to judge Obama in the context of the INVESTMENTS that they have made in the build up of the greater machine that he is apart of - from local through to the national government, their minds polluted with the radical notion that THEY SHOULD HAVE ACHIEVED MORE after fusing their "Black Community Development Consciousness", the cover of confidence for the investment provided by the "Black Racial Services Machine" .
Rest assure that there will never be a "Black movie" nor a will an episode of ABC's "Scandal" which talks about the condition of the Black America firmly from the perspective of the Black Community as a body of INVESTORS who made contributions with the expectations of a set of measurable returns.
This genre of "politically laced entertainment" would necessarily strike against the "Black Racial Services Machine" - the loosely coupled cooperative that most Blacks in the entertainment field operate within its confines. Those rebellious few only rebel against the "Official American System" and only when there is an enemy ideology encamped within it.
Thus there is no such thing as a "Black Agenda" for it is ONLY "A Progressive Agenda That Fuses Black Hopes In A Joint-Venture Partnership"
The Gratuitous Use Of The Word "Nigga" - Even Upon Non-Blacks
I suspect that as the "Obama Fist Bump Black Press" operatives review the movie "We The Party", clearing their web pages of the articles which ask "Did Rick Santorum Call President Obama A Ninja?", the one thing that they will NOT talk about is the gratuitous use of the word "Nigga" throughout the movie.
There is no doubt that this word enjoys active use among young people. If EVER there was an opportunity for Mr Van Peebles to use his heavy editorial hand I would have chosen the suppression of the use of the word "Nigga". Ironically with the diverse cast this ignorant word stood out like a "Ingrown Toenail".
I looked past the use of the word "Nigga" among the Black cast members and noted how - even with the interracial group of "Nerds" - one of the Black cast members used the term "y'all Niggas" to refer to the group of them.
The indictment over the use of the word "Nigga" is reserved for use BY Black Progressives against the conservative adversary of their choosing. As such, since Mario Van Peebles is seen as an "insider" - he will be granted vast literary licence to use the word in COMMERCIAL SPEECH. The law of "Black Progressivism" says that only those who do so without malicious intent as they seek to project the "flava" of the Black community onto the stage will receive a paint brush and a bucket of blood to pain the "Passover" x-mark atop their door frame.
Another potentially fatal moment was during the scene with the open-mic "Rap Off". The one White kid that I know from watching my children's formerly favorite show "Hanna Montana" has now grown into a high schooler.
When this little White kid was pitted in a rap-off against the "Snoop Dogg character's" brother there was no doubt that RACE would be referenced as part of the put down. And it was.
But for the magic of a Hollywood script was the interplay of race and racism avoided when two individuals of a different race have conflict.
The big picture summary of the entire film is - As long as the Black Progressive controls the narrative of the Black Community that which appears in the script will be attempted in real life.
It is most unfortunate that real life has far more variables than an engineered script and theatrical production affords to us.
Beyond the messages of "hope" I am not sure that "We The Party" has equipped the Black Community to deal with a "3d" world.