Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Spike Lee Jr Films Iraq War Film In 2030
Alright folks - this is the sarcastic compartment of my blogging ecosystem. I try to craft submissions that are largely based on key stories in the news.
Spike Lee -
Article: Lee: Eastwood omitted black troops in WWII films
Producer Spike Lee Jr, the son of famed Black film producer Spike Lee plans to do a series of pod casts that highlight the participation of the Black soldiers in the unpopular war in Iraq that was kicked off in 2003 by then President George W. Bush. The war ended on February 2009 after the newly elected President Obama signed an executive order to have all US Troops to be removed from Iraq, a war that he was opposed to from the start, and shifted to Afghanistan, the war that he supported because they are the ones who attacked us.
As part of the new format of movies in 2030, Mr. Lee Jr plans to release a string short, 30 minute film segment which detail several elements of the War In Iraq in which the atrocities committed by the American soldiers who were Black were under reported by the media and the Anti-War forces around the world. This is largely because they saw this as American Imperialism which is an extension of White Supremacy and thus by having Black soldiers depicted as agents of White Supremacy ran counter to their agenda.
Where as when the Black solider was identified by the liberal biased Black press who were strongly united against the war - they cherry picked individuals such as Spc. Shoshana Johnson who they felt was shunned while Jessica Lynch, the White girl who was captured in the same incident received an overwhelming set of publicity. When the Lynch story was found to have been exaggerated by the Pentagon, the Congressional Black Caucus felt no remorse about their previous envy.
Mr Lee Jr hopes to correct this situation. He is of the opinion that if the Black soldier can be the good guy OR the unwilling participant in a war because he only signed up for college benefits in a society that stands against his interests as an equal citizen then he can also be called out for pulling the same trigger that the White American soldiers have done, killing and maiming Iraqi people who have never called him a "Nigger".
Mr. Lee Jr is of the opinion that EQUALITY flows both ways. Not only does America need to show that she sees Black people as equal human beings, the anti-War movement must also hold Black soldiers in the same light as - rapists, murderers and torturers - the same image that they have for the generic American soldier. Their face on the American soldier, however, is some White male hillbilly from the South who is blood thirsty to kill some person of color not only because he was told to but because the military gives him a channel to do what he wanted to do anyway.
Mr Lee Jr says "Think about it - we had the Buffalo Soldiers in the late 1800's. Though Black people like to hold them to the highest esteem, as we should, they also wore the uniforms of the American military as this country expanded into Native American territory. When the Buffalo Soldiers helped Teddy Roosevelt invade Cuba they used verbal chants learned from the Native Americans as they trecked through the forests of Cuba fighting against the Spanish. The chants disoriented the enemy, making it appear that there were more attackers coming than there actually were. Now if this is the case with the Buffalo Soldiers having learned these chants from the Native Americans.....do you think that the Buffalo Soldiers were making these chants against the American military who's uniforms they were wearing or hearing these chants made by the Native Americans who they were killing per their membership in the American military? Let's be real folks."
Clearly Mr. Lee Jr has continued his father's provocative ways. He transforms his frustrations onto film, allowing them to speak for him.
Mr. Lee Jr plans to do several podcasts with the following titles:
* The Brothers Of Abu Ghraib
Various Iraqi prisoners provide recollection of their experiences of being tortured by Black soldiers - per the focus of the American press at the time. The conclusion of the Iraqi prisoners - Moktada Al Haim is heard saying: "there is no particular difference between the torturous actions done by White American soldiers than by Black American soldiers. Only that the Black guy called us - how do you say it? "Take that Nigga" as he beat us."
* Brother Infidel - The View Of The Black Solider By The Insurgent Trying To Kill Them
In this segment Mr Lee Jr talks with the relatives of suicide bombers who are no longer with us, having blown themselves up while crashing into US military convoys. These relatives report that they were targeting the uniform, not the man inside it. Thus seeing a Black man inside of the uniform made no difference to them because he was carrying out the same mission that others who wore the uniform were doing. Why should they make note that these Black solders come from a slave legacy? Neither did it matter that most Black Americans back at home hated the war and President George W. Bush who sent them there.
* Wait Bro Don't Taze Me - The Black Jailers Of Guantanamo Bay
This episode details the former prisoners of Guantanamo Bay Cuba. In a surprising turn of events these Afghan and Iraqi prisoners said that they had free health care, good meals and were treated fairly. Some of them who had escaped the US military compound and infiltrated the Cuba society saw little difference between the prison and the daily life of the average Cuba citizen. Some of them came back to Camp Gitmo because at least they were able to leave the island - unlike the average Cuba citizen. Hasam Hili, a prisoner adds "It helped that we had a world of left wing activists lobbying for our release from Cuba. If only they were to do the same for the rest of the citizens of Cuba."
While I Was Away In Iraq I Could Have Been Saving New Orleans
Some Black soldiers who were members of the Louisiana National Guard, a good number of whom were deployed in Iraq when Hurricane Katrina hit their home town talk about their frustrations about not being able to save their own city.
Charles "Rambo" Jones says "I was very upset. I mean here I am fighting for my country in another land when I should have been at home rescuing people from the flood. Think about it - what Black man wants to see people in his home town suffering and he is off doing something else that is not helping people? I had the skills given to me by the US military to assist these people and thus assist myself because my people are me". When Mr. Lee Jr asked Mr. Jones about how he reconciles the fact that many civil rights leaders told Black people NOT to join the military because they would be deployed to Iraq but they also squandered the training opportunity to be able to help their own people in New Orleans and other places, Mr. Jones said "That was Bush's fault. How does Bush expect Black folks to care about saving our own communities if he doesn't provide a federal framework such as with the military to base this training upon? Are we supposed to set up a civilian protection service or something so that we can save ourselves? Didn't Bush realize that WE WERE SLAVES? Where are we going to get these resources necessary to save ourselves from if the Federal government doesn't provide them? They knew we were below sea level. They tried to kill us is what they did."
Mr. Lee's film series has not been rated yet.