Everything is political. Including, in fact in particular that of Hollywood. Upon recent viewing of a showing of the History Channel piece entitled Hatfield's & McCoys. That prompts itself as an historical account of the infamous long played out battle of two working class white families during the 1800's. Amongst other things that alarmed me was the fact that although thus far the film has depicted details. Such as what part of Virginia the families were in, what laws were to be enacted if on the Kentucky border, etc.. It even attempts to portray some of the usual John Wayne drama such as the honorable Wild West codes adhered to by the White Men and Women of the Wild Wild West. The bible toting hard working ethics of Europeans making their way through the frontier. It gives a slight mention to the historical falsehood of "Indians" scalping. A contradiction that flies in the face of the documented fact that it was in fact White people doing the scalping. In which the Apache scalps garnered up to 25,059 dollars a piece upon turn in to the colonial officials. As in the case of Hollywood, their fictional flicks, and their propaganda machines. From Birth of a Nation, Tarzan, Seinfeld, Losing Isiah, Blindside, Oprah Winfrey, The Green Mile, Dog the Bounty Hunter, to Capitalist commercials. African people are either whited out of history, reduced to some subervient minor act, and/or dependent upon the great White hope to save our savage souls. The Hatfield's & McCoys supposedly shows the times and travails of the 1800's in North America, what is to later be recognized as the United States of America. The land stolen from the Native Man and built by the African. and the only sighting of a Black person is a brief showing of a midwife when a White Woman is in the process of childbirth. A cartoon would look crazy, lest lone so-called historical account. That portrays timber being cut, land being plowed, bread being kneaded, etc. and not a slave in sight?! Actually this should come as no surprise from a key player in the white washed versions of Government conspires, to the pale face who dared to Dance with wolves, to the Bodyguard of the African-American damsel in distress Whitney Houston. Who was able to come back in reality with his cape. And be keynote speaker at her funeral in which fellow Black artists such as Jaheim were denied entry. And even the father of her child. Bobby Brown was barely allowed entry to her home going services. In the words of the late Gil Scott Heron, one has to ask...Hollywood or Hollyweird?
-Chairman Fred H.A.M.pton Jr. POCC/BPPC. WE RIDE!
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