Have you been watching Empire on Fox? If not may I recommend you do? Personally, I find it compelling drama, music and characters.
Fellow nonprofiteers and fundraisers, I am forever grateful to Clay Buck, CFRE for introducing me to Vu and his blog Nonprofit with Balls. IMHO, Vu Le is the future of our profession.
Have you noticed a change in status quo or lack of change in the past five to ten years? As a bucker of the quo – I am all for change. Lately some seems to be shifting and changing fast and others not at all.
The Academy seems very comfortable nominating people of color who fall into a very familiar relationship to white people in movies. So I’m talking about playing slaves. I’m talking about playing housekeepers and maids and butlers and chauffeurs or famous entertainers.I would say that there is a kind of comfort with what people call a white savior narrative, where the point of view of something like the civil rights movement, the point of view belongs to a white actor. The agent of the change is white.
Gay Marriage – from “not in my city/state/place of worship” to the Supreme Court reviewing all bans and legislation. HRC has been working on this for decades – in the past year more positive change has taken place than in the last nine years. Even better – gay couples are finding it easier to adopt – See my friend Brian Rosenberg’s work on Gays with Kids. And television has come around to include gay couples, marriage and include gays with kids.
Communication - Faster, easier, better (?). Depends on who and what you are communicating. Personally, I do find it easier – stay in touch with friends who are no longer nearby. The ability to share information is also better – IMHO.
War - I just saw American Sniper and highly recommend it. I grew up during Vietnam and as a history major remember reading about how the US had to learn to fight differently. Again our military had to go to war differently in Iraq. Chris Kyle (THE sniper) was a part of that shift and he saved lives. Have you noticed the change in how we talk foreign policy from a decade ago?
I wrote this post in 2011…
If you haven’t seen Selma – go – take your children, their entire class any generation behind you. As I wrote in 2011 and Ava Duvernay learned through Selma – many younger viewers still don’t know the history of the civil rights movement or what MLK (the initials!) stood for. I don’t know what they’re learning in history any more!
Dr. King’s non-violence forced others to show their true selves. He asked them to treat people equally, lawfully and enforce the laws nationwide. Because he stood firm in his belief in non-violence and that which he believed, he made change. He created the first and some of the largest protest marches that have stood as an example of how others make change today for other movements – anti-war, Occupy, immigration, schools.
I consider myself well read and as a political science and history major decades ago-I thought well informed of American history. The Selma story went much deeper than any history book I ever read. I knew of the violence – but reading about it is different than seeing it. And the back room conversations with political leaders (whether you agree with the movie portrayal of LBJ or not) isn’t far off – otherwise why would it take so long for the voting rights act? The Johnson administration was FORCED to make voting rights a priority – they didn’t want to or have to until pushed.
When I was five years old living in Shaker Heights Ohio, I don’t remember any of this. But I remember reading about it – more in university than high school. I should have spent more time looking at newspaper microfiche than reading books – and I know better as a history major – primary source is always better.
Supposedly we study history so as not to repeat it – I am sorry to say this is not always true, but this should not stop us from remembering our past to improve our future and make better choices.