Counter-Racist Film Review: THE BLIND SIDE
In this blog, “black people” = all shades of brown, red, and yellow people.
THE BLIND SIDE, PART I.
I recently had a sci-fi-like, sickening hour that began when one of my closest associates, a black female, said of the film, The Blind Side, “Ohh, I absolutely love that movie!! It’s one of my all-time favorites!” At that moment, I saw myself in another movie asking, “Who is this person taking over the mind and voice of my dear associate, ‘Sheila’?” Why can’t Sheila see the damage being done to the real estate of her mind in The Blind Side? Why can’t she see that this same damage has been inflicted on her 20 yr-old male offspring, “Eli?” Couldn’t Sheila understand that the same young guy she’d borne with pain, that she’d fed, clothed, held when he’d cried, and cared for when he’d been ill did not have a “protective response” for her? Yet, she’d told me, this young black male did have a protective response for his white girlfriend enough to take a boxing stance against my timid friend. Eli had displayed that protective response mechanism right after the white girlfriend had, without being provoked, screamed at Sheila — in Sheila’s place of residence.
What black female is more worthy of a black male’s protection than a white female? Well, not even the mother of a black male. Sheila and Eli recently got a refill of that message when they viewed The Blind Side— together.
In the film, rather than “protective response,” the term, “protective instinct,” is used. And, we are told that the young, black male character who is at the center of the plot, Michael Oher, tested at the 98th percentile for it when his learning aptitudes were assessed in his early years. “Instincts” are abilities born to all members of an animal species. Instincts are not aptitudes that vary from person to person. So, Oher must be an animal!
Yes, Michael Oher is a stray who is given a makeshift bed at first and then his own “special” bed when it is decided that he will stay with the Thuoys, the white family that finds him wandering along a road one cold night. There is, of course, the honorable search for his owner and his name. But, once settled in, Oher is included in the family Christmas card photo with such different clothing and facial expression than the Thouys that he resembles a mascot or a pet. Yes, physically strong, young, black, male persons are mentally weak beasts. These beasts can be made “lovable” by white people if the beasts are trainable so that their “protective instinct” is directed toward the benefit of white people and in opposition to black “quasi-persons.” The Thouys reward Oher’s training successes with the reliable tools of dog trainers—food and statements of praise: “Good boy, ”“Thatta boy.”
We see that Black female quasi-persons lack the softness required to fully capture the heart of a black male quasi-person and are a waste of the male beast’s protective efforts. All white female persons, even sneering, old teachers, have an excess of those soft qualities and they are all beautiful on the outside, the inside, or both.
But, like dogs, properly trained black males can be a white boy’s best friend and are loads of constructive fun to train. Loyal black males help white boys learn how to be large and in-charge. Good black males never do anything that will cause white men to take notice.
Black (quasi-)people should trust white people. Some of them are wonderful, through and through.
We really get clowned at the end of the film when photos are shown of the real people upon which the film was based. While Bullock would be said by most to be much more attractive than Mrs. Thouy, this is the first instance of which I’m aware that the actor portraying a character based upon a true story is far less attractive than the real person. Just taking note of the condition of the black male actor’s teeth will tell you a lot about the intent behind this production. When I mentioned this to my associate, Sheila, she responded that the show Oprah did on the film explained the casting choice as being dictated by the size of Oher. But the real Oher was significantly smaller than the actor. The real Michael Oher had been a lean, thick basketball player as well as a football player with a gleaming smile.
Looking at the departures the script takes from from the real story as told on Wikipedia is instructive. Little S.J. never trained Oher. And, the Thouy clan took Oher in after he had already successfully played two years of high school football—one in public school and one at the private school attended by the Thuoy children.
Of course, if the intended plot was recognized by the conscious mind, it would be formally and/or informally boycotted. So, it is introduced through the blind side (see part II below on the subconscious mind) of the viewer by presenting distracting cover lines and images for the conscious mind—such as the school record of his “protective instincts” contrasted with the swank residence of millionaire southerners.
Below is a summary of the the story board’s blind side. Ah, no, I do not think the title of the film is a coincidence. Ah, yes, I do think that racists (white supremacists) are that smart and vicious. The pics below are narrated by excerpts from an actual synopsis and review of The Blind Side that can be found at a site that reveals plots and endings: www.themoviespoiler.com.
“The family is in the car on their way to dinner, and they explain to Michael that their dad owns 85 Taco Bells, KFC’s and Long John Silver restaurants. But they are going somewhere special to celebrate that Michael’s grades have risen enough that he qualifies for athletics and can try spring football. Before going in, they run into the bookstore while LeAnn has to pick up a book. She finds them sitting in the children’s book section, reading Where the Wild Things Are aloud. It was Collin’s favorite book, and Ferdinand the Bull was S.J’s favorite. Leigh Anne asks Michael if his mama ever read these books to him, and he just silently shakes his head. Later at home, she sits on the bed and reads Ferdinand to the boys.”
“At the Tuohy home, it is decorated for Christmas with a tree and decorations on the fireplace, and the family is dresses up for a portrait with a photographer. They take one, and then she calls Michael to be in the next one. Sean looks at her quizzically, and she says, “It’s not like it going on the Christmas card”. The family is watching Tennessee football on TV later, and Leigh Anne tells Michael she always roots for whoever Tennessee is playing; he cheers against them ‘with gusto'”
“At a meeting at school, Leigh Anne learns that his GPA is low and there are very few records for Michael, but that he has an IQ of 80, and low scores on all areas of an aptitude test except one: protective instincts, where he scored in the 98th percentile. “
“At Michael’s first football practice, he does not do well, having never played before. Coach Cotton yells instructions, but Michael just doesn’t get it. Leigh Anne and Sean watched the practice, and afterwards the coach is amazed that having such an upbringing would make Michael more aggressive, even violent on the field, but he doesn’t act that way. Leigh Anne muses to herself that he is just like Ferdinand the Bull.”
“she [Sandra Bullock’s character, Leigh Anne Tuohy] grabs the quarterback and tells Michael that on the field, the team is his family, and when he sees the quarterback he should picture her, and protect him. Then she grabs the tailback, and tells Michael that when he sees him he should think of S.J. [her young grade- schooler son] and protect him. Then she says to go have some fun, and leaves. His next play, he drills the defenseman and everyone cheers. He does it again and again, and finally understands what his position is.”
“S.J. becomes Michael’s trainer, and leads him in drill, exercises and work outs. We see Michael get better and quicker with S.J.”
THE BLIND SIDE, PART II.
The following information is offered as a supplement to my discussion of the box office smash, The Blind Side. It is a validation of the existence of the blind side existing in the minds of all people—- the subconscious mind, which can be programmed by others to shape your behavior without your conscious knowledge of it.
Impaired sight is a function of either/both the eyes and/or the brain. Hearing is a function of either/both the ears and/or the brain. So, there are both physical and mental blind sides. Blind sides hold content of which you will not be aware unless you shift from your usual focus. It’s important for every driver to be aware of his/her physical blind side when changing lanes or when backing up. It’s important for every black person who is viewing any film to be aware of his/her mental blind side because it is the preferred angle of attack of the most powerful of the racist (white supremacists). What, you may be asking, is a mental blind side? The mental blind side is the subconscious mind. While the subconscious mind has been intuitively and theoretically accepted for many decades, its existence was experimentally proved in 2005 by California Institute of Technology behavioral scientist Naotsugu Tsuchiya. The experiment and its results appeared in the October, 2008 issue of Scientific American:
In 2005 Tsuchiya invented a technique, continuous flash suppression, which renders a picture invisible, hiding it from your conscious sight. Yet some part of your brain has access to the image and influences your behavior in untold ways. The way it works is simple. Say Tsuchiya wants to camouflage a picture of an angry male face. With the help of a split computer screen, Tsuchiya projects a faint image of this snarling guy into your left eye. Your right eye sees a rapidly changing set of colored rectangles, one on top of another. If you keep both eyes open, all you see are the ever changing series of colored patches but no angry face. The constantly flickering colors attract your attention in a way that the static portrait does not. As soon as you close your right eye, the face becomes visible. But otherwise you have no inkling that the face is there, even though your left eye has been staring at it for many minutes. You simply do not see it…
Functional brain imaging shows that this angry face still activates a part of your brain that is concerned with fear, the amygdala. That is, at least some sector of your brain knows about the face—as it ought to because an angry male face in front of you might spell big trouble. This brain activity remains unconscious but may influence your behavior or generate a subtle feeling of unease.
…What this experiment teaches us is that the mind has many nooks and crannies; some—probably the minority—are consciously accessible, whereas most are hidden from introspection, lost in the vast catacombs of the brain. Yet they can powerfully influence your behavior, making you do things without knowing why. Continuous flash suppression—and other techniques that magicians and psychologists have invented to distract you so you do not see things while looking at them—in combination with functional brain imaging is a delicate tool to map the landscape of the visual unconscious.
Movies are seen and heard with the brain. The brain is our computer and eyes and ears are two of the ports to that computer.