Counter-Racist Film Review: Red Tails Flying Solo

This is a typical scene from a war drama. The soldier and his beloved.

It is said that if people really care for each other, the endurance and quality of a relationship is dependent upon good communication. On not leaving unsaid those things that really bother us. White folks don’t care for me and the feeling is mutual. I’m talking to black people, black males specifically.

You wanna lay some blame on black females for our estrangement from you? Well, yes. I’m willing to admit that we haven’t been direct enough with you bruthas about the things that matter the most.

We have not told our sons, brothers, uncles, nephews, and cousins that we feel punched in the stomach when they bring non-black girlfriends into our homes. We don’t tell you how much it hurts us when you say you hate weaves but make it clear by your behavior that the hatred is simply because you don’t want to get tricked into mating with a female who doesn’t have the genes to produce a baby with that hair you deem “good.” Not hair like your own or hair like your father or grandfather’s. I suppose we’re too afraid that you wouldn’t care enough to stop the behavior even if we told you. We haven’t wanted that final confirmation that we mean so little to you. Well, by now, we pretty much have that confirmation. But, the day will come when you’ll have to care about our thoughts and feelings if you’re to have any chance of getting off your knees once you realize you’re there. So I’ll give it to you straight- no chaser about this film Red Tails.

See that pair of stills above? A movie scene in which a white soldier sends and receives letters from the one who motivates him to fight beyond his limits? That’s standard for a war drama no matter how gritty the action. There is always some reference like that to a female that the soldier is trying to get back home to. I’d never seen a war drama without it. Until Red Tails. — A movie about the first black pilots in the U.S. military who faced explicitly racist white men wearing the same uniforms as them as well as the bullets of those racists who were flying a different flag.

Sure, I expect racism in every single movie I see as long as we exist in this wretched system–even if the subject of the film is supposed to be about racism itself— However, I was caught off guard, slapped onto the proverbial floor when black males who I’ve heard for years, hours on end, discuss the ever-presentness of racism and it’s most important tactic of devastating black male-female relations… when I heard them, of all people, applaud Red Tails.

Many of these “conscious” (now often called “less confused”) black males had no reservations about telling me that overall, to them, it was an enjoyable and constructive movie. That hurts and makes me wary of you. But, I don’t want to feel that way. So, as I ice my temple, I invite you (if that is you) to communicate. I’ll start by sharing an email I sent to someone who shares your sentiments. I left his name out of it but he knows who he is. I hope it doesn’t irreparably damage our previously cordial, if not always eye-to eye, interactions. There is just a time to say what one means and mean what one says.

Greetings Sir:

Here’s why I found Red Tails the antithesis of constructive:

1) The absence of any reference to a black female was conspicuous and hurtful. I do not recall EVER seeing a war drama that did not have at least one significant reference to a white love interest in the film. Reading a letter in the barracks or fox hole, taking a photo out of a knapsack, a conversation that references a fiancée or wife. Something. It was not a minor omission. It was the major omission that made the whole thing a piece of unrefined racist propaganda in my eyes. Contrast that with the British national Anthem (battle hymn) of “God Save the Queen.” Not coincidentally, “My Country Tis of Thee “shares the same melody.

2) The quality of the cinematography, the dialogue, and the acting was astoundingly poor. I did not know that Aaron McGruder [writer and creator of the long-running political animated series, the Boondocks] was one of the writers of the script until I heard you say so. But, I had commented to my fam how it sounded so much like a cartoon that I actually chuckled at some points. My mind was somewhere else during most of the movie. It, in no way, commanded my attention like a feature film. The hiring of McGruder, I suspect, was white folks clowning. That and the title—Red Tails (baboons).

And, yes, we both have VGQ [Victims Guaranteed Qualification to say or do anything we see fit to respond to our victimization under the system of white domination]. Just thought I’d share. Ya know…I will say this. It is hurtful to me that black males who are less confused did not find the absence of a black female reference a fatal flaw. My own father, a former Panther wannabe who is married to a white woman, characterized the film almost exactly as you did.”

Give me The Tuskegee Airmen starring Laurence Fishburn any day.

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37 Responses to “Counter-Racist Film Review: Red Tails Flying Solo”

  1. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    References to those pilots as red-tailed baboons can be found on explicitly racist sites like niggermania, stuffblackpeopledontlike, chimpout and somewhere, I’m sure, in the endless pages of nigger jokes that are told all day, everyday by white folks of every occupation including film producers, scree writers, military officers, etc. When a restaurant server announces “it’s getting dark in here” when a party of black patrons walks in at dusk, you would probably look incredulous (with a smirk) that any reference is being made to the skin color of the usually unaware diners. I suspect you are a white person. I suspect you are a racist. Go elsewhere and practice your dedicated craft. Oh, monkeys don’t occupy the white house either just in case you’re curious, George—I mean Ross. Monkeys have pink skin under all that fur. Rather like you, I bet.

  2. Baboons don’t fly, just as rocks don’t fly. Red tail hawks fly. Airplanes fly. And pilots control them. Red Tails are appropriately named. Birds of prey. Only ignorance would seek to skew the meaning of the name Red Tail and make a non-association.

    Is the relation of branch to leaf the same as rock to cake? If you said yes, then no amount of schooling can correct such a skewed perspective.

    Ignorance, so not attractive. Good luck to you.

  3. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    The messages meant to braintrash nearly always have a double meaning for deniability. Yours is the first statement I’ve heard that the Tuskegee Airmen named THEMSELVES “Red Tails.” Labels given to victims of racism by themselves virtually never stick.

  4. RED TAILS: A red tail is a HAWK. a HAWK! These men flew planes and appropriately named themselves Red Tails.

  5. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    You are so right about our being programmed, from toddlerhood, to being invisible. ‘ll be sure to check out your post on this and share my thoughts and support for your stance, too. Please forgive me if it takes a few hours today. You know how these white folks always have to attending to the messes they throw at us to just keep breathing… And, yes, I am on blogtalk (there’s a link in the blogroll). Do you host at BTR program, Peanut?

  6. wow wow great post , I agree 100% I did a blog post about it and got verbally attacked by quite a few people. the thing that disturbed me was that so many Black women were completely oblivious and complacent to the fact that Black women were not in that movie. every one was ranting about how this was such a milestone for Black people….but um, there NO Black women, how can this be a milestone for Black PEOPLE? Seriously…really? Black women are o used to being invisible that we don’t realize we’re not there. We’re so used to being absent and second-place that we don’t even know how to speak up for ourselves. I found the exclusion of Black women unacceptable.

    you on blogtalkradio cree7?

  7. To all for comparison I went to a free screening of the Film Act of Valor. The film starring real Navy Seals. I thought I was watching a movie based on THE COD Modern Warfare and Rainbow Six Vegas games. There were several scenes where you got to hear and see the seals with their families. However the Black seals were without Black females, even though they did have children. Since these are supposed to be real life people. Even the most elite Black soldier can’t have a female. Plus 1 of the Black seals had a gold tooth. So it continues. Let’s continue the effort to end WS.

  8. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    You are that rock of encouragement, EmissaryOfWar. I have not forgotten the comment you made on FB about the beginning of the last chapter of this horrid system being opened by black females and closed by black males.

  9. EmissaryOfWar Says:

    Cree, the emotion and truth that goes into your writing is truly awe inspiring!! And then when the other ladies chime in with their comments to support your writing it is a thing of beauty. I love the essence that comes through the writing as well as the comments that follow, especially from the women( I do not play with the word Love). Although black males are victims, we are also a mess, which I some days struggle to understand why we dont snap out of it and do what we need to do. Cree, Pam LBM , Minnie B and the rest, you all are excellent and I really enjoy to read what you write.

    Bless!

  10. Thank you queen, you inspire me.

    Keep up the great work!

  11. I would also like to thank you for having the courage to recognize the pain of black women — and that black males collectively need to take some responsibility for the things they can control. (and the same is also true of us).

    We will never break free of this system if we do not learn to love, support, and respect each other. There is no other way.

  12. No, with all due respect, thank you sis… your articles help edify me into the black man that I theoretically should be once the system of racism white supremacy is eliminated.

    Keep up the great work!

  13. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    It would be appropriate to tell you, that I think I’m gonna cry. THANK YOU. Sincerely.

  14. The movie was strange. My first impression was that the film would show some historical accuracy. Yet, the film placed more emphasis on the IR relationship than the actions of the Tuskegee Airmen. The earlier Tuskegee film from the 1990’s was much better than Red Tails. Red Tails displayed more action in fire fights. The earlier film was better since it displayed the character of the black men more, the intellect of the black men more, and it didn’t try to glamorize an IR relationship.

    Me and my brother shook our heads when Red Tails obsessed with the relationship with an Italian woman and a black man. Red Tails de-emphasized white supremacy, while trying to picture IR as some solutions to discrimination (when one major solution to white supremacy is Black Love mixed with activism among other things). The movie Red Tails was a shock, because I at first believed that the film would approach the depth of the 1990’s film of the Tuskegee Airmen. Yet, it didn’t. Red Tails shown elaborate air battles, but the air battles can’t make up for its ommission of sisters in the whole film.

  15. I’m quite disgusted by this thread. Not that it was not constructive, because it certainly was, but none of the black males thought it to be appropriate to apologize for the umbrage and anguish that black females have suffered from us (black males) consciously, unconsciously, directly, or indirectly.

    Even though I (a black male) have not committed (and a number of other black males have not committed) any crimes against black females (as a whole, or individually) detailed in this article or out side this article, if feel I must apologize for the crap that many black males have directly or indirectly allowed or committed against our black females.

    In conclusion: I fully understand that black males and black females are both victims (the primary targets) under the system of white supremacy. Even though this is the bitter reality, I still feel compelled and find it apropos to apologize to all black females whom have suffered victimization or pain from any black man directly or indirectly. I also wanted to let black females know that we do (black males) care and love you, even though we many not express it.

    Again my apologies,

    Sincerely,
    A concerned and intensely victimized black male:

    God Bless, Peace, & Black Love

  16. I just want to add this follow up about Matrix 3. Racist man and woman are the most pre emptive people in the known universe. As such, I suspect the producers of Matrix 3 were awere that many were wondering (and annoyed) why Morpheous “gets no love”.

    so they pulled a “bait and switch.”

    They brought in a brand new blk character, I think his name was “Link” and gave him a blk female love interest (I forgot her name but she was hot).

    But this was no compensation because link was a new character and had no history, we really didn’t know him. Plus, their subplot was kinda “off the shelf” generic:

    “oh please don’t leave to go on this mission… well you know darling that I love you but a man gotta do what a man gotta do…Morpheous is depending on me….bla bla bla…”

    But on the plus side, niether of them got killed off.

  17. And this is why I agree that Black Love truly is a REVOLUTIONARY Act(ion). If it wasn’t there wouldn’t be such efforts to usurp it. Lucas is sexually infecting a Black female with his anti-human virus so he tells her through the big screen – healthy Black men want white females and only jacked up ones (burned up dude) “want” you. This thing of white domination is diabolically masterful – until WE wake the hell up. If we REALLY want to fight this disease, we will commit to be with each other, protect each other, procreate each other. That’s what the anti-humans DON’T WANT.

    Some of us will join CREE in discussing whether we’re REALLY prepared to do the work of seeing ourselves in all of our “crystal Blackness” later on. If we can really be honest about “how Black is too Black?” perhaps we can begin to feel for each other as we should and thus not allow the Lucas’ of the world to get away with such insults.

  18. “But, our creator has a lot of making up do do before I get a scowl off of my face when I look up at those stars.”

    oooo… I like your anger Cree.

    Actually, your above statement is very interesting because a large part of the plot is based on looking up at the stars; in addition to a dose of highly enriched “scowl remover”

    I like when those kinds of “convergences” happen. I don’t know what they mean but I know I like them.

    I’ll send you a PM later.

  19. Just keep me posted, I’ll have the popcorn and my ticket money ready! 🙂

  20. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    Oooweee. A movie by “Thwack”,,, Of course I know who you are, sir. Ooowwwww!!!!!!!!!!

    All this talent on this one comment thread. Something is going very right. But, our creator has a lot of making up do do before I get a scowl off of my face when I look up at those stars.

  21. TrojanPam, here is another one, Morpheous in the Matrix.

    I suspect by the time of the third Matrix, this “oversight” was becoming more of a distraction, and since they ran out of valid plot material, they decided to reunite Morpheous with an old flame “Niobi”.

    But they even had to sabotage that by:

    A. Making it apparent that Morpheous and Niobi broke up on bad terms and still harbored some resentment between them.

    B. That wasn’t enough, they had to make it worse by leaking some vieled idea that Commander Lok was involed with Niobi past or present in some way….

    So for the final movie of the trilogy, you were presented with 3 main black characters all in pretty much constant conflict/confusion/resentment/jealousy of each other.

    (((shakin my head)))

    In one scene where Morpheous and Niobi are trying outrun the robots, they even have her yell at him; “can’t you keep up!”

    Meanwhile, Neo and Trinity’s affection for each other is constantly demonstrated on a level that is so deep and vast its almost “above sexual” (even though they did get a f__K scene.

    To sum up, they key to this problem is people like us making our own movies.

    The technology has never been cheaper; the problem is the talent.

    Im making mine.

  22. @ Tracy

    It is troubling but it is also very predictable for a destroyed people who have never left the slave plantation, and must rely on the slave owners interpretation of the outside world (the real world), and worst yet, do not even know we are still slaves

    we have never been allowed to heal from 400 years of brutality and racist man and racist woman continue to pile on the damage until WE STOP THEM

    Unfortunately, we spend more time distrusting each other

  23. @ Thwack

    Your suspicions are right on point.

    That was the main theme of our book, “The Interracial Con Game” because the evidence that “black love/sex is taboo” is too overwhelming to deny it.

    I think you’re right, everything black people do well seems to make white people more insecure. Our failures VALIDATE them and make them feel normal

    because secretly I suspect that they know they are not, otherwise, why the need to inferiorize all non-white people? That just doesn’t add up to healthy self-esteem…

    In our book, there was a black female who was said she asked why there were more black men and women in movies and films making love and the white person she asked (i forget the exact quote) said, “White america isn’t ready for black love”

    or something to that effect.

  24. Yeah, its an old pattern. “Blade” was another movie where a black male “super hero”

    “didn’t get the girl”.

    I wonder if Snipes complained about it?

    Im still working on a theory about this phenomenon, but for now I’ll take a page out of Cress theory and say it may make white people feel insecure/inadequate when they see a black couple express sexual affection on the big screen?

    Its just a suspicion.

    Many Black people seem to have a certain potentcy/vitality… in their style of communication, and sexuality is a form of communication; as is dance, music and other art forms.

    Maybe the “loverless black hero” is a way to keep black people from “changing the game” of what it means to be a hero.

  25. @ Edward

    Thanks for that information

    I will share it with others because I didn’t know about the BW in the Army Nursing Corps

  26. @ Kofi

    Before Cree’s movie review, I had never associated the “Red Tails” with the “red-tailed baboon” so I did a little searching and found that the “red-tailed monkey” was very common in Africa. Supposedly, the black men were called “Red Tails” because the tails of their planes were painted red.

    I found a post on a Yahoo site where some white person asked,

    “What is closer to a red-tailed baboon? Michele Obama? Or Barack Obama?

    And this was posted THREE years ago, so it is clear that there is a connection between red tails, monkeys, and black people in the minds of racist man and racist woman

    I could almost hear some white people snickering as black people wax eloquently about what a great movie “Red Tails” is…

    But that is always a problem, letting our enemies create our images and tell our stories and expecting accuracy. That is just not a logical outcome OR expectation.

    When I think of white women writing books like “The Help” making millions of dollars by telling BW’s stories I tried but couldn’t think of a single black female author who has attempted or been rewarded for telling a WW’s story . I suspect white people don’t give book and movie deals to black authors who step outside the bounds of what white people think of as “black writing”

    Regarding your comment on “The Help” I haven’t seen it (and really don’t plan to)

    If black men were absent I think that is more evidence that the white media manipulators want to keep BM and BW separated.

    The difference between “Red Tails” and “The Help” is — in my opinion — these black women were NOT uplifted or turned into heroes or heroines, nor did any of them have a romance with a white male.

    Given the circumstances of black females cleaning up dirty , nasty, trifling, and lazy white women’s houses, I doubt any BM in the audience cared whether there were black males shown as the love mates of these downtrodden black females.

    But you do raise an interesting point. Since I didn’t see the movie, did any of the BW have a man?

  27. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    On point, Tracy. That’s just the abcs of it.

  28. I find it troubling to see that we keep looking for racist man and racist woman to betray us kindly on the big screen. George Lucas pulled a Svengali move on us by first reporting that he invested his own money into this big budget film but he believes he did a disservice to the so called African American community since it was his belief that we wouldn’t support it and no one will ever again invest in another big budget African American film, we should have said “so what”. Instead what did we do, support it. Not only did he recoup his investement, but got a chance to clown us. The name of the game is racism/white supremacy not lets lift up the so called African American communities self/esteem. This is something we must do for self. Boycott these things that are not constructive to and for us. We should know by now that given any opportunity racist man and woman will degrade us. WAKE UP!

  29. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    EdwardH, thank you so much for making an exception to your policy of abstaining from online comments to make such a forceful and clear statement about the brain-trashing and revisionist history that the power of white people who are able to practice white supremacy in the entertainment industry do, in fact, practice— with devastating effect. I’m glad you are we;l-versed in the real story because I listened as a young black male said he wasn’t surprised that there were no black females in the film because there were not that many black females on the bases for the airmen to be around. And, had it not been for your comment, it’s likely that I’d never have rebutted that statement. Thank you again, sir. Please know that your time and effort in such a thorough response will pay dividends. I have hopes that, soon, we’ll see more than one outstanding film that is much more faithful to real events. Nothing any group of white soldiers did in WWII compared to the triple-war the Tuskegee Airmen fought. I look even more forward to the day when that genius and valor is focused solely on replacing the global system of white domination with a system of justice.

  30. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    Okay, Pam, sometimes there really is just that one word: WOW.

  31. Never thought about the “red tailed baboon” comparison. Never even crossed my mind…damn Queen. Thank you for that. Have you heard of the counter arguments about negative images or lack of images of brothers in “The Help” or “For Colored Girls”?

  32. As a practice – due primarily to the sensitivity of my work within the Information Security sector, I try to stay out of online forum, as they are ALL monitored by three-lettered governmental agencies.

    However, because I am really passionate about this area of concern, and REALLY love my people, I have chosen to share a recent E-mail message that I wrote to a colleague – asking my thoughts of the movie, “Red Tails.”

    This colleague was very interested in my thoughts, as I am a member of the Detroit Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Incorporated. I have the good fortune of knowing several original Tuskegee Airmen, and have heard the actual real-life stories of several of the Airmen that were being portrayed in the film.

    Here is the question that was asked of me by a colleague, whose name I have changed in order to protect her identity:

    Thanks Edward. …And we’re proud to know you! Looking forward to seeing the movie. Do you know if it has stayed true to the history and persons? Sure hope so. Love, Kim.

    The following was my response after having viewed the movie for the first time:

    Kim,

    It’s not my intent to be a spoiler, but the truth of the matter is that George Lucas failed to stay true to the real life events. However, he was successful in perpetuating the Hollywood status quo of showing and defining Blacks in its’ own image and likeness, which is decidedly racist.

    The outline sketches of stories that occurred are there. However, for anyone who actually knows the segregated history and circumstances under which the Tuskegee Airmen were required to serve, George Lucas chose not to deal with the actual history as it was.

    Here is a case in point:

    Hollywood has engaged in an overt practice for years, which deliberately refuses to show African American men and women in Positive, Loving Relationships. In Hollywood’s blueprint, it serves their purposes and agenda for the world to only see us as dysfunctional, and wholly incapable of healthy romantic situations that would propagate and perpetuate ourselves as a group that God created. It is very conspicuous that anytime you observe a Black woman in a supposedly romantic relationship on the big screen, she has to be shown with someone other than a Black man (Translation-White male to the rescue). However, if she happens to be coupled with a man from her own ethnic community, the couple is usually depicted as down-trodden, profoundly impoverished, or the Black man is encased in the role of abusive husband or father . By contrast, Hollywood seems committed to showing Black men as pleasure objects for White women. In this particular exhibit, a Tuskegee Pilot became romantically involved with an Italian woman living in a nearby village. The other template that routinely gets perpetuated is that of effeminate Black man. Hollywood has played this particular hand so frequently, a critically thinking person would be left with no other conclusion than Hollywood has committed its work to the continued degradation and disintegration of the African American Family.

    True to Hollywood’s form, George Lucas stayed loyal to the standard script. What was historically represented by the Tuskegee Experiment was the cream-of-the-crop “healthy, talented, brilliant African American Men and Women,” who were responsible for orchestrating and maintaining every conceivable aspect of an ALL-NEGRO Air Force Base, which was located in Ramitelli Air Base, Italy. Everyone from the very top commander to the lowest ranking none-support personnel were Black. However, the one pilot who finds love in Lucas’ version of the storyline, had to drive miles around the countryside to establish and cultivate a romantic relationship with a woman who didn’t speak his language, and he never learned to speak hers throughout the entire movie.

    In the meantime, the real history, based upon details conveyed by real Tuskegee Airmen speak of the Beautiful Black Brilliant, Shapely, Substantive Women that were stationed at every base where the Airmen were segregated. Additionally, African American women in the Army Nursing Corps were in sufficient numbers – sufficiently available, as the majority were single (never married). According to some of the honorable Airmen that I have had the good fortune of knowing, life had its challenges, but overall it was great! There was an entire Corps of Tuskegee Nurses (100% African Women), Tuskegee Doctors, Lawyers, Chaplains, Chefs, and a significant number of Maintenance Personnel that maintained the aircraft (All Africans). This represents the actual relational possibilities of Tuskegee Airmen, who operated within a segregated military unit. However, there was not a single Black Female shown throughout the ENTIRE movie, which struck me as incredible!

    For those who are aware of the subtle racial programming that shows up in the movies produced by Hollywood, this movie will be regarded as just another example of sophisticated racism that is weaved throughout movies that are regularly delivered to the American psyche. And for that reason, it will probably win an award.

    As a researcher and observer of human behavior, I found it somewhat fascinating, but not enormously entertaining. I gave it a solid 2.5 out of 5 stars.

    EdwardH

  33. Read your on-point review of ‘Red Tails’ and I agree wholeheartedly. I was surprised when I discovered (over the years) how timid we BW were when it came to speaking truth to BM

    it is such a contradictory mix of “superwoman BW” VS the “timid BW who is so afraid of alienating BM that we are mute about their betrayals. I think it is due to our secret understanding that the bond between us is so fragile, it wouldn’t take much to break it altogether.

    It is a terrible position for a group of women who were brutalized by 500 years of slavery and racism, in a world that hates black people and females — to know we must fend for ourselves. At that point, whatever good will we can squeeze out of our fragile relationships becomes too precious to risk losing by speaking the truth.

    Also, I think BW take out a lot of our pain and anger over these betrayals and mistreatment on other BW because we have internalized the LIE that the BW’s feelings matter not to anyone but herself

    and so BW take this position with an ease that is heart breaking

    I think your review is something that all BM and BW should read and seriously think about. We are too quick to accept the white racist interpretation of our images and history, which I suspect is part of our need for white validation as in:

    “That white man Lucas stood up for black people, he’s a good white man, he’s a brother now!”

    to

    “Look at us, white world, do see how brave and strong we can be? Won’t you change your minds about mistreating us once you see this film?”

    as though white people are mistreating us because they didn’t know how great the Tuskegee airmen were and now that a white man (Lucas) made this movie, it will stop whites from calling us “nigger” and being racist.

    Keep speaking TRUTH, Sis, because there is NO WAY a black man could have made a movie about white men, left white women out of the movie altogether , hooked up the blondest, blue-eyed white man with a beautiful BW

    and had white people applauding and praising our film.

    In fact, they wouldn’t have supported it at all.

    It is a shame to NOT see the women that look like your mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, lovers, and wives

    and not even notice their absence

  34. CREE-EIGHT Says:

    SO, SO , Sooo glad to hear this coming from a black male. It means a lot for black females to have that verbalized support and understanding of this issue—for both males AND females. Thank you, sir.

  35. Kushite Prince Says:

    As a black man I was insulted to NOT see any sistas in this film. The black woman was made totally invisible. Black women have always stood by their men. And this clown of a pilot”Lighting” was so head over heels for a white chick?? This was disgusting! A total slap in the face! This was just more interracial propaganda from The Beast. I wanted my money back. Hollyweird always has an agenda. That’s what black people have to realize. Therefore,we must always have our third eye open at all times.

  36. I was greatly displeased with the so-called historical reference to Brotha’s portrails of there actions in the film. However going in I knew that in a system of racism/white supremacy, the only way the oppressor would promote, fund anything positive relating to Afrikan life or circumstances is when it benifits the system of racism/white supremacy. The salt in the wound was the pilot’s fixation with the white woman, (discusting to say the lest) there were no sista’s in the medical wards or anything. Truly a made for Gollywood movie to capture the minds or confused (VWS) people.

  37. I agree the first Tuskegee Airmen movie was better. There was one moment of a black wife mentioned. That was when a pilot was talked about having to go home with 3rd degree Burns. So the black woman gets/deserves damaged goods. Unfortunately that black ladies weren’t shown as romantic interests shows more work needs to be done. We need to remember this the next time you hear George Lucas isn’t racist because he has a black fiancée. Ultimately it was Lucas and other whites that put this film out.

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