“One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. We must not remember that Daniel Webster got drunk but only that he was a constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner… and simply remember the things we regard as creditable and inspiring. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect men and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth.”
– W.E.B. Du Bois
In an old episode of the “Tyra Show” recently resurfacing on YouTube, Tyra Banks aired a special program on “Racism in Hollywood” including an exclusive interview with Native American twin actresses, Shannon and Shauna Baker. In the clip, they discuss the various stereotypes attributed to their people, the pressure to disguise themselves as Latina women, and especially the dearth of available roles for Native American actors. In fact, it seems that in Hollywood as in most of America, Native Americans only exist in the public’s minds as a bygone image from the 18th century, when in fact they remain very much alive and in their homeland in the 21st century. Watch the fascinating interview below:
UPDATE: I am aware I am incredibly late on getting this story out. It’s obviously almost a week from the promised Feb. 27 date. The story took me longer than expected to write and I’m in the process of typing it up now. Thanks for your patience.
The notoriously puzzling case of a former Officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, Christopher Jordan Dorner, has sparked a heated and polarizing debate over the man at the center of the controversy. His opponents contend the man was a ruthless brutal murderer and a ‘cop-killer’, whereas his supporters have knighted him the latest ‘hero’ in a long line of fallen freedom fighters victimized by a corrupt State. The truth, however, may lie somewhere in between. Join us on Wednesday as we examine the recent case of Chris Dorner and the LAPD from a historical perspective. Was he a violent bloodthirsty villain? Or was he instead a casualty of LAPD racism? We’ll be examining the credibility of Dorner’s allegations made in his “manifesto” against the very same police department responsible for some of the biggest scandals of the 1990’s: the beating of Rodney King and the Rampart corruption case.