But what these connected histories teach us is that the right to occupy public accommodations unharassed is a right black people fought for. Died for. Endured centuries of indignity and white entitlement for. Battles over how we share public space are foundational to the narrative of race in this country.
There’s an unmistakable element of generational chauvinism to these complaints as well. I want my son, who is now just under four months old, to watch and love Ghostbusters the way I did when I was eight years old. But I’m also excited about him growing up with a Ghostbusters franchise where women are front and center in heroic, central roles, rather than limited to supporting roles as secretaries and love interests inhabited by demons at key moments. Old isn’t necessarily good, just as new isn’t necessarily bad.
Again, I make no excuses for my past. That culture didn’t make me do anything I didn’t want to do, but when you judge me without actually knowing me, you deny the existence of the world I come from.
- I could watch this all day long: babies going through tunnels
- My life
But the truth is, a new racial lens is exactly what America needs. In “Selma,” we learn what films look like when directors and cinematographers who love and respect black people turn their gaze on us. “Selma” artfully displaces a white gaze, and it is this unnamed and unsettling anxiety that sits at the heart of so many of the critiques of the film.
- Sitting at my desk bawling as I watch this: “Wish my parents could see him…”
A few of my favorite recent tweets:
Will this job require me to use my hands because as you can see I have to hold my swords
— Snorklhuahua (@weinerdog4life) January 18, 2015
Some jerk called me "pretentious" so I called him a "planktupus." I can make up nonsense words too.
— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) January 29, 2015
Most of my wives think I'm a Mormon.
— Spazio (@Spaziotwat) October 23, 2014
911: What is your emergency? Me: All of it
— moody monday (@mdob11) January 27, 2015
Love when guys on Grindr at 2am are like "What are YOU doing up so late hehe" and I'm like "worrying about money"
— Sam (@SamuelMoen) January 29, 2015
I'd love to hear what would come out of my mouth if someone put a gun to my head and demanded that I commentate a football game
— Bridger Winegar (@bridger_w) January 13, 2015
In a female reboot of Top Gun there would be no sweaty volleyball or innuendo. Women aren't weird like that. They'd all just have sex.
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 27, 2015
Keeping a blood capsule in my mouth for the next guy who tells me to smile.
— Jessie (@NicCageMatch) October 29, 2013
Whole Foods before a snowstorm is upper middle class Thunder Dome.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) January 25, 2015
Not all white people die in hot air balloon accidents, but only white people die in hot air balloon accidents.
— Jamie Woodham (@jwoodham) October 8, 2013