"Black. White." the DVD
Do you really think that the movie touched upon the real racial issues that we continue to experience in our society? Are these types of "controlled" experiments the real deal? What did the film really say about the never ending issue of Black & White?
Well, I haven't seen the show yet, despite the fact that it's now available on DVD. This series debut on FX last year and on a scale of 0-100, the highest score that I've seen was an 80 and the lowest was a zero. Tough crowd!
Let's break this down for ourselves and see if we can understand the real meaning behind the show. First of all, keep in mind that it was a "reality show". Although dubbed as a "documentary", my impressions were that there were far too many situations that were "staged" than left for chance.
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What do you think you'd get if you take a white family and made them look black and a black family and made them appear white? Put them all in one house and sent them around Los Angeles with hidden cameras? It would seem to me that without the make-up there would be a show in its self. I'm not sure without seeing the DVD if there were any conclusions made or new thoughts developed by either side.
If you really want to get a grasp on "race relations" would you put your black and white families in California or say down in the South Carolina where the lines are more clearly drawn between the races?
The reality is that we all have our own thoughts or stereotypes on how we think the "other" side lives. Some people think the others have it easier and some believe that the other race is too quick to complain. You don't have to dress people up with different skin colors to find out that people are treated differently. People within the same race have different experiences based on how they behave. Then let's not forget how we disseminate that information. It's the "glass half empty" train of thought.
Personally, I thought that the way one of those News Magazine TV shows did the race experiment was more telling. Everyone kept their original color and went into the same establishment and with secret cameras we could tell how differently they were treated. However, I guess the point of the FX series was to allow each race to see how it "feels" to be in a different skin color.
I would think that it would be hard to pull off, because we are still who we are. Our prior experiences make us react differently, think differently and rationalize differently. Thanks for trying though...I think.
This is Leticia, I'm going to go buy the DVD (in my original skin color), and then I'll let you know if I feel any differently.
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