Beautiful And Moving Story of Ethnicity And Our Association With Beauty
" i thought Mexicans only bleed black", says a white boy to the film's central character, who is Hispanic American. that pretty much sums up the racial control of non-whites by the Caucasian culture. you don't bleed like me.
that is what young Nita is up against. she is Mexican American and is left to struggle for her identity with little or no support. not even from her own mother. especially not from her mother. Nita's mother is a controlling, shrewish woman who forces Nita to bleach her skin white in order to fit in to "white" society in America of the 1950's. Nita has no where to turn. not to the self centered Nun's of her Catholic school. not to her Hispanic friends, who don't understand her pain and why she feels like this. and not to her father who is indifferent to all. the only person who understands is her little sister, who can do nothing to thwart the un-happy consequences of all this and must watch in painful silence.
this movie was moving to the point of tears. a painful reminder of how hard America (a predominately white culture and nation)is to fit in to. and as long as America has a white neo-con (i'm not taking about Repubs either. 'con' also means controller, navigator) image of itself. that won't change much. as an American who is a Heinz 57 mix of just about everything i can personally tell you this is difficult. and it's worse if you are mixed because you don't fit in anywhere. people always try to tell me i'm imagining things that there is no racial bias here. then they go off to fight racial causes and equal rights. go figure. people always think your problems don't matter. don't believe it. those people are hypocrites. they think only their rights matter. not yours.
if you are suffering from this lack of assimilation don't give up hope completely. you're not imagining it. racism is alive and well in America. so is discrimination. white people love to tell you they are not racist but they are the worst ones of all. and they always play God by trying to solve everything in white terms. they think it's up to them to accept. it's not. in Spike Lee's 'Malcolm X' film, a young white woman rushes up to Malcolm X and states, "as a young white woman, what can i do to help the black cause?",to which Malcolm very warily replies,"nothing".
there is nothing whites can do. they are like Narcissus gazing into the pool in love with his own reflection. non-whites have got to stop thinking that whites will solve their dilemma. whites won't, can't, and should not solve it. sad, but true.
i hope someone reads this before it's too late and somebody does something really stupid again concerning this subject. this is a great film for non-white children to see. this film belongs to them. all children should always remember that you don't have to be white to be beautiful. people come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. if you are Hispanic American, Black American, Asian American, or even an American who is over weight or just different, consider the source of your criticism and learn to rebuke and deny it away. remember, you are everything, the sun, the moon, and the stars. God sees all and knows your heart while man cannot. God bless. you are not alone.
* i accidentally gave this movie an eight when i meant to rate it a ten star film.
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