The Movie Barbershop
In an article in Salon, Earl Ofari Hutchinson writes, “they (Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jesse Jackson) took seriously the deliberately silly and inane crack by Cedric the Entertainer that the towering contributions of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. to the civil rights struggle had no value.” The two Reverends also requested that the section be cut from the film.
How ridiculous is that? No one in the African-American community sees the contributions that Parks and King made to the civil rights movement as less than what they were…REVOLUTIONARY. The two “leaders” have been bartering with the greater society on the backs of blacks for far too long. Subsequently they both are out of touch with the community and its differing sections. Blacks are not ALL alike. The Reverends should, and I suspect do, know that diversity within the black community is as varied as the society as a whole. Commonalties can be found wherever you choose to look. I agree that the white community has given these two “leaders” currency and an authorization to speak on behalf of all blacks, as the Rev’s are the people that whites want to deal with on issues regarding blacks. Both Jackson and Sharpton have helped the community, but they are not the end all be all on all things black. It's a movie that depicts a part of who we are as African-Americans, let's enjoy it for what it is.