back in 1963

I was definitely shocked when I heard that Whitney Houston died.  Although I never made a habit of listening to her music, undoubtedly she had a great talent.  Had her life taken a different course, she could have made so much more fine music, so it’s sad that her life was so short.  I was surprised to learn that she is the same age as me, born in 1963.  I had never really thought about how old she was, but she seemed younger somehow…

We’re watching The Help tonight in DVD — Karen says it is set in 1963 (although other sources online just mention “the early 1960s”.  I have not read the book.  The movie is pretty good.  The civil rights movement started before I was born and has been interwoven throughout the social themes in my lifetime.  I was always taught that everybody is supposed to have the same rights and freedoms as everyone else.   Even as a child I was not naive to the realities of racial strife, but my awareness came only through pictures, movies and books, not personal experience.  However, The Help is set in Mississippi, where things have always been different than my life spent in Ohio and California.  It’s sobering so see blatant racism — such as that displayed by some of the white characters — acted out on screen.  I get why the book and movie have their critics — at times, stories about racism against blacks as told essentially by whites (in this case the white writer played by Emma Stone) come across a bit self-righteously and heavy-handedly.  Nevertheless, the stories are better told than untold, and if they need somehow to be made more palatable to wider audiences by the manner in which they are presented, than that’s OK with me.

 

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About goldenbearflyer

Robert Martz is a writer who doesn't make any money writing, so he keeps a day job in finance. He lives and works in Walnut Creek, CA. He began blogging in 2011 as a way of taking responsibility for and finding a place to put his thoughts and feelings. He loves to eat, cook, and travel. He volunteers, practices yoga, runs, bicycles, hikes, and explores nature with passion and a child-like sense of wonder. He is inspired by his amazing friends, doers and other writers. Check out another of his blogs at http://goldenbearflyer.webnode.com/.
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