Skip to comments.Spike Lee Owes Reparations
Posted on 05/01/2010 3:12:59 PM PDT by TigerBait
So Spike goes on NBC's WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE last night.
Hilarity ensues...as we watch Spike turn several shades of grey as he comes to terms with the fact that:
*His great grandpa worked in a CONFEDERATE Colt pistol factory, that was burned down by Sherman.
* He almost certainly has white blood.
* His ancestors not only had 40 acres and a mule, they had 80 acres and a mule by the 1870 census.
*His third cousin twice removed was a fine southern lady living in Texas.
Now I have a soft spot for Spike, and his "joints", but he espouses this cartoonish view of racial issues.
It was nice to see him HAVE TO FACE the complexities of that time and the unlikely close relationship between slave/slaveowner, and all the other issues...you can't just fit this stuff in a neat little box just to make yourself feel morally superior.
I watched the show. He was mortifed to discover he had white ancestors.
She is a former colleague of mine.
It reminds of an observation that P.J. O’Rourke once made on this point (I paraphrase his statement): many blacks born in the US have more white patrician blood in them than do the inbred yahoos wearing bedsheets and burning crosses.
Sweet! Spike got pwnd!
We could not make this stuff up.
Regardless of her Hollywood connections....Brooke Shields is still beautiful.
Personally I think blacks who are still on the democrat plantation would benefit greatly from looking beyond slavery to the voluntary contributions their anscestors have made to the history of this country.
Unfortunately its hard to research the stuff online without becoming bogged down in wildly biased garbage that only concerns itself with slavery.
He’ll happily take money out of his right pocket and put it in his left....
Sweet! I would have loved to have seen that!
This looks awful.
I was looking at his gg grandpa’s 80 acres in the exact area my gg grandparents were sharecroppers. I wondered briefly if my gg grandparents worked for his gg grandparents. Yes, my gg grandparents were white.
It was a little touching seeing him dig at the Georgia clay seeing how that is precious to us. Then he had to go get all “gots to get done ‘fo da sun goes down... donna let da sun set on yo black a&&...” and so on. He HAD to interject his RACIST PREJUDICES against white people. Don’t get me wrong, there were and are certainly racist white people in the south, but for crying out loud, people actually believe the caricature and won’t make room in their brain for anything else.
Even a friend of mine, let’s just not from here, made the comment while traveling through the state on how she saw no difference in the way blacks and whites interact in the ‘country’ than in any other part of America and didn’t understand why the legends still persisted in other parts of the US. I was like “I’m nearly 40 and segregation ended before I was born.”
Just perplexes me how the stereotype lives on and on. Oh yeah, people like Spike Lee have access to a camera and budget and they forget to do things like RESEARCH.
You’d be surprised at the almost hysterics the black college students in my class went into when they discovered that the first legal slaveowner in America (English colony at the time) was a black man.
Just so you know, there are certainly racist people in the north, too.
What a fu**ing idiot. All us black Americans with slave ancestry have caucasian blood. He ought to know better (and of course, he does).
My own G-G-G grandfather was a Brig. General in the Confederate Army, who also fought in the war against Mexico. His father was the US Attorney General, and former Governor of Kentucky.
That little tidbit of data raised a few eyebrows in my clan when it was discovered.
Fascinating, the stuff that comes up in a genealogical search.
cvan you elaborate for we historically challenged students?
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