"The Best Of Enemies" Is Another White Savior Movie

'The Best Of Enemies' Is Just Another White Savior Movie & You Can't Change My Mind

These movies aren't doing us any favors.

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As soon as I saw the trailer for "The Best of Enemies," I knew it was going to be yet another white savior movie.

Before I get into why it is a white savior movie, let me explain what I mean when I say "white savior movie."

A "white savior movie" typically sees a black character teaming up with a white character to help solve racism.

In these movies, the black person typically helps the white character get over their racism through friendship, while the white person Prime examples of this include "Hidden Figures" or "Green Book" - and don't even get me started on how appalling it is that "Green Book" won Best Picture.

Movies like this fail to depict the serious oppression and danger black people in America have faced.

A majority of these types of movies are based on true events and real people. I believe it is important to tell the story of black people who have accomplished so much but were never acknowledged for their work. However, this isn't the way to do it.

In white savior movies, the story is often told through the lens of the white person and how they view the situation. By doing this, the viewers will never experience the fear and real danger black people experienced and still experience whenever they try to break the mold and do something outside of what society will allow them to do.

The reason these movies keep getting made this way is because they continue to hire white directors to make movies about black people.

You want to accurately portray what it is like to live as a black person in America? Hire a black director. It's that simple. Movies made by black directors about being black come off as way more sincere than any of these white saviors movies could ever even try to be.

I'm not saying it is impossible that a white director can make a well-executed movie dealing with a race that is not their own, but they need to have people of that race involved in every step of the process to ensure accuracy.

What do "The Best of Enemies," "Green Book," and "Hidden Figures" all have in common? They are all movies made about black people by white people, for white people, to feel better about racism.

When white people watch these movies, it makes them feel better about themselves.

When they watch these movies and see a white person treating a black person decently in an era where everyone treated black people like garbage, they think, "Well, it's good to see that not all white people were terrible back then." And they weren't. There will always be good people.

But those are not the stories that need to be told.

I need to hear about the atrocities that happened to black people and still happen to black people today. I want viewers to be scared for them, I want them to be disgusted by what happened and continues to happen today. I don't want them to think "Well, I'm glad racism is in our past so I don't feel bad about what happened back then."

Racism is still here, and it will never go away if we turn a blind eye to the horrors of our past. Tell the stories of black people and the hardships they faced, and tell them right. They don't need a white person by their side to make the story more digestible.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

"Alexa, play "Burnin' Up" by the Jonas Brothers."

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In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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To The Parents Who Deserve Every Single 'Thank You' On Graduation Day

I couldn't have done it without you.

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Well, the day has finally come, the day I walk across that stage and have finally earned that diploma. Through the countless hours of studying, the numerous mental breakdowns, and the late nights, I survived.

As I sit here waiting for them to call my name, I can't help but think back on how the past four years went. I can't help but think about all that you have done for me and how I cannot thank you enough.

I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you.

Thank you for the never-ending support.

Thank you for providing me with an environment where I could grow, a place to call home, and a place to return to.

Thank you for pushing me to achieve my dreams and always supporting them no matter what. Thank you for pushing me to get through the tough times and encouraging me to challenge myself.

Thank you for being there for me through the many tears.

Thank you for reminding me that it is okay to take some time and breathe when I felt like everything was getting more and more difficult.

Thank you for teaching me how to prioritize and how to manage my time.

Thank you for the endless advice on what to do with my future, how to handle the challenges, and how to just manage being human.

I could not have gotten through those four years of school without you. I hope to be just as generous, supporting, and as loving as you are.

Thank you.

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