You better not X with the X

“You’ll get freedom by letting your enemy know that you’ll do anything to get your freedom; then you’ll get it. It’s the only way you’ll get it. When you get that kind of attitude , they’ll label you as a “crazy Negro,” or they’ll call you a”crazy nigger”-they don’t say Negro. Or they’ll call you an extremist or a subversive, or seditious, or a red or a radical. But when you stay radical long neigh and get enough people to be like you, you’ll get your freedom.” (461)

Malcolm X believed in a different way of attaining equality. Passive resistance was a pipe dream that the white man would not respect. The Black Panthers showed intimidation with their guns and call for self-defense. The March on Washington was artificially made by whites. Government leaders were scared of the march and endorsed the march. “They controlled it so tight, they told those Negroes what time to hit town, where to stop, what signs to carry, what song to sing, what speech they could make, and what speech they couldn’t make, and then told them to get of town by sundown…”Post March on Washington,  there was a continuation of bombings and lack of civil rights improvements. An alternative action and route must’ve been taken. When a black church is bombed, African Americans are not thinking of showing passive resistance but are filled up with rage they wish to release. Howard Zinn is puts emphasis on the different forms of protesting and shows the response it received. Zinn understands the rough edginess of Malcolm X being that passive resistance wasn’t very impactful.

Calvin The Insane Candie

Doesn’t every revenge film need a villain well Calvin Candie was the perfect demonstration of a villain in Quetin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. A man with neither intelligence or morals of Calvin Candie is indeed is a character to look out for.He definitely was not the ordinary slave owner. In the words of Leonardo DiCaprio who portrayed Calvin Candie describes him as “He was one of the most deplorable, indulgent, horrendous characters I’ve ever read in my life.”He was in the Mandingo fighting business in which he forces to male slaves to fight each other to the death. We know Quentin loves to have a bad guy in his films but this is over the edge. I couldn’t help but feel the need to throw up as Calvine feeds one of his fighters to dogs which ripped him to pieces.

The sadistic actions of Calvin Candie leaves viewers with sympathy and pity for each one of his victims. Even in a comical historical fiction the treatment of slaves was still a horrific experience. This film means more than just whites and blacks killing each other. As we took a look into Calvin Candie and other characters we see the mindset of people during that time period. Calvin believed that dimples in a African American skull showed submissiveness which gave him the right to treat blacks the way he did. What a character.  However Django Unchained successfully depicts life in slavery times through multiple characters.