Back on Sept. 2nd, 1963, George Wallace, the Governor of the state of Alabama, attempted to forcibly halt the integration of public schools by surrounding the building with state troopers. Thankfully it was only temporary and soon schools in Alabama were the first to be integrated with both colored and white students. Wallace stated that he wasn’t racist but claimed Blacks were inclined to “atrocious acts”. Hate to say this, but I think all races have participated in that. Just asked the “witches” that were burned at the stake, or innocent people tortured to death by the church because they didn’t follow their religion.
Later on in his life, Wallace had a change of heart and apologized for his past beliefs, publicly asking for forgiveness from Black people. Of his acts of trying to stop segregation by blocking the school doors, he stated, “I was wrong. Those days are over, and they ought to be over.”
We’d like to say that we’ve all learned since then and have gotten past that. But have we?
The integration of filmmakers that are not only Black, but Asian, Spanish, or any of the minority races out there working in the film industry, seem to struggle a bit harder than most for some reason. Our goal this month is to help put the spotlight on these filmmakers, to really prove that for us horror fans, we accept and encourage the integration of those races.
We are going to break up the mission a little bit as well. As usual, you will need to find two horror films that you have not seen before. But for one film, you need to find a director that is non-Caucasian. Could be African American, Jamaican, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Mexican, or any other non-white race. For the second film, you need to find one of the same but instead of a director, they need to be one of the lead actors. Really is easier than you think. Just think of an actor, such as Wesley Snipes, and see if he made any horror films. Or say Danny Trejo. He’s probably made a couple horror films … this week alone!
The goal here is to show that as fans of horror movies, we are not prejudice in the genre that we love, and that we embrace the different cultures they bring to the screen for us to enjoy, no matter where they are from or the color of their skin. Might take a little research, but I know you are up for the challenge, soldier.
You will have until 11:59pm on September 30th to find, watch, and then report back here. Have Fun!