I saw this meme and I thought it perfectly exemplified just how racist, sexist and white male privileged our country has become.
I find Robert Small to be a fascinating individual. In addition to the story of his life shown on the meme, are interesting side notes like: his first "owner" was his own father and his second "owner" was his half brother. The afore mentioned house he bought was his late slave owning fathers!
On top of those, he was part of the state convention representing South Carolina that ratified the 14th Amendment, which had to be ratified before he could even be IN Congress, and which is the amendment that made civil, women's and LGBTQ rights Constitutionally "legal".
Here's the kicker, regard Smalls... In spite of all of his great and heroic accomplishments, he was fired from his position as a federal Customs Inspector when Woodrow Wilson fired virtually every Black civil service employee because of his racist belief that Blacks had no business supervising white people.
Pretty cool, huh? Why has there never been a feature length motion picture made of his exploits then? It would seem to be the basis of a GREAT dramatic movie, IMO. There is only one reason I can see...
I also stated that I found that this illustrated how sexist this country is, especially the entertainment industry. Excluding "comedies", the number of male "Black hero" dramas are like hen's teeth. You have a few "Black-centric" movies like "The Color Purple", but even those with a male lead, like "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" seem to be around female interaction. The only ones I can actually think of that IS male lead "Black-centric" are "Shaft", "Malcolm X" and "New Jack City" and that is seriously stereotyping in it's own right. Most of the rest are more along the lines of "Foxy Brown" porn for white people movies.
Lastly is white privileged. How can't there not being a major motion picture about Smalls be anything BUT?
People of color buy half of the freak'in movie tickets sold! You'd think that half of the movies produced would be ABOUT them, right? Nope. White privilege is why.
Clearly, if you want to be a movie director you need to be a white male... preferably over the age of 60...
It gets even more egregious when you look at the studios and production companies...
I honestly believe that a Black movie executive would agree with a Black producer and/or director that a movie about Robert Smalls would be a worthwhile project.
Too bad the old, white men who run things won't "allow" it to be made because they don't want to give people of color any Black Male Heroes to emulate. They don't want Black male youth to get uppity, after all.