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Thanks for posting this! Since coming into a more politically conscious sense of my identity as a Filipina American, this silenced and invisiblized stage in America's history has caused me a lot of grief and anger. I hope Amigo will generate some discussion around being accountable to mistakes of the past and visions for transforming the future!
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I am all for critical consumption as opposed to outright censorship. I agree that rather than completely banning the film screening, it would be productive to have a discussion about the racism in the film, starting with Mr. Yunioshi's character. But I don't think the racism in the film is limited to Mr.Yunioshi. I think racism in interwoven in the entire context of the film. America was built on the backs of African slaves, European indentured servants, Asian immigrants, and lands stolen from indigenous people, today called Native Americans and Mexicans. Yet only Europeans were assimilable, and all other people of color were and are marginalized in the stories told by mainstream America. Breakfast at Tiffany's is a classic, good for them, but the fact is people of color have worked the soil, laid the railroad tracks, harvested the fields, and kept house for whites over the last two hundred years- where are our classics? Where are the classics telling the stories of African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, South Americans? Our people have been the backbone of this country, where are the "American" classics telling our stories, with our faces and voices? That's what I think is racist about Breakfast at Tiffany's and all of Hollywood really.
2 years, 4 months ago on Is The Breakfast at Tiffany's Boycott Unnecessary?