Counter Racist Dialogue on Monster’s Ball movie
Original Air Date: January 31, 2011
The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III
“Police brutality, just like the mutilation of black bodies in cinema, is absolutely necessary for the mental, psychological, the unconscious coherence of the rest of the world.”
Professor Frank B. Wilderson, III visits The C.O.W.S.. Dr. Wilderson is an Associate Professor at the Univeristy of California Irvine. He’s the author of Incognegro and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms. The latter deconstructs how “cinema protects the sanctity of an Anti-Blackness.” He explores Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher (2002) & Monster’s Ball (2001). Dr. Wilderson makes a brilliant observation on whom is depicted as being the source of trouble for a black male, Antwone Fisher:
As we move from the opening dream sequence of abundance through the violence that catalyzes loss, we find not one White hand at the end of all the literal and figurative whips that cut deep into Antwone Fisher’s back and psyche. Instead, we have the figure of the three Black women.
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