I too appreciate your willingness to discuss the issues that are in the brought up by the movie. I may not be able to relate to the black community but I can certainly empathize. You are right that I may not understand that Black America is still dealing with fruits of slavery but I don’t think that for a lack of trying to. I am someone that looks to history to see where we have been so I can understand where we are headed since you know, history repeats itself. For example I do understand that slavery is still going on today and that Human Trafficking is purely evil and is happening to people of all color now.
With that said I also believe that in America it’s only been since the millennial generation that the majority of them may finally be able to see past skin color. I see promise in the near future that all Americans will have the same opportunities regardless of race. I actually think we are pretty close now, but I will not play dumb and pretend that their aren’t some injustices still out there.
As for Song of the South, It’s worth noting that Walt Disney championed an effort for James Baskett to win an Oscar for his performance as Uncle Remus. James Baskett was actually awarded an honorary Oscar for his performance in Song of the South months before he died, also “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” won an Oscar for best original song, I don’t think a lot of people realize that.
There is a lot wrong with this movie and other movies made around the same time like Gone with the Wind or Dumbo, but both of those are readily available. I think you have to take some “classic” movies with a certain perspective in order to understand or appreciate what was created because there are many movies or even books for that matter that simply wouldn’t have been made if we look at them through our current perspective of the world.
One last note, many of the african american cast from the movie have been interviewed and have said that they never thought that the movie would have been considered racist and if they did they wouldn’t have participated in making it.