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Passing - Hollywood's Take on a Quniquely Black American PhenomenaViews: 279
May 23, 2007 4:11 am Passing - Hollywood's Take on a Quniquely Black American Phenomena

Charles Grimmett


What do you think about the subject of "passing" as portrayed by Hollywood?  The act of some black Americans escaping by denying their race and heritage and living as white is a taboo subject that is seldom discussed, much less displayed in creative works of any kind.

The recent movie The Human Stain and a older one Imitation of Life both address the subject powerfully. However, I find neither are discussed much as films in terms of their validity in protrayal of the internal effect of racism within the black community or in terms of guilt of the white mainstream.

Do you know of any other films on the subject?  Do you think this subject is still worthy of use in American films today?  Do you feel America can honestly have meaningful discussions on films that discuss race and the more personal aspects of the effects racism has on society?


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