A RACIST SOCIETY

 

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Django Unchained – 2012

 

The Message

The deeper meaning of the film is sometimes misinterpreted with the idea that the film denies the integrity of what happened in the past. For instance, making it seem unrealistic that there was no actual hero in the past that would rescue their wife. But perhaps there was once a hero but the story was never told, instead of regarding it as a fairytale movie of a black man in a cowboy attire. (Reed, 2013).

  • The Truth

Perhaps Tarantino’s main message was to appeal to the present, and not just what had happened in the past. The blacks were at the bottom in regards of equality and social order and are still at the bottom even today. He shows an emphasis on things that had happened years ago are still present and people are living in a cycle of humanity.

This film is about racism with the support of slavery during the pre-Civil War in America. It is an historical fantasy of postmodernism revealing Blaxploitation in western genre. Not leaving out the obvious scenes of violence, brutality and inhumanity.

The great amount of violence used in the film is questioned as is it really necessary to reveal this to current viewers that already know the history of the slaves. Which comes down to showing the audience how brutalized the slaves were carried out and people can relate more or sympathise when it is visualised rather than read or spoken from word of mouth. The audience can experience it for themselves.

There is also a question towards the use of language. Tarantino makes use of the n-word ‘nigger’ in his films. Some critics such as Spike Lee, perceive Tarantino as a racist as how he structures his characters. The question of, if the n-word was not used, is it possible that Django Unchained would have lost its actual meaning that Tarantino is trying to send to the audience. However the most unique question to ask is why does a film such as this exist? Why is there a lot of controversial and hype around this kind of film?

The answers to the above questions can be answered: the reason why there are constant debates and questions surrounding a film like this is because people have been and still are living in a racist society. Racism has been an ongoing battle for many decades and it continues to drag along in the mud. It is not only an ‘American’ racial issue but a worldwide racial issue (Reed, 2013).

  • Racism

Looking closely at the whites in this film, there is a scene in which an offensive slave owner, Calvin Candie, offers his guests dessert; a slice of ‘white cake’ with the notion that he only prefers white cake and only associates himself with white people. In this scene, Candie is surrounded by white women, eating white cake and has a white house which becomes a mask of who he is, a white racist.

At the end of the film, Django makes it clear to get rid of every white slaver and destroys Candie’s perfect white house. The explosion of the white house indicates the rage and loss of the slaves and black people that revenge is paid back to those that overruled them and took advantage. The whole slavery system is bound to come crumbling down. Although, it is not over entirely for black people and other races that are oppressed but an individual or group of activists always seem to step up and fight the battle of racism (Reed, 2013).

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*Reed, A. Jr. (2013). Django Unchained, or, The Help: How “Cultural Politics” Is Worse Than No Politics at All, and Why? Available: http://nonsite.org/feature/django-unchained-or-the-help-how-cultural-politics-is-worse-than-no-politics-at-all-and-why

FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAMS

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YOU ‘MUST’ READ 🙂

One of my favourite books by Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello. These are one of my favourite parts from the book.

The question of what is a teacher has played a role in my life since reading this is my high school period.

‘What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows’.

In most cases it is women who are bothered by the idea of dieting or losing weight. Although, eating disorders are experienced by both male and females. Reading this next part left a mark in my life as I turned away from the media’s perception of being “thin”.

‘We have survived for all these millennia because we have been able eat. And now that seems to have become a curse. Why? What is it that makes women at forty years old, want to have the same body that they had when they were young? Is it possible to stop time? Of course not. And why should we be thin? We don’t need to be thin… Eat in moderation, but take pleasure in eating: it isn’t what enters a person mouth that’s evil, but what leaves it. Remember that for millennia we have struggled in order to keep from starving. Whose idea was it that we had to be thin all of our lives? Use the energy and effort you put into dieting to nourish yourself with spiritual bread. Respect that and you will get no fatter than passing time demands. Instead of artificially burning those calories, try to transform them into the energy required to fight for your DREAMS’.

*Paulo Coelho

TECH FUNNIES

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Advance technology does not mean automatic adjustable human beings. Till today,  in 2016, people still struggle to use technology devices. Those that are not exposed (less fortunate) to the technology environment and the older generations that only had raw materials to depend on. As technology continues to evolve, there are some funny questions about using a computer. These are some common questions asked from time time. This what the IT department deals with…

 


Customer: I have a problem printing in red..
Tech support: Do you have a colour printer?
Customer: Aaaah.. Thank you.

Tech support: Your password is the small letter “a” as in apple, a capital letter “V” as in Victor and the number “7”.
Customer: Is that 7 in capital letters?

Tech support: How may I help you?
Customer: I’m writing my first email.
Tech support: OK, and what seems to be the problem?
Customer: Well, I have the letter ‘a’ in the address, but how do I get the circle around it?

Customer: Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can’t print. Every time I try, it says ‘Can’t find printer’. I’ve even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can’t find it…

Tech support: What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: A white one…

Tech support : Okay Bob, let’s press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter ‘P’  to bring up the Program Manager.
Customer: I don’t have a ‘P’.
Tech support : On your keyboard, Bob.
Customer: What do you mean?
Tech support : ‘P’… on your keyboard, Bob.
Customer: I’M NOT GOING TO DO THAT!!! support

* Noah Coad
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/noahc/2006/07/21/funny-computer-tech-support-calls/

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I’M A STUDENT

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In a view of an ordinary person that looks upon the developments of Pearson Institute of Higher Education( formerly known as MGI),  one may come across a number of students on their way to class.  On a Thursday afternoon, it is just like any other productive day of the week but a sense of excitement knowing that the next day is the beginning of the weekend.
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REFLECTION (PI)
Some students may be taking a break on the second floor of campus (Hummanities) at the cafeteria while others are skipping class. There is nothing new about students making conversation and socialising with others across the cafeteria. In the meantime, a path of learning from others with different backgrounds.
It is not only students and lecturers that are involved in the PI’s campus but those people that are easily ignored. The cleaners, construction workers, assistants. They put great effort into making sure this institution progresses positively.