I was going to write a review on Spike Lee’s latest film Da 5 Bloods, I loved it. It explored the horror and injustices of the Vietnam war, the disproportionate amount of black people that fought on the frontline, the civil rights movement and so much more. Overall, it reminded us of how still to this day we have not come far enough.
I wanted to write about this in detail, but it turns out I don’t know enough. I’m white and live in a mostly white, conservative area. I have never personally experienced racism and I know very little people that have experienced it too. That’s not because it doesn’t exist, but because of who I am and where I live.
As much as I’m educating myself on racism and learning about its impact through history and right up to this day, I feel I still don’t have the same understanding and feelings that a black person would when watching this film. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever truly understand.
Because when I’m watching Da 5 Bloods, I’m doing so while trying to understand it from a position of privilege. So writing a review trying to explore the films themes and issues just wouldn’t seem entirely right. Plus who cares what I think.
If I’m really honest. The problem here at DHM is we don’t have any black writers.
For context, we’re a tiny platform that has a small handful of writers who live in our local area, a place that as mentioned before, is largely white and conservative.
Where we live, it’s rare to see a black person walk down the street and even harder to find a black person who reviews films.
However, We want to make our platform as inclusive and diverse as possible. We’ve advertised for writers online before and only received applications from people we know in our local area.
They’re great writers, brilliant in fact. But we understand our platform is nowhere near as diverse as we would like it to be.
On top of this, we were uncertain whether it’s acceptable to advertise that we’re looking for writers from minority backgrounds.
Is that allowed? Despite our good intentions, would this cause a massive uproar and have a negative impact? The last thing we want to do is upset anyone. So we just left it to chance. Yet here we are.
We want this platform to be as diverse as possible, so please if you’re a writer from a minority background please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would love to have you join our team.
So anyway, the only review you’ll get from me about Da 5 Bloods is that you need to watch it, take the time to give it a go and enjoy it.
If you want a full review by someone that knows/understands more than me, please check out the review below:
Also, once you’re done with Da 5 Bloods, go check out some of these films centering around black experiences recommended here.
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