For every one who doesn’t believe the obstacles black men and women endured and over came, for those who have lived it, for those who never witnessed it and especially for those who have forgotten, it is a very accurate depiction of the segregated South through the Civil Rights Movement, The Black Party Movement, Vietnam, up until now. I know there will always be people, black and white, who would rather not be taken back to some of the ugliest moments of history, especially the parts that haven’t changed that much. The scene where Oprah’s character is talking about Emmett Till was eerily similar to conversations people are having today about the murder of Trayvon Martin.
The movie didn’t try to answer every question, solve every problem or make any of the characters out to be perfect.
All and all, it delivers a great lesson and provides a lot of laughs too: sounds like a “Party with a Purpose,” on the big screen. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ Serves Up Tears and Laughs was originally published on blackamericaweb.com