There’s been some recent discussion here about Quentin Tarantino and his idiotic, fallacious statements about the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown/Darren Wilson tragedies, along with other malicious lies he’s made about police.
One thing I think we should be clear about; Quentin Tarantino is not dumb. He’s not uninformed. He’s not even misinformed. He is a very wealthy man with more access to more “stuff” than all here. He can be as informed as he chooses to be. He can know as much about any subject as he chooses. He is choosing to continue to spread lies about George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson and others. He is choosing to promote hatred and harm to them and their reputations, even though evidence indicates both men were acting in defense of their own lives. It is a true tragedy that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown died as the result of a foolish, impetuous act made with little to no forethought. They did not “deserve” to die based on those decisions, but they made very poor decisions in situations where lives were on the line, and they were overpowered.
Does this mean Quentin Tarantino is a bad Director?
A bad writer? No. People are complex. Many famous people who did wonderful things for humanity were lousy parents and/or spouses. People change. People grow. People have varied interests. But it does mean he is showing himself to be a malicious person, willing to harm others who have already been tremendously harmed. Why? I have no idea. But it is not because he does not have access to the correct information involving these and other instances of police*/civilian interaction. We should not excuse his opinions based on how he was raised, or the industry he works in, etc. He is an adult and he has chosen to speak out as an expert on this topic. If he did not inform himself adequately prior to speaking he has only himself to blame.
Unfortunately, similar behavior is becoming more common among the rich, wealthy and powerful.Hillary Clinton seems to sincerely believe she and her husband were poor when they left the White House. Donald Trump sincerely seems to believe his father’s $100M loan was a pittance. Michelle Obama sincerely seems to believe her admittance to Columbia, Harvard and quick matriculation through law apprenticeship and a cushy, high paying job in the Chicago Hospital system were opportunities available to all, and she faced persecution every step of the way.
So, people are self-centered fools. What else is new, Rufus? Well, the reason I think this matters is because this is becoming a popular stance of successful, public figures. Most of our young people are formed and informed by popular and political culture and I notice a trend among teens and twenty year-olds to compete for who has created the most compelling narrative of how much persecution they have suffered. Make no mistake, the explosion of “micro-aggressions” and other grievances is a direct result of this.
The true tragedy is that our nation likely has as many successful, humble, hard-working, self-made men and women as it has always had and they have compelling, inspiring narratives that have led them to overcome tremendous difficulties and help themselves and others.
Narratives matter. Narratives are important. It’s a bit cliche’d, but we can all probably discuss every decade of the last century with a few, simple adjectives to describe the American people in that decade. Until the ’70s, most all those adjectives would reflect hard work, sacrifice, industriousness, community, family… The society Quentin Tarantino, Michelle Obama and others want to build is toxic and very harmful to the young. I have little tolerance for people who harm children. I pray that the young of our nation ignore their whining messages of perceived persecution and notice the thousands of humble, hard-working people living to improve their own lives and the lives of others.
*Yes, I know George Zimmerman was not a policeman, but Tarantino has lumped him in with his cause.