“It’s all about color. It’s about people deciding what you deserve. About people wanting what they don’t deserve. About whites thinking they run this world no matter what.”
Reblogging myself, because this is and will always be true.
Ain’t saying I hate all white people but you know this is true.
how do i reach deez kiiiids (spanish accent)
did you even watch this movie
did you fucking watch freedom writers
it was about softening racial divides and helping inspire kids who literally live every day of their lives in fear to rise above it and make a good life for themselves
good job on completely taking this out of context
The way sjws are praising this, is similar to when nazis/boneheads praise American History X (another movie that has an anti-racist message in the end).
Hey! Some context is exceedingly appropriate at this moment!
"Freedom Writers" takes place in LA immediately after the LA Riots in 1992, a time of extreme racial discrimination and prejudice in that city. Erin Gruwell becomes a teacher at a newly integrated high school. She’s excited and passionate about teaching until she gets “stuck” with the “not achieving” kids (otherwise known as the non-white kids, most of whom are black or Latino). The students self-segregate, there’s miniature wars as many of them are in opposing gangs, and they completely undermine everything she attempts to teach them because they don’t care. And you know why they don’t care? Because they can’t possibly see why education is relevant in a world where they’re fighting just to live to see another day, fighting to get home without being shot or threatened or watching their friends get killed. They’ve got way more on their minds than an English book.
Until Erin helps them find some common ground. She sticks a line of tape onto the ground and asks them questions, asking them to step onto the line if the question pertains to them. Questions like “are you in a gang” and “have you ever watched a friend die?” She is truly one of the only people that wants to help these kids; she faces opposition by the department head (played, very fittingly, by the same woman who plays Umbridge) and the English teacher of the “achieving” white students, who outranks her seniority-wise. And those kids learn and grow from each other, and they become a family of sorts.
You wanna know what OTHER quote was in this movie?
"Maybe we should talk about art. Tito’s got real talent, don’t you think? You know something? I saw a picture just like this once, in a museum. Only it wasn’t a black man, it was a Jewish man. And instead of the big lips he had a really big nose, like a rat’s nose. But he wasn’t just one particular Jewish man. This was a drawing of all Jews. And these drawings were put in the newspapers by the most famous gang in history. You think you know all about gangs? You’re amateurs. This gang will put you all to shame. And they started out poor and angry and everybody looked down on them. Until one man decided to give them some pride, an identity… and somebody to blame. You take over neighborhoods? That’s nothing compared to them. They took over countries. You want to know how? They just wiped out everybody else. Yeah, they wiped out everybody they didn’t like and everybody they blamed for their life being hard. And one of the ways they did it was by doing this: see, they print pictures like this in the newspapers, Jewish people with big, long noses… blacks with big, fat lips. They’d also published scientific evidence that proved that Jews and blacks were the lowest form of human species. Jews and blacks were more like animals. And because they were just like animals it didn’t matter if they lived or died. In fact, life would be a whole lot better if they were all dead. That’s how a holocaust happens. And that’s what you all think of each other."
She teaches them about the Holocaust, and gives them Anne Frank. And Eva, that girl in the gifset up there? Yeah she identifies HARD with Anne Frank. And she is so terribly upset when she gets to the end and of course Anne dies and goes storming up to Erin and goes, “Why didn’t you tell us she dies? If she dies, then what about me? Huh? What are you saying about that? I can’t believe they got her. That ain’t supposed to happen in the story…that ain’t right!” And another student simply says, “Because it’s true.”
And he, just seconds later, explains why Anne Frank is so important. “She was our age, man. Anne Frank understands our situation. My situation. And that Gies lady, that one that helped hide them…I like her.”
This entire movie was about, as the above commentator said, softening racial divides. Eva, a Latino, “hates” white people because she saw her dad get carted off to jail just because he was in the vicinity when a shooting happened, and because they don’t seem to do anything to help her in her life, and she feels HELPLESS. These kids felt helpless and like they had absolutely no control over their lives. Taking this quote out of context is like taking that one quote from Leviticus that is supposedly about homosexuality out of context: you understand nothing but the quote itself, and not even why it was said. Eva doesn’t hate white people; she hates what some of them do…the cops, specifically. That quote is also taken from the very beginning of the movie and she develops quite a lot throughout the movie (I adore her character arc).
Also it was based on a true story, and Erin Gruwell is a real person, if anyone’s interested. She’s the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation.