Posted by MMMMarcia on January 21, 1999 at 10:58:22:
In Reply to: Re: Eric Scweig ... Tsalagi posted by Elaine on January 21, 1999 at 08:03:54:
: It is great to see more Indian actors/actresses making it. Wes Studi is a good example of better days. But I'm not so sure a limited portrayal of Indians as "proud, spiritual, and strong" is very good. The full spectrum of humanity ... the good, the bad, and the ugly would offer many more opportunities. Cooper/Mann did it well ... Magua AND Chingachgook.
I have to agree with you 100%, Elaine. What I long for is the day when we can see beyond all racial and ethnic barriers to the soul inside the individual...in some cases, this may be a beautiful soul, filled with pride, spirituality and strength, and in other cases...well...NOTsomuch! And that, I believe, is true of all humans, everywhere, no matter their heritage.
This is not to say I don't believe in cherishing one's culture and ethnic origins, at all. Merely that no matter what those origins are, all humans are more alike than they are different, and all humans are capable of horrific evil or amazing grace and astounding good.
In our culture, I would like, particularly, to see Hollywood portray a much more balanced picture of the Red Man and the Black Man (to use our LOTM vernacular). The track record, thus far, usually slants from one extreme to the other. Let's hope that continues to change, and we are presented with more films that gives us a clearer look into the human condition, no matter the culture or race involved.
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