I hate how when something bad happens in a different country on the news the focus is always like “there were three americans involved” like the entirety of islamabad could go up in flames and our news would be like “TWO AMERICANS WORKING AT THE EMBASSY ARE MISSING” as if that’s the only reason we should care
if capitalism is so voluntary, why does america have to keep using the cia to make sure other countries keep it?
If the free market naturally corrects problems, why do we have to give subsidies to large business interests and bail out banks?
If capitalism ensures that those that work the hardest make the most money, why doesn’t a coal miner make as much as a CEO?
Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [a Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.
[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.
Samuel L. Jackson (via artyartyhadaparty)
I think in light of 12 Years a Slave winning the Oscar for Best Picture, this needs to be remembered. Because it is a very important point in terms of the palatability of 12 Years a Slave and why Fruitvale Station didn’t even get nominated when it has such acclaim outside of the Oscar world.