By Mandela Wells
Last weekend during NYC rally against police brutality Oscar winning director Quentin Tarantino made an appearance and joined the rally. It is not uncommon for members of the film community to speak out against serious issues especially one as serious and as timely as police brutality on black people. I applaud Tarantino greatly for taking part in that event and making it known that the issue has yet to be resolved. He even said at the event that “This is not being dealt with in anyway at all. That’s why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges” and he couldn’t be anymore right.
As a black man myself I can say that Tarantino has always had love for us and our community. I mean Jackie Brown was an homage to Blackexplotation films which were very popular in the 70’s and saw many unique black roles most famously shaft. Django Unchained was a fictional film that looked at what would happen if a slave actually had the power to physically fight back against slave owners. on top of that he has written some well rounded characters for black actors such as Ving Rhames, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Vivica A Fox, and mostly throughout his career Samuel L Jackson. He never writes them as sterotypical or just the average brotha from the hood or whatever he gives them dimension. So to a degree it is not too surprising he would join something like this.
Tarantino blasted the police for the killing of 12-year-old Tamir rice in Cleveland, Ohio.
‘A 12-year-old black male child,’ the director said, while the crowd chanted the boys name, Tamir Rice. “On November 22, 2014, Tamir was playing with a toy gun in the park.'”
“After a 911 call where the person calling said the gun was probably a fake and the person holding it was probably a juvenile, the police rushed on to the scene and shot Tamir within two seconds.”
“Then they knocked down and handcuffed his sister, and locked her in the police car. They would not allow his mother to hold her lifeless child who lie dead in the street.”
He also talked about Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Antonio Guzmán López, and Michael Brown, all of whom were killed by police officers.
Glad to see Tarantino taking a stand on this issue and I’m sure soon other directors mainly black directors such as John Singleton, Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Antonie Fuqoa and more will be joining in on rally’s to come.