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White Movies Shot Up, Security Increased at Black Movie; SMH

by Todd A. Smith

 

Straight Outta Their Minds

 

James Holmes, the Aurora, Colo. movie theater murderer is White.


John Houser, the killer in the Lafayette, La. movie theater was White.


“Trainwreck” is a movie with a predominately White cast.


Furthermore, “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” had a predominately White cast.


So why do law enforcement officials think there needs to be extra security at a predominately Black movie like “Straight Outta Compton” when the recent movie theater shootings were carried out by White killers?


I guess it is because they are straight outta their minds.


CNN must be really straight outta their mind because they were actually surprised that there was no violence during the opening weekend of the N.W.A biopic.


According to ThinkProgess.org, “Some movie theaters have stepped up additional security after 59-year-old John Russell Houser, a White man, shot several at a movie theater in Louisiana at a screening of the Amy Schumer film ‘Trainwreck.’


“Reporting in the Wall Street Journal suggested the increased security was inspired not only by the shooting, but ongoing racial tensions and ‘the rap biopic’s gang oriented subject matter.’”


With all due respect to the Wall Street Journal and respectable law enforcement officials, that reasoning is beyond bogus.


Their thought process and prejudice towards the Black community, like adding security to “Straight Outta Compton” screenings, is the reason there is racial tension and animosity towards the police.


When White people shoot up movie theaters and kill innocent people and the police respond by increasing security at a predominately Black movie, I totally understand why N.W.A said “F Tha Police” back in 1988.


Usually when a particular community or demographic is out of control, police would want to beef up security in that community, not beef up security in the polar opposite community.


Furthermore, police officers and those media outlets surprised about the lack of violence during opening weekend of “Straight Outta Compton” must not realize that the demographic that grew up listening to N.W.A are mature adults now.


Most 40-year-olds and 50-year-olds do not shoot up movie theaters unless they are mentally ill like Houser.


Children, teenagers and young adults like Holmes sometimes display unruly behavior, but many urban youngsters do not even know that Ice Cube was initially a rapper, let alone one of the founding founders of reality rap with N.W.A.


Many youngsters know Cube simply as an actor in children’s films like the “Are We There Yet” franchise.


Additionally, movie theaters consistently show movies with gangster themes.  


“Straight Outta Compton” is not the first gangster movie and it definitely will not be the last.  It won’t even be the last this season.


If the Whitey Bulger biopic “Black Mass” comes out in September and they have increased security like they did for “Straight Outta Compton” then I will owe law enforcement officials my sincerest apology, but recent history shows that will not be the case.


As a movie critic I pay attention to all films and the gangster genre is my favorite.


Over the last 12 months, RegalMag.com has reviewed predominately White gangster flicks like “The Drop,” “John Wick,” “The Gambler,” “A Most Violent Year” and “Run All Night.”


And if my memory and research serves me correctly, I don’t even remember the theaters adding a flashlight waving security guard to those theaters.

 

Maybe if law enforcement paid attention to real threats, not just pretending that Black people are threats, Holmes and Houser would not have been able to kill so many innocent people.


This article was published on Friday 21 August, 2015.
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