Racism by default?
"Spike Lee launched a bitter attack on Clint Eastwood yesterday, condemning his failure to include a single African-American soldier in his films about the Battle of Iwo Jima.
The Oscar-nominated African-American director, one of the most influential figures in contemporary cinema, said that black soldiers were conspicuous by their absence from Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Hundreds took part in the battle for the Japanese island in 1945.
Lee said: ï¿½??There were many African-Americans who survived that war and who were upset at Clint for not having one [in the films]. That was his version: the negro soldier did not exist. I have a different version.ï¿½??
There were 800 marines of color at Iwo, out of tens of thousands of marines. At the time, most black men were relegated to burial detail and other such jobs. He does realize that movies usually aren’t 6 hours long, so everyone can’t get their ‘turn’?
The newscaster on Fox had it right — “Isn’t this bordering on paranoia?”
Racism by default — pure stupidity.