The Jerk, Inner City Education and Stream of Consciousness
“It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child.” ~ Navin from the film “The Jerk”
I was somewhat frustrated with this week’s reading. That is why I thought I would reference The Jerk because I think I was being one when I answered the forum questions and the it sums up the portrayal of AfAms in many films…also how viewers and consumers see AfAms in film and real life.
I though I would get more about the student portrayals in film besides talking about the stereotypes especially in regards to student characters. There some discussion of the student-hero in suburban films but in some urban film student-saviors tend to be Black…Finding Forester, Half Nelson and appear in urban films. I feel like I am all over the place with the content. I think there are more arguments and observations that can be made about the films but the authors just scratch the surface.
There needs to be a whole conversation on Lean On Me…I believe the authors simplify or don’t understand some of the cultural dynamics that occur in the film…
Great title for post..
you hit at a lot of important ideas and critiques. I am looking forward to having you flesh them out and unpack the readings -while also layering in readings that you have collected yourself..
Tell me about the Lean on Me and the cultural dynamics that are missed.. is it possible to contrast Lean on me and reading around that with other films and readings?