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4- The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Thursday, September 16, 1993

Many qu
powerful
Walking through the metal detec- But ra
tors to enter the theater was no big deal. acceptl
And the long lines to buy tickets weren't Why w
going to stop me either. My friends and crowd
I were there to see "Menace II Society" wonde
and we were going to see it. ater?

estions

left after

But this powerful movie left me
with a lot more than I bargained for.
It's not thatI didn'texpect it to move
me or make me think. I just didn't
realizethatforthemonthsafterI saw the
film, I would often think about the two
hours I spent in that theater.
Despite objections from my mom, I
headed to the Southfield City, known
for the shooting incidents which have
previously occurred there, with no hesi-
tation. I'm not intimidated by being the
only white face and it would be silly to
be scared.
Andjustas Iexpected, there weren't
any problems. Ijust had a whole lot of
questions.
Not questions about terminology or
why the harsh situations depicted exist.

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summer movie
ther, why did everyone seem to them were good). But this movie stirred
the violence? Why was it funny'? a lot of feelings in me. This film is about
vas I the only white person in the a cycle that doesn't seem to end. It's
ed theater? Why wasn't this about a societal situation which very
rful movie playing in every the- rarely has a happy ending. It's about
issues which many people see as clear
nderstand that parts of the film cut and obvious.
inny; Ilaughed. Butwhenpeople My friend Mike, who happens to be
ying in gruesomeways on screen, Black, felt the need to explain things to
wd laughed. Maybeit was away me. And I didn't know if it was because
thinking about the reality of it. he felt I didn't understand as a white
eemedtometobeanacceptance person, but that was the impression I
status quo. And I don'tbelievein got. At one point he turned to me and
oing that. Why should we?'It's asked me if I was shocked yet.
t good enough. Myanswerwasno.Iwasnotshocked
y, I'm not naive. And I'm only by the plot of the movie. I know how
y idealistic. I threw out my rose real the story is. However, I was shocked
d glasses a long time ago. But by my friends impression that some-
esn'tmean I don't want things to how I wouldn't understand.
e. Does being white make me inca-
pable of being sensitive to the harsh
I'm not naive. And I'm racialreality in thiscountry?AmIsome-
slightly idealistic. I how unable to comprehend the lan-
w out my rose colored guage many of my friends use?
ses a long time ago. On one level I will never completely
that doesn't mean 1 understand what it is like to be Black in
t dthis country, because I will quite simply
t want things to never be Black. But I think I can have
Ige. the best understanding possible as a
white person.
e seen a lot of things living in The truth is most people aren't inca-
t (and I might add that most of pable of understanding; they simply
don't want to. B ut the fact that someone
who knows me thought he needed to
explain, shows how big an issue itreally
IS! is.
I may never have answers to all my
A 25 Cold One questions. I never expected to get them.
Right at Your But as a result of these experiences, I
Fingertips! find it hard to be optimistic that there
will ever be a decent level of under-
standing about issues that really aren't
i just Black and white.

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Caine (Tyrin Turner) and 0-Dog (Larenz Tate) are the central characters of the Hughes Brothers' summer movie, "Menace I Society."

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