Should Sofia Coppola Stay In Her White Lane? Sure. But That Means Acknowledging Her Racism.
Seren Sensei

We are fast approaching a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” culture, if we’re not there already. Covering the experience she knows, she’s branded a racist, but if she were to do as you infer and direct a film with all black characters, you would then be railing at the producers for letting a “white person of privilege” direct a film about black people.

Maybe the only safe “white lane” option is for white people to stay away from any film with black issues then, right? But then that would mean there wouldn’t be any films about the black experience, would there, and we’d have to answer to that exclusion too.

It’s too easy to sit on the sidelines and judge the few white filmmakers who make some effort to cover at least part of the material, but if you really want to see films by black people, about black people, then those are the people who should step up more often and make them, like Spike Lee or Steve McQueen do.

If you’re worried about white people driving in the “black lane” then you might want to ask yourself why that lane is so uncrowded in the first place. Black filmmakers should put their money where their mouth is and make these films, and have them financed by their community. We hear a lot of talk about representation, but it always seems to come back to asking for production money from that magical cash piñata of “old white guys” who are later labeled part of the problem.

If you want to see an authentic film about your real lived experience, with real representation of your community, then be your own master and make one. The only person who can represent your experience is you.

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