Selma The Movie: Not the Real Selma

One can speculate that most of the African-Americans have seen the Selma movie that was produced Oprah Winfrey seeing as it was geared towards the black community. In the movie, Selma was portrayed as a bustling city that was thriving economically. Yes, that was probably true for Selma back in the 1960’s in which the movie took place, but that is not the issue with the movie. The issue with the movie is that the way actually filmed it. In the movie some could see that the directors only filmed certain parts of the city (historical landmarks and a little area around it). In the movie, those places seemed new or untouched. Oprah Winfrey and the rest of the film crew failed to show what is past those historical landmarks. The truth is that her crew only renovated what was around those specific landmarks. To some extent one could understand that due to a budget, that the creators could only do so much to make Selma appear as it once did in the 1960’s. People could argue that the popularity of the movie made Selma relevant. If the movie was as popular as some might say, what happened to the money that was made from the movie? Most of it went to the actors, producers, directors, and theaters that played the movie. A small percentage of the money could have been used to support the city of Selma. Selma could have used the money to began their own renovation of the city; instead the city and its’ people are struggling.

As stressed many times before, Selma is not that big nor does it have a huge population. Selma is about two-thirds full of African-Americans and the city’s population is about 20,000; one can calculate that Selma has about 13,333 African-Americans roaming the streets(Thomas, Group Newsletter). Selma’s recent job growth is negative 3.14 percent and is not going to increase much over the next 10 years compared to the United States 1.19 percent.(Thomas, Group Newsletter).For a movie that was geared towards the African-American community and the events that occurred in Selma, people who made the movie did leave behind the demographic that they were appealing to.

Seeing as this topic connects to the group newsletter project, I would like to address that seeing Selma as only a tour site hurts people that are from the area. The creators showing only the renovated parts of Selma makes it difficult for actual progress to be made in the town. Some people may believe that Selma is a thriving place because the majority only watch movies. Whatever is shown in movies that are based on true stories, people will make these accusations which are not true. The majority might not know that Selma is two-thirds black and has an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. They also might not know that the children living in poverty rate is well-passed 60 percent. In the end, it is the people that ignore the fact that Selma is in a dire position are at fault. However the people of Selma, especially the African-American population, need to make a difference on their own instead of waiting for someone to help them.

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