The Path of The Righteous Man
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I've been meaning to review Cameron Platter's Black Up That White Ass 2, but I was worried about two things. Firstly, that the specific combination of words and images might flood my server with dirty requests from Middle America Honkies, and secondly, that besides for its excruciating length the video seemed to speak for itself. This second is quite an achievement, for a work to speak a language which is both absurd and relevant and legible and challenging. I think any vandalism of a work, normally means that it is doing something right, and this was the case when the windows of YOUNGBLACKMAN were painted white yesterday and had a quote from Pulp Fiction scratched into it:
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children; and I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers and you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.I'm sure you know the scene:
Hmmm. Not too sure exactly what that means, exact perhaps saying Black up that white ass in a different way. In a Samuel L Cool way. Its too ironic to be serious, especially considering that the quote is not actually from the bible at all (only bits of the last sentence actually come from Ezekiel 25:17), but indeed a fiction from Tarantino. Is it too much to ask for some real anger?
Still. Physical criticism is good publicity, and I don't think Young or Blackman or Platter could have asked for anything better. So, for the sake of publicity: