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Posted at 6:23 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Let the black woman's pain be heard

By M. E. Schertzer, Silver Spring

Apparently Courtland Milloy is so disturbed by Tyler Perry's movie "For Colored Girls," that even when speaking of the FBI sting operation resulting in the arrests of Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson and his wife, Leslie, he still must invoke Mr. Perry's name ["Get real, FBI. Johnson is no dummy," Metro, Nov. 15].

While imagining a possible jury trial for Mr. Johnson, Mr. Milloy stated that "when women on the jury start looking at you like you're one of those black men from a Tyler Perry movie, you know your goose is cooked."

Why does the movie hit such a nerve with Mr. Milloy?

As a black woman, I don't consider myself to be a "harpie," as Post reviewer Michael O'Sullivan described the female characters in the movie.

To use Johnnie Cochran's catchy phrase in the O.J. Simpson trial, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Mr. Milloy must acquit Mr. Perry of the injustices to which he is being accused. We all know that these situations do not apply to all black men, any more than all white men beat their wives and all white women then burn them, as Farrah Fawcett did in the movie "The Burning
Bed." Mr. Perry is engaging in an art form, and he is telling a story -- many stories, in the case of his film.

Let the black woman's pain be heard for a change. For too long, she's been the silent bearer of indignities from black and white men. If there is a story that lets us vent, who is Mr. Milloy -- or any other man for that matter -- to tell us to shut up?

By M. E. Schertzer, Silver Spring  | November 18, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
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Personally, Courtland hit on what the vast majority of Black Men are just tired of... the constant victimization at the expense of Black men. Have you been hurt? Of course. But instead of constructively approaching the issue, it's just more of the same. Instead of the demonization of Black men, yet again... it's just more of the same.

Courtland wasn't so much disturbed as he was, like me and many Black men were just disappointed. Again. When over 60% of Black men are married (albeit a falling number) and 70% of Black women are unmarried (a RAPIDLY falling number)... one has to really ask, who's the one with the problem?

As a Black man, married to a strong and wonderful, Black women, with beautiful Black daughters... I'm just at a point in my life that I can't support the consistent and persistent demonization of Black men in media. I don't teach my daughters to do so, because I show them and teach them what "love" is and they are SURROUNDED by positive and progressive Black men in their lives. If I've done my job right, they'll see Tyler Perry as a director with a POV, but not the PULSE of the AA experience. He's not, he's caters to a niche' AA audience and that's fine.

It's also very telling that by the box office number, FCGs didn't cross the boundaries he expected and HOPEFULLY, one day he'll produce a project that will tell our story as opposed to the ones that just consistently divide us.

At this rate though, I expect... more of the same.

Posted by: mrhymes01 | November 19, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Thank you mrhymes01..

Well stated...Well stated.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | November 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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