Let the black woman's pain be heard
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?
M. E. Schertzer, Silver Spring
| November 18, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
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