What can I say… life many American’s my TV consumption during this pandamic has quadrupled! It’s not as bad now that I’m back to work, but I still spend a lot of time on the makeshift couch in the office (aka a bed) watching things on Netflix’s. On several ocassions I have been know to bust out my DVDs. (For those of you who don’t know what a DVD is, it’s a round and flat divice – in the shape of a circle – that stores a movie or series of movies on it. I have serveral hundred… yes, I am aware that is a lot. But I digress).
In the last week I started watching season 2 of The Umbrella Academy. Which is brillant! Okay, it’s brilliant if you love Sci-Fi, superheros, the underdog, and tend to gravitate towards the slightly off beat. Which for me is perfect.
I was exctied when the 5 landed in the 60’s, because it would send be back to a facinating time in history. Don’t ask me why I find the 60’s intersteing, but I do. I love the old cars, the fashion, and oh lordy help me if some of the color pairings don’t just make me smile. (Yes, sometimes its because they are just so ugly I laugh, but some of them are truly brilliant.) When Allison lands in the 60’s and enters the diner, the WHITES ONLY sign and the looks she recives are glaring. If I only knew how much further the second season was going to go then.
Allision, becomes part of the Civil Rights Movemnt (S.J.C.C), and helps organize a sitin at the diner. Allision is the first one to the diner, slowly she is joined. The waiter and several others ask them to leave, but their resolve is absolute. They (Allision and her counterparts) were poliet, respectful and rather quiet. It was the white men, who got heated and even through coffee in her lap. Which of course started a brawl, which started a riot. As soon as the waiter or the cop or whoever it was shoved Allisions husband to the table… I started to cry. I was so angry and scared… He was only trying to protect his wife, all he did was raise his voice. The riot outside the diner was a mist of what one can only asume is tear gas and flashing police lights. It was a terrify sight. More tears came. I wasn’t agry anymore though, I was just sad. Sad because this is exactly what’s happening again. So many amazing people fought for rights in the 60’s y’all… and now 60 years later… they are still fighting. Did we learn or accomplish nothing?
Go on watch season 2 of The Umbrella Academy… heck watch any show about the Civil Rights Movment from the African American perspective. I dare you not to cry or scream. I doubt you can watch these and not be moved to some kind of emotion… if you can well, that’s a problem. The similaraties are haunting… this was not the world I was lead to believe I lived in. The Civil Rights Movement was supposed to be a thing of the past. We were supposed to live in the land of freedom and equlaity… But unforunatly it’s not. Black men and women are still oppressed. The “other” is still mocked, ridiculed and shamed. Please, my fellow men, women and children be better than this. Be good enough to see past skintone and know we are all family. Please, to those creators out there, keep creating show like this, that speak out about atrocities and open our eyes.
Season 2 also touches on homsexuality in the 60’s. But we can cover that another time.