Why would some Black audiences boycott the new Harriet Tubman movie?
Written by Solomon Jones on November 13, 2019
In a Black community dealing with the shooting deaths of numerous children in recent months, another story is vying for top billing — the proposed boycott of the Civil War-era biopic, “Harriet.”
It seems to be part of a disturbing pattern of Black folks telling each other not to support Black films. And not just any Black films — Black films that tell the stories of African Americans who fought back against slavery.
Across Black Twitter and other social media platforms, a small but vocal segment of Black people are imploring other African Americans not to support the film. Based on the life story of Harriet Tubman, the film contains various fictional elements, but in my view, it captures the spirit of the woman who led so many enslaved people to freedom that she earned the biblical moniker, Moses.
However, capturing Tubman’s spirit isn’t good enough for some in the Black community. And that’s ironic because the movie has a Black female producer, Black female writer, Black female director, and an overwhelmingly Black cast. Yet there are Black folks out here saying the film’s not Black enough.