Captive Teenagers Comment On Craig Bodeker`s “Conversation About Race”
Which of the following actions would
you expect to be labeled as
“racist” by a
A woman is engaged in
conversation with a co-worker, who responds by saying
“Yeah, sister, I
understand what you mean”.
A man comments to
another man at a club,
“You`re a good
When asked what
he would do as
“immigration czar” of America, a young man responds
“deport them all!”
Stumped? The answer, according to
the interviewees in Craig Bodeker`s documentary
A Conversation about Race is
every situation except
Startling? On its face, yes. But
VDARE.COM readers shouldn`t find too much comfort in #4.
Here`s some extra information: the woman in situation
#1, the co-worker in situation #2 and the compliment
giver in situation #3 are whites while the noticed man,
dancer in the club
and the potential
immigration czar are black.
Now it`s not so surprising. Even
#4`s immigration czar would be easily identified as a
he were white. But he`s black—so he
can`t be a
Bodeker`s excellent debut
documentary is intended to demonstrate the
and double standards inherent in the
belief system. The term
is used intentionally, since the interviewees say that
racism is “all
around them, everywhere all the time” and yet are
unable to come up with any definition of the word or
examples of it in action.
“Racism is when we chop ourselves into categories…when
you really look at the quantum level or the basic fabric
of the universe there is no separation. I am you, I am
the chair, I am the wall, I`m the rug, I`m the rock, I`m
the tree, I`m the grass.”
“It`s as if saying, once I`ve
put a boundary,
you and I can no longer communicate.”
“Racism could be anything, like I could be racist
against him per se, he could be gay and I could be straight. That`s still
Strikingly, the most dogmatic
“anti-racist” interviewed was also the prettiest person in the film:
a young blond haired, blue eyed college girl who
berated herself for observing that
“black people are
(it`s true, I used to teach them) and explained to the camera that while black people are better than
white people at some things, white people only succeed
when they cheat.
These are the definitions of racism
provided by those who also professed to see it every
single day. With these bizarre vagaries as their
foundation, it`s no surprise that the anti-racist
faithful are quickly befuddled when Bodeker presents
them with facts.
Befuddled, but not deterred.
The point Bodeker makes is not a new
one to VDARE.COM readers, but it is a good one, made
invaluable by the clear, accessible presentation.
Addressing the camera, Bodeker frankly describes his
methodology—from advertising for interviewees on
Craigslist to stopping random people on a busy street
corner in downtown
He cuts back and forth between his own commentary and
the interviews, with a seamless flow from one clip to
another. He is never sarcastic or vicious, and the
interviewees always seem completely at ease. Bodeker
himself looks the part of a new breed of male
Sex in the City
hunk-dom) or the country singer
casual, friendly and presentable.
In that sense, this DVD is an
excellent jumping-off point for an audience that may not
be ready for much of the franker debate about race that
VDARE.COM readers are used to. It seems perfectly
adaptable to a middle or high-school classroom and could
provide an excellent spark for debates in college
environments. I can even see sending the film to a few
of my own relatives who might need a polite
kick-in-the-pants towards reality.
With this in mind, I hosted a little
showing with the first two teenagers I could find. At
first indignant at the prospect of abandoning their
summertime allotment of
for a whole hour
(oh, the humanity!), they were consoled with popcorn.
And after the first few minutes, they were riveted.
Occasionally, one or the other of
them would blurt out in exasperation, or laugh at the
ridiculous responses that Bodeker managed to get on
film, at which point they would pause the movie to
discuss their disgust.
Now, these particular kids have
heard criticism of the
concept before and are even familiar with some of the
more incorrect ideas regarding the race debate in
America, hearing about them regularly at home. But even
so, they inevitably have absorbed some of the
conventional blame-whites propaganda that they get
stuffed into their ears at school and on television and
everywhere else in the world.
And the extent to which this movie
laid out in explicit terms how exploitative the
has become was very educational for them. They brought
it up days later, clearly having been turning it over in
their minds for some time.
When I asked the two of them if
either could imagine the movie being shown in their
school, both answered negatively. The younger of the
two, a girl, qualified her answer, saying “Well,
but I don`t know who”.
I`m afraid she`s being naïve. In her
private school in the past two years, she has never had
a white guest speaker. Instead, she`s had an
Indian tribal leader
whites killing Indians
was historically comparable to
Hitler`s holocaust (he visits every year); a black
congressman talk about
a black storyteller share
and an African dance troupe teach them how to beat
Bodeker is neither the right color
nor does he convey the right message.
Noting Bodeker`s race, the older of
my two guinea pigs, a boy, tried to think of ways that
the documentary could be more viewer-friendly for race
believers. His suggestion was to replace Bodeker with
a black man giving the commentary. Or,
perhaps Bodeker should disguise his conclusions and only
reveal them little by little, waiting for a dramatic
end with all of his footage serving as evidence after
I don`t disagree with the boy`s
points: yes, the public has come to bridle when faced
man discussing race.
Yes, the public is taught to believe
people are allowed to talk about it and
Yes, it is a bit jarring for newbies to hear Bodeker say
calmly into the camera that he can`t think of anything
manufactured and manipulated than this whole construct
and that he has
“grown suspicious of the term itself and
the people who use
But that`s kinda the point.
Blacks have done enough talking
about race. It`s time to let us—and not just brainwashed
Athena Kerry (email
recently graduated from a Catholic university somewhere in