This is a platform where I choose to display my emotions! In advance, if you do not agree with me, that is your opinion, I have the right to show mine! Writing is the best way for me to get out my emotions, so this is me being comfortable in my own skin.
I went blindly, not doing research or knowing exactly what this movie was about. Only hearing the rave reviews and how every black person on the planet should support this film, is the reason why I decided to take my family to see Fruitvale Station. The gist of the movie is about a 22yr old man, who is from the urban area of Oakland, Ca, trying to make it, with little to no real legit income, with intentions of taking great care of his daughter and being a supportive boyfriend to his girlfriend. His life takes a detour for what people may call the worse, when he is basically harassed like an animal and fatally shot by a transit officer on New Years’s Day 2009 at Fruitvale Bart Station.
This is how the movie opens up……
As soon, as I seen that actual footage in the opening of Fruitvale Station, that set the tone for me. I was immediately pissed! I was angry, I felt sympathy for Oscar Grant’s family, especially his daughter. I immediately thought about Trayvon Martin and his family, and most importantly my own boys and the future of black men in this twisted society.
I don’t watch t.v. that much, on purpose, and I definitely like to tune out the news because of all the negativity! It just dampers my whole spirit and who wants to look at such negativity ’round the clock? At the same time, because I don’t watch that much media programming, I was not aware of this incident until I seen the movie Fruitvale Station. And I can say the same for most people I know, as well. The media likes to glorify matters that really don’t mean anything to us a society that will help us grow. Instead, issues like the wrongful death of Oscar Grant get swept under the rug, until it’s forced in our faces. I’m sure there are many cases like this that happen all the time and we (the public) don’t know it’s happening because the media is not showing us. Stories like what Kanye West & Kim Kardashian are naming their baby, or who is doing what or who, and other bullshit is glorified to keep us dumbed down, and unaware.
I didn’t know Oscar Grant personally, but how he was depicted and portrayed in Fruitvale Station, showed he had somewhat of an anger issue. Now, we all have faults that need to be worked on and I’m not condemning the brotha for showing emotions, but it’s just the way you handle certain things, where you can’t let anything or anybody get that energy out of you. I have not been in a situation where I’ve been targeted by the police and handled like a non-human being, so maybe I would see things differently if in that position. Throughout the movie there were circumstances that caused his anger to rise a bit much and I just feel like there are better ways to channel your anger in the face of crucial times. I’m learning and growing from this, myself. It’s hard but it can be done.
In the scene where Oscar and his friends were being held outside of the train, had all his friends would’ve just sat there in a calm manner without heckling the female officer and being disrespectful to the others officers, keeping their mouths shut, he may have been alive today. I’m not saying kiss ass, but there is a time a place for everything. In the same breath, the actions of the transit officers did not warrant harassment or taking a life. I DO feel like the officers were antagonizing these men on purpose (calling them bitch ass niggas over and over), just to justify why they had to handle them so harshly. At one point, Oscar Grant is telling the officers that everything is cool, trying to be compliant with them.
From experience, having an uncle in and out of jail all of my life and looking at how he handles authority with this macho-ism anger, it just doesn’t help. What I want to teach my boys is not to be afraid of them (cops), but definitely be aware and be smart! I want to teach them that if they are ever in that situation, to just shut the fuck up, and any wrong doings that are done, can be handled on paper! Sue the hell out of them and be alive to see justice prevail. We can not fight them physically, we need to be make smarter decisions on how to fight them and win at their game. I don’t want to come off racist, but I am black, my boys are black, and I care about the evolution of my black people in this world, first! I’m all for humanity coming together, but it hurts to see one race of people (knowing that it yours), being treated unjustly like we are not human at all, as if we don’t have the same human rights to this world as others. This world is not just for one race of people, and when people really get that,understand that fully, and start LOVING each other no matter the outward appearance, is when we will really start to see a change for the better. I’m not saying deny your feelings and don’t ever get angry, but it’s what you do with that anger, it’s your reaction! You are ultimately responsible for how you respond or react to somebody else’s bullshit!
I just can’t get out of my mind his last words, “I have a daughter”. That hurt me so much, because you could tell by the way he was portayed in Fruitvale Station that he had a big heart, he was trying to be a better man. He’s human, he didn’t deserve to die that way. And that little girl didn’t deserve to have her father taken away from her like that.
In a nutshell, I LOVED the movie, would recommend that everyone, no matter your race, to go see Fruitvale Station! Michael B. Jordan, who played Oscar Grant, was great at showing all real sides of Grant as a human being; his anger, struggles with selling marijuana, smoking it, his sensitive side, a LOVING father, son, brother, friend, and boyfriend, and also his sense of humor and his awareness for wanting to be a better person.
I’m am a little disturbed that this did not get the world wide attention that it deserved, at the time, however I am grateful that I am aware now. I have to protect my boys, my family, and my life! Black men and black youth are getting targeted everyday all over the world by police brutality and it’s not being shown to the masses!
So, since I wasn’t exposed to this until now, I feel like it’s my job to expose this to others who have not seen this yet! And go see this movie, Fruitvale Station! Support it and pass it on! Everyone can learn and grow from this! Praying for strength, LOVE, & forgiveness for his family.