Tagged: Denzel Washington

An Anti-Hero is More Than a Sandwich

No amount of bootlegging will keep me from this movie.

One of the really difficult things about being Black is how conflicted we can be when it comes to our “heroes” and our role models.

It is plain that Frank Lucas is portrayed as a hero on some levels. As difficult as that is to digest, it is a fact and cannot be ignored.

What will probably ensue will be the inevitable backlash from those who will insist that Frank Lucas represents the “wrong” kind of hero for Black people. And they will be right.

There will be those who herald Lucas for being a gentleman gangster. And they will be right as well.

I don’t have a problem with stories like that. The problem is the lack of more virtuous stories. THAT is what I am looking forward to. Not fewer Frank Lucases, but more Dorie Millers and Benjamin Carsons.

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