In this scene, we see the tail-end of a conversation between two old friends, Ignorant-Ass Ricky and Aaron. This takes place right after Aaron confides in Ricky about a situation with a peer that upset him. Instead of listening to Aaron though, Ricky inadvertently pushes Aaron away; he in turn becomes the oppressor in the situation, foolishly using language he knows little about, as a misplaced term of endearment. Ricky then tries to justify.
Note: This character’s name was recently changed to “Ignorant-Ass Ricky” in the past few months to illustrate a point. Ricky’s actions are that of white ignorance and the yearning for acceptance.
I’ve seen this character so much throughout my life. In the classroom, at work, from afar, and even a little too close to home. And because it’s been hard to escape, I’ve seen him in my own young self. This isn’t okay. How long will it be until we educate ourselves, actually serve our communities, and hold each other accountable on these matters?
No matter how much flack I feared I’d get from folks, I had to write this character into the film (perhaps he needs his own movie). As much as we say we do, we don’t live in post-racial times, and we all do see race. Does this make me a little racist too? This scene was created to show that these race-related situations do exist. But as the film goes, we see that they don’t have to go this way.
Speaking on my community in Durango, Colorado, I’ve seen misrepresentations of persons of color in many areas, from different festivities and “celebrations” throughout the year to white-owned art galleries downtown (not to knock any of the hard-working peoples' heartfelt art in galleries), on the internet, and even reflected in some of my own past amateur work, etc.
I’ve seen the in-the-flesh actions by folks in positions of power and authority in Durango though, and more places, that abuse and regulate these perpetual white-benefiting institutions, who leave little to no room for true progressiveness. Are these really beneficial to anyone then?
I used a quote attached to a photo of Ignorant-Ass Ricky in the past, amongst many I thought related to our film, and realized quickly that it was a bit too haste and didn’t relate directly to our film. I feel like it can sometimes be inappropriate to lift peoples’ work to reiterate something else that may not be directly related, like I did. Postmodernism? It truly depends on the content. Hopefully this post clears some of that up a bit.
IT’S CALLED INERTIA YOUNG’N will be physically available in the coming months to those who pledged to the Indiegogo campaign and will also be up for FREE download online shortly after. All releases will include an accompanying filmmaker-analysis/introspection, critique, and list of inspirational art & literature. Thank you all for your patience.