Spike Lee Eyes World War II Movie About Black Soldiers

The always controversial Spike Lee has another movie planned, this one about black soldiers during World War II. What exactly attracted Lee to the project? Um, because it’s about black soldiers fighting in a war overseas while they were still being segregated by Whitey back home? I mean, come on, that’s drama, baby! Lee says his film will be primarily based on James McBride’s novel “Miracle at St. Anna”, which is about a group of soldiers from the 92nd, all-black Buffalo Division fighting against Nazi occupation in Tuscany, Italy, and the friendship between one of them and a six-year-old Italian orphan.

Lee has never shied away from taking America to task for its racist past, and why should he? It’s really a damn shame what America did to blacks back then, even going so far as to segregate the military into black and white troops.

But of course, then Lee has to go American bashing in this interview and call World War II “the last just war”, meaning, of course, that he doesn’t think all the other wars since has been “just”. A lot of people in South Korea would disagree with you there, Spike.

But he added his new film would not be a propaganda work celebrating only the U.S. soldiers who liberated Europe from Nazi occupation.

“A lot of German soldiers were not faceless evil with no humanity, but simply men fighting on the wrong side: they too were tired, hungry and wanted to go back home.”

I know, Spike, we would never expect you to do anything even remotely pro-American. As-if.

I’m still looking forward to the movie, though, if only because Lee, despite being an oftentimes loudmouth midget, is nevertheless a very good filmmaker.

UPDATE

The Hollywood Reporter‘s got more details about Lee’s film, to be called “Miracle at St. Anna”. The plot concerns three U.S. soldiers who venture between the German lines and the squadrons of predominantly black U.S. divisions in World War II in Italy in order to rescue a fourth soldier.

Spike Lee Eyes World War II Movie About Black Soldiers



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  • Del Godard

    I do know that black men took part in world war 2 but I have never seen a film or a book about the subject can anyone help me out.

  • Del Godard

    I do know that black men took part in world war 2 but I have never seen a film or a book about the subject can anyone help me out.

  • Loki

    I used Google to search for information regarding this movie. And came across this page. I can’t really take this “commentary” seriously because of the name calling. Is this grade school now? A loudmouth midget? (sigh)

    Of course you have your right to put your thoughts out there. But some reasoning would be nice. As Del Godard stated what war movie is about BLACKS?! And when one finally comes up here is someone to bash it. Mainly because it’s Spike Lee.

    Like it or not Mr. Lee has done things for African Americans that I doubt the writer of this article even comes close to. It takes a lot to speak out of the injustices in this country done to African Americans without someone thinking we won’t let go.

    We do want to let go. But because we still have to face so many things that continue to ooppress we can’t. And if Mr. Lee’s only way to fight back is by making movies that won’t let the United States forget about what they have done then so be it! It’s not as if this is being taught in schools. African American history for the most part has been scattered if not simply erased.

    So to Nix, author of this article, go and educate yourself on the history of this nation and then comment. That way you may have more of an arsenal and reveal some type of intelligence. It might even help you be more creative than “loudmouth midget”.

  • Loki

    I used Google to search for information regarding this movie. And came across this page. I can’t really take this “commentary” seriously because of the name calling. Is this grade school now? A loudmouth midget? (sigh)

    Of course you have your right to put your thoughts out there. But some reasoning would be nice. As Del Godard stated what war movie is about BLACKS?! And when one finally comes up here is someone to bash it. Mainly because it’s Spike Lee.

    Like it or not Mr. Lee has done things for African Americans that I doubt the writer of this article even comes close to. It takes a lot to speak out of the injustices in this country done to African Americans without someone thinking we won’t let go.

    We do want to let go. But because we still have to face so many things that continue to ooppress we can’t. And if Mr. Lee’s only way to fight back is by making movies that won’t let the United States forget about what they have done then so be it! It’s not as if this is being taught in schools. African American history for the most part has been scattered if not simply erased.

    So to Nix, author of this article, go and educate yourself on the history of this nation and then comment. That way you may have more of an arsenal and reveal some type of intelligence. It might even help you be more creative than “loudmouth midget”.

  • Get a grip

    Loki, get a clue. This argument is getting old. You have a black man nominated for the democratic party as their presidential candidate.
    What about black history month? If there was a white history month that would be racist. Why is it a black has to be an african American instead of just an American? 95% of blacks here know very little of Africa but they wave the african american flag every time it suits them.

    • Stacey

      Get a grip… Your name and personality are oxymorons. African American is not a name that black people collectively chose. It is a name that was conferred upon us. Just as other ethnic groups have historically had politically correct terms conferred upon them.

      Dont use this as your forum to whine and cry about black people. The history children learn everyday in school is white history – whether or not you choose to believe it. So get a grip – black history month is only a month long and the only opportunity presented at school to learn a little about Africa.

      Grow up. You’re gonna have to learn to share America.

  • Get a grip

    Loki, get a clue. This argument is getting old. You have a black man nominated for the democratic party as their presidential candidate.
    What about black history month? If there was a white history month that would be racist. Why is it a black has to be an african American instead of just an American? 95% of blacks here know very little of Africa but they wave the african american flag every time it suits them.

    • Stacey

      Get a grip… Your name and personality are oxymorons. African American is not a name that black people collectively chose. It is a name that was conferred upon us. Just as other ethnic groups have historically had politically correct terms conferred upon them.

      Dont use this as your forum to whine and cry about black people. The history children learn everyday in school is white history – whether or not you choose to believe it. So get a grip – black history month is only a month long and the only opportunity presented at school to learn a little about Africa.

      Grow up. You’re gonna have to learn to share America.

  • Sarah

    It ia embarrassing and disgusting that you have the opportunity to affect the public opinion through your own by having your own blog.. wow.. please go into another field and stop making everyone laugh at you. and by the way.. when you write for something that the public will read.. maybe not use the words; midget, and as-if…Although, ‘as-if’, is a very happening phrase, maybe ‘right on’, ‘word up’ and ‘bitchin’ would have subsituted just fine.. My personal fav is bitchin… LIve it up in you fucked up small world!!!!

  • Sarah

    It ia embarrassing and disgusting that you have the opportunity to affect the public opinion through your own by having your own blog.. wow.. please go into another field and stop making everyone laugh at you. and by the way.. when you write for something that the public will read.. maybe not use the words; midget, and as-if…Although, ‘as-if’, is a very happening phrase, maybe ‘right on’, ‘word up’ and ‘bitchin’ would have subsituted just fine.. My personal fav is bitchin… LIve it up in you fucked up small world!!!!

  • mwytaria

    MY whole life i have watched and been subject to racism from both african-american and white american. I have never asked anyone for help are a hand up in this world because the color of my skin.Right now i am fighting for my country in afghanistan where see all kinds of people from different back grounds an race sharing the same hardship. The world my not be perfect and may not be the best place to live in but there are people placing the lives on the line to make it better. Asking people to just get alone is to much to ask for but what i will ask is make your part of the world alittle better each day.

  • mwytaria

    MY whole life i have watched and been subject to racism from both african-american and white american. I have never asked anyone for help are a hand up in this world because the color of my skin.Right now i am fighting for my country in afghanistan where see all kinds of people from different back grounds an race sharing the same hardship. The world my not be perfect and may not be the best place to live in but there are people placing the lives on the line to make it better. Asking people to just get alone is to much to ask for but what i will ask is make your part of the world alittle better each day.