Selma to Ferguson, Ferguson to Selma: What Happened After the Reporters Left

Paul Kersey, VDARE, January 12, 2015

The real story of Selma, Alabama isn’t what Hollywood put on the screen. It’s about what happened after the protesters got what they wanted and the reporters left.

Selma is back in the news because of the eponymous film, very loosely based on Martin Luther King’s 1965 voting rights marches, the latest installment in the burgeoning cinematic genre of “hate porn.” It just bombed at the Golden Globes, prompting the usual charges of racism. [‘Selma didn’t win much at the Golden Globes. Are politics to blame? By Nia-Malika Henderson,Washington Post, January 12, 2015]. {snip}

But Hollywood has a bigger problem if it wants to continue its reliance on anti-white agitprop. Curiously, while most Hollywood blockbusters rely on the foreign market to bring in the bulk of the gross receipts, hate porn is almost entirely dependent on the American market. To look at some examples:

  • 2011’s The Help made 78 percent of its lifetime gross ($216 million) in the domestic market.
  • 2012’s Red Tails was a box office bomb, grossing only $50 million worldwide, with an astonishing 99 percent of the share coming from the domestic market. A paltry $489,000 was grossed in the worldwide market
  • 2013’s The Butler made 66 percent of its lifetimes gross ($176 million) in the domestic market.

One exception: 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, which despite massive marketing and industry backing made only 30 percent of its worldwide gross ($187 million) from the American market. This may indicate a law of diminishing returns in the American market, as audiences weary of what is essentially the same movie over and over again.

Still, the film industry seems determined to double down on hate porn. Selma was produced by Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey for an estimated $20 million [Oprah Winfrey Joins Brad Pitt as Producer of MLK Drama ‘Selma,’ by Lucas Shaw, The Wrap, January 19, 2014]. It was directed by black female director Ava DuVernay, a diversity twofer duly celebrated by the Main Stream Media [Making Historyby Manohla Dargis, New York Times, December 3, 2014]. But Selma only opened to just over $11 million, managing to lose to Liam Neeson once again losing his family in Taken 3. [Selma’ Movie Opening Weekend Bested by ‘Taken 3’ Despite Critical Acclaim, by Aaron Morrison, International Business Times, January 12, 2015]

Of course, it’s not really about making money. It’s about imposing a permanent sense of white guilt of the historic American nation. And those older whites who may be tainted by “prejudice and racism” “just have to die,” to use Oprah’s notorious words. [Oprah: Racists Have to Die for Racism to End, by Noel Sheppard, Newsbusters, November 15, 2013] The object: to train young whites to willfully ignore racial reality and not “read, say, or think” anything PC, to use John Derbyshire’s phrase.

But both American blacks and whites will eventually have to face the consequences of what happened in Selma after the reporters left. Just as Birmingham, Alabama became a failed city after theachieving of black political power, so is present day Selma a reminder that Hollywood’s history seldom resembles the real thing.

Selma in 1965 was roughly half-white and half-black. But in the years since King’s march, the white population has declined by roughly 10,000 people and the city lost 30 percent of its total population [As ‘Selma’ wow Hollywood critics, white flight and poverty haunt Selma, by Jeremy Gray, AL.com, January 7, 2015] Today, the 80% black city is a ruin.

According to Public School Review, Selma High School and its 982 students is almost entirely black. Some 80 percent of students get a free lunch.

As recent as twenty years ago, there was still a small white population. However, Southern Changes magazine complained,

The student body has been majority African American since 1975, four years after integration. Currently, more than eighty percent of the students are black. Until very recently, the school had never been governed by a school board with a black majority. In all of the years since integration, there has been one black valedictorian and one black salutatorian.

[Selma: What Has Changed?, Southern Changes Volume 12, Number 4, 1991]

They and other “diversity campaigners” got what they wanted. In 2000, majority-black Selma finally elected its first black mayor, James Perkins Jr. This event was heralded as the “biggest news to hit Selma since slavery fell”:

‘His victory gives many people a sign of hope, not just in Selma, but in Alabama and the rest of the world,’ says the Rev. Frederick Douglas ‘F.D.’

Reese, Perkins’s pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church. ‘Selma, as I see it, has been chosen to be . . . a beacon of a brighter tomorrow.’

[Selma steps away from its troubled past, by Robin Demonia, Christian Science Monitor, October 2, 200]

But how did that play out? Under the “brighter tomorrow” of Third World leadership, Selma couldn’t even maintain a movie theater. The “Walton Theater,” once a famous landmark that hosted “talking pictures” as far back as 1932 and amateur talent shows, was eventually closed because there were no private investors to back the project, even after heavy investment by the city government.

Saturday marked the end of an era at the Walton Theater.

After two years of operation, the Jackson family showed its last movie Saturday — ‘A Madea Christmas.’

Sharon and David Jackson decided to end management of the city-owned facility after the Selma City Council’s Public Building’s Committee decided not to approve a transition proposal or present a counter offer . . .

The Walton Theater originally opened in 1914 . . . In the 1970s, the theater fell into a state of disrepair and was closed.

Selmians helped to raise more than $1 million to reopen the theater. It reopened in May 1985 after five years of planning and construction, spearheaded by local residents Larry Striplin and Anita Bryant.

The theater stopped showing feature films in the 1990s.

In October 2011 David and Sharon Jackson partnered with the City of Selma to reopen the Walton as a first-run movie theater. The city helped by purchasing new state-of-the-art digital and sound systems. The first film shown in the Jackson’s Walton Theater was ‘Mission Impossible IV,’ according to the theater’s website.

[Movies come to a close at Selma’s Walton Theater, by Josh Bergeron, Selma Times Journal, December 21, 2013]

Naturally, this led to an awkward situation when it came time to screen Selma in the town that inspired the movie. The Walton Theater was reopened just for the movie. Once the show is over, a ruined city where more than 40 percent of the people live in poverty will remain. [Fear and joy as Alabama town readies for screenings of film ‘Selma,’ by Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters, January 3, 2015]

And this serves as a metaphor for whole sad story of Selma. Oprah Winfrey and Hollywood will continue to roll out Civil Rights pornography, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will continue their extortion rackets, and the great passion plays of the Civil Rights Movement will be re-enacted again and again. Whites will be called racist for leaving black run cities, and if they don’t flee, they will be called racist for staying.

The Civil Rights Movement got exactly what it wanted. Its leading figures, like Martin Luther King Jr., have been enshrined as American saints. Black power reigns in what were some of the leading cities of the Old Confederacy.

But formerly First World cities like Selma, Birmingham, and Detroit will still be Third World slums, no matter how many Hollywood movies are made about the evils of Whites. And no amount of white guilt will comfort those who have to live in the ruins.

Like Shelley’s Ozymandias, of the colossus that was the American Civil Rights Movement, nothing beside remains.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    It turns out this movie is already flopping at the box office. I couldn’t be happier.

    • But read this article closely. They don’t care if it makes money or not. They just want to peddle a narrative and to beat us down.

      • MBlanc46

        True enough, but if none but true believers are seeing it, it won’t be much of a beatdown.

        • pwnful truth

          The thing to look at, MBlanc, is not box office returns. From Oprah’s perspective, if the movie makes money, great, but here’s what it is REALLY meant for: to be watched 2 years from now for free on cable at 2:00 in the afternoon by a kid home from school flipping channels.

          • MBlanc46

            I suppose that’s a possibility, but I’d bet a six-pack that the lack of success of this film is an indication of Negro fatigue. More and more people are realizing that the 1950s and 1960s are over and the racial issues of today are black crime and violence, not past grievances. Unfortunately, we’re not yet at the point where we can openly state our beliefs.

          • pwnful truth

            Again, “success” of these films is not measured by box office returns. People are seeing these pieces of crap 2, 3, 5 years down the road for free on cable, or in schools, and the unfortunate truth is that people ACTUALLY believe every single second of each and every one of these movies.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Free viewings were offered to residents of Selma. Another form of welfare.

      • D.B. Cooper

        Well, I would offer my two cents on other sites, but I’m banned from several due to my “controversial comments”.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Banned for telling the truth, eh?

        • MBlanc46

          Imagine that.

      • Laura Dilworth

        Movie theater is closing

        • Katherine McChesney

          Their movie theater closed several years ago but reopened only to show “Selma” free to locals.
          Black crime in Selma was the reason for it’s closing.

          • Laura Dilworth

            Yep

      • gemjunior

        Ugh, I wish you were kidding but I know you aren’t. The one consolation is that nobody will be able to hear the worthless dialogue anyway, since the blacks are always shouting at the screen and each other. Smh.

    • cjkcjk

      Just read 10 thousand Chicago Public School students will be taking field trips to see the porn, they get our money one way or another.

  • Roninf9

    Here is some interesting info about Mike King that you will never see in the Corporate Media.

    newswithviews com/Stang/alan28.htm

  • MekongDelta69

    Welcome back to Vdare Paul…

  • NationalFront

    Was segregation even that bad? It’s seems to me the only time people bring it up(blacks and leftist in particular) is to shame the white man or to use it as an excuse to account for the poor behaviour of blacks.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Many (a la Teddy Roosevelt) saw the presence of black people in America as a terrible historical mistake to which there wasn’t any humane solution. Blacks’ presence and innate nature led to whites wanting to separate. No doubt, racial segregation was an indignity to whomever suffered it, but you’re correct to state that it’s used to justify greater anti-white government policy.

      • MBlanc46

        There were a lot of indignities (many of which weren’t necessary and which played a part in the demise of the system), but segregation made possible conditions in which black entrepreneurship could thrive. Enterprise for them, security for us: not a bad deal all round.

    • gemjunior

      I think blacks lived better then but will never admit it.

  • Luca

    “But Hollywood has a bigger problem…”

    And that problem is when Realism meets the internet and people are able to think for themselves and see there really are two sides to a story.

  • Caucasoid88

    Read this last night. Kersey is a really talented journalist.

    • Reynardine

      Kersey’s earlier stuff was a bit disjointed, and his books were lower quality.

      He has matured into and excellent and insightful author.

      • Caucasoid88

        I haven’t read his books because they’re reviewed poorly, probably because he’s such a prolific writer. But when he’s on, he’s gold. His introductions and endings are poetry. The middles are chock-full of brilliant observations and deep research.

        • Reynardine

          He definitely makes a better blogger than he does a book-writer. His style lends itself to sharp jabs, not drawn-out points.

          Back in the day, he would have made a trenchant newspaper writer.

          • Caucasoid88

            Definitely. He and Nick Stix both.

      • MBlanc46

        I used to look at his website. He really needed a copy editor. I hope that he’s improved.

  • Mary

    Despite Selma’s evocative name and symbolism, it is absolutely no different than any other town once blacks ascend into majority status and power. There are literally dozens of “Selmas” in Alabama, each as dysfunctional and dystopian as the next.

  • JohnEngelman

    I wish facts mattered more in political discussion. Unfortunately, facts and logical argument cannot respond to hatred and anger.

    • Reynardine

      “The first casualty of war is the truth.”

      I can’t tell you myself that the anti-white zeitgeist won’t be stopped with logic, domain of the white man anyawy. It will be stopped with images of suffering whites.

  • dd121

    People don’t talk much about being against all this anti-white propaganda, but by their staying away in droves, I do think they get it.

    • Reynardine

      Even the stupidest get tired of the Guilt Assault.

      • LexiconD1

        Ahem….My Mother…

        She’s a tried and true dumbbell Liberal. When she saw the commercial for this, she became enraged. She turned to me and said, ‘ENOUGH”, How many times as they going to try and shove this down our throats?”…

        Yes, they are slowly ‘getting it’. Just not fast enough.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      No doubt “Selma” will be mandatory, required viewing throughout the K-12 curriculum, just as the fraudulent Roots is – to make White children feel guilty about their past and indoctrinate into blacks that their rage and anger at Whites are completely justified.

      • saxonsun

        Here in NYC, school kids were admitted free to this “film.”

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The actor who plays Martin Luther King Jr., David Oyelowo, calls the parallels with Ferguson indisputable, and the rapper Common, who plays activist James Bevel, pronounces, Obviously, the story took place in 1965, which is almost 50 years ago, but we know that it’s happening now.’

    I hope this movie goes down in flames at the box office. It’s time to starve the beast that pushes this race-baiting, anti-White, fraudulent drivel from Hollywood that incites blacks to attack Whites.

    The movie’s stars showed up for the New York City premiere with “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts, and held their hands up for photos. One of its producers, Oprah Winfrey, says of the film, It is here for a reason in this moment.

    *******************************

    This is all that I need to know about this movie.

  • willbest

    These movies serve an important function in our society. They allow liberals in their 95%+ white communities to get a black experience without having to come into contact with any blacks.

  • Andy

    One thing I would really like to see AmRen do is give an unbiased history of the Civil Rights Movement. Unless something changes, future generations will see the Central Park Five, Trayvon Martin, and Mike Brown as open-and-shut cases of white racism based on how the media and academia portray the incidents. The cases of Rodney King and Emmett Till have turned out not to be as simple as I learned in school. Was there another side to Selma and Birmingham too?

  • TruthBeTold

    2015 is the 100 anniversary of ‘Birth of a Nation’.

    If anyone is interested, go to cspan dot org and search ‘Birth of a Nation’ and watch a liberal denounce the film as racist and tear it apart for it’s fictional depiction of post-slavery blacks.

  • wonderwhy

    Birmingham Al third world are you crazy

    • Diana Moon Glampers

      I assume you meant:

      “Birmingham, AL: third world…are you crazy?”

      By your complete lack of ability to write in English, I will assume you are either black or very young. Either way, you are not equipped to engage in a debate here.

      • wonderwhy

        Sorry,I, was not a English major.That was not my orginal comment.Anytime you would like debate,I am sure, I am quite capable.Poor Grammar and Spelling and all.

    • Mary

      There are certainly parts of Birmingham that would qualify, although the same could be said of many other cities with similar demographics.

  • For a race of people that never accomplished anything significant, who are constantly on the receiving end of the world’s foreign aid, and who destroy every city and country they populate in large numbers, there’s sure a lot of movies that have been produced trying to make others feel sorry for them.

    Truth is, these people neither deserve our esteem, our money, nor our aid because they have done absolutely nothing to earn it. While a selective few blacks have been able to rise above the dysfunction that plagues this race (thanks to the white man!), the vast majority of them deserve the lot they find themselves in. They are dishonorable in every way.

  • superlloyd

    Name one prosperous, low crime, majority black, successful city in the world. Cities and towns are markers of civilisation. No wonder the bantu cannot sustain, maintain let alone create a successful town or city as it has never managed to create civilisation ever.

  • A Freespeechzone

    It’s about time people stop going to these ‘anti-White’ movies that reinforce how evil Whites are….

    People of color should be grateful that they are able to live in a society that has modern conveniences like electricity, running water, etc….that WAS developed and built by the White man.

    If we were so evil….they would be repatriated back to Africa and other third-world crapholes wearing loincloths.

  • Vito Powers

    Here’s a way to fill those empty seats at theaters showing Selma:

    Michael Littlejohn likes the movie “Selma,” about a key moment in the civil-rights movement of the 1960s, and he wishes everyone would see it.

    • Strider73

      I recently read that attendance is languishing at Negroes Behaving Atrociously (NBA) games despite multitudes of free tickets being handed out. As several analysts noted in the article, the freebies dilute the value of the other tickets, making it likely that even fewer people will buy them. In turn, the value of the product itself is reduced. The fact that so many people had to be bribed to see Selma with free tickets reveals its lack of value.

  • Mary

    Selma is part of the Black Belt region of Alabama, which was formerly the home of many cotton plantations and remains the home of many slave descendants. Most counties in the region are more than 70% black, and are exactly as one would expect them to be with that unfortunate demographic majority.

  • Scott Rosen

    50 years after Africans took over Selma, Selma doesn’t even have a working movie theater in which to show “Selma!” I bet they had to do a lot of work to pull off that one-off. Africans are more dangerous to civilizations than atomic weapons.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    If a negro town can’t even keep open a movie theater, too bad! Maybe they should have tried to bring in all black films and offered free malt liquor to the first 100 customers. I like art house theaters, why can’t negroes create a theater in their community that serves the same purpose? I’m not aware of Alabama having any statues on the books banning black ownership of theaters. However, if I am wrong, please list those specific laws.

    Where I grew up has a demographic makeup similar to Selma in 1965. However, what keeps that area from totally imploding is that there are a lot whites who have bailed out of the central city and off to other counties. The house I grew up in is for sale and at the price, it is a bargain. Unless you factor in the costs of a private school. In 1960, the elementary school I attended was 100% white. In 1975 it was about 60W/40B (with a couple of hispanics and asians in the mix). Today, it is about 98% black. I don’t know anyone that I grew up with who has purchased a home in my old neighborhood.

    When busing was mandated, I doubt that any of these federal judges realized that kids will age out of the system and those who went to “integrated” schools are probably the most strident in making sure their kids go to an all (or 95+%) white school. If you ever visit the Kansas City area, there were a lot of houses built on the Kansas side of the border after Judge Russell Clark tried to build a billion dollar district that would still be occupied by a group of people with sub-standard intelligence. My oldest siblings never got to experience the “joys of diversity” (they made it out just under the wire). However, one of them is of the belief that black kids fail from lack of opportunities; thank goodness this sibling does not have any kids.

    Maybe 1 – 5% can actually take advantage of the opportunities that exist. The failure of this movie should not come as a surprise.

    • LHathaway

      Great. Someone else obsessing about the ‘failures’ of black. That’s really helping whites somewhere! *sarcasm*

      Heck, you may as well open up your own charter school for them.

  • HJ11

    I try to avoid all Black movies and anti-White movies. Let the movie makers go broke who push this miscegenationist and propagandistic crap on us. Cut off their money, and they’ll stop making these movies.

    • pwnful truth

      They won’t go broke. The superhero comic book blockbuster crap and the “zany hilarious” comedies that make billions worldwide are what funds these psychological warfare operations. You can’t starve them out by not supporting “Selma” and “Twelve Years a Slave.” those movies were never designed to make money. Hollywood has been shoving ludicrous black grievance movies down our throats for well over half a century, and they never made any money and audiences didn’t want them. We can only conclude that profits are not the motives behind these movies

  • Mark Gardner

    I have been searching for the real story of what actually happened in Selma in 1964. I had read an article somewhere years ago of interviews with the townspeople as eyewitness accounts of the debauchery that was the farce of the snivele rights movement. I believe AR was the place but it could have been elsewhere.