January 18th, 2005


Dirty Pretty Things

Just watched Dirty Pretty Things directed by Stephen Frears who directed one of my favorite movies The Grifters. It's about a Turkish woman in England on refugee status. She's not allowed to work. THe other main character is a Nigerian doctor who is illegal. He drives cab and works front desk for a hotel. She is a maid at the hotel. He sleeps on her couch. Everything is fine until he finds a human heart blocking the toilet from flushing. Turns out the hotel is a front for a ring of kidney thieves and the owner then tries to blackmail him into being the doctor in return for money and a passport to make him legal. Oh, and immigration is after both characters. Because of that, she can't work and considers selling one of her kidneys.

Great movie. Oh, and the Turkish woman is Audrey Tatou, a.k.a. Amelie. Kind of a different role.


Photographs of Signs Enforcing Racial Discrimination

Photographs of Signs Enforcing Racial Discrimination

I think ever pampered white kid ought to look at this. One of my pet peeves is people who claim reverse discrimination is holding them back from being successful in life. I personally believe reverse descrimination is real. But I also believe it is neither pervasive nor an impediment to success for anyone. It's more on the annoyance level. Thus, my irritation at paying more to play video games than a woman did at Ganeworks pales in commparison to the lesser pay of women in general. I'll do my bit to end that practice, but we don't need a men's rights group devoted to getting prices for men down to prices for women for the handful of things for which men pay more. Same thing with reverse discrimination.

Likewise I think this applies to white people who claim that their advancement is being held back by quotas requiring blacks in the workplace. It exists, but the vast majority of the time whites have subtle institutional advantages they don't even realize they are taking advantage of. So on the occasional instance of getting held back, white people can move on to the next opportunity and take advantage of something that a minority may not be able to.

I like exhibits like the one behind that link. It brings home in a tangible way the discrimination that blacks faced not so long ago. This wasn't in the distance past. Such blatant discrimination happened just before I was born. Compare that against someone occasionally hiring an unqualified minority. And then tell me that we need a civil rights movement on behalf of whites or Europeans. I don't think so.