Get on to Get Along: The Bus Edition

I loved this movie. I loved the conversations, and the characters with a few exceptions – and even they had their place (obviously). Spike’s pointed critique of homophobia, colorism, and absent father syndrome are realistic and apt. I really appreciated his use of the bus and the march as a place to allow for these kind of conversations, and the march as a destination to be reached. Giving a destination allowed the audience to have an end in sight and time restraints on the conversations. Within a few days, the black men (who never get a space such as this) have to flesh out several topics, and even if no one’s mind is actually changed, i.e. on the subject of homophobia, they are at least talked about openly. It is heartening to see the man and his son make up in some way, and there are other moments of awesomeness peppered throughout. I named this post get on the get along because there was this pervasive idea that to be on the bus, you had to be about it regardless of skin tone or even race, as that one rich yet rude black man was firmly kicked off. Get on the Bus is about black men, for black men, yet I didn’t feel excluded from the experience – all it takes is to be about it to get on this bus.

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