In a magical taste of irony, Whitelandia, a new documentary on the problematic racial history of Oregon, has run into some problems surrounding appropriation and white privilege. The filmmakers of the documentary, Matt Zodrow and Tracy MacDonald who are both white, had planned to work with black communities in Oregon, but it turns out that the individuals who the filmmakers reported as supporting the film were not on board. Writer and scholar Walidah Imarisha whose work the documentary was based on, was featured in the trailer for the documentary and the movie’s Kickstarter all without her permission. She explains:
This situation, where my work as a Black female scholar has been used by two white filmmakers without conversation, credit, compensation or control reeks of intellectual colonialism.
Maybe it’s time we let people tell their own story.
Team Blackness also discussed a black student president wh0 was forced to resign after mocking her rich, white, lacrosse playing, overprivileged brethren; the worst states in which to raise black children; and how Jeremy Meeks has gone from felon to fashion model.