Father Pfleger, Senator Collins urge all to see the historic ‘Red Tails’ movie

 RIps Hollywood producer for turning thumbs down on film 
 
 
By Chinta Strausberg
 
 
Father Michael L. Pfleger and Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) called on the black community to see the “Red Tails” movie produced by George Lucas that documents the historic WW II Tuskegee Airmen starring Gerald Lee McRaney and David Oyelowo—a movie that showcases the history of black men who won against many odds.
 
Collins said, “This is telling the history of heroic African American fighter pilots who through their sheer strength and sacrifice were able to surmount racial barriers to succeed against the odds. It’s an authentic American story about perseverance and patriotism.  I would hope that all young adults who view the movie would aspire to achieve the same spirit and standards of excellence exemplified by the courageous Tuskegee airmen.
 
Pfleger is offended that Hollywood producers reportedly said they could not support this movie because they could not get funding for this movie and that they did not know how to market an all-black film. He says the argument is specious because “they don’t have a problem marketing Tyler Perry movies.
 
“We are the country that celebrates our vets. When our soldiers come home, there’s a big parade; well, this is a movie about soldiers, veterans; so why can’t they support this movie”? asked Pfleger.
 
“Encourage your friends to see this movie.,” Pfleger said urging all to go and see “Red Tails” “and prove Hollywood wrong.”
 
It is also fitting that the movie is coming out 11-days before Black History Month. It’s an opportunity for parents to bring their children to see “Red Tails” and to learn how before 1940 blacks were denied the right to be trained as combat flyers in the U.S. military and to see how this all-black squadron changed history by forming the Tuskegee Airmen who made a huge difference in WW II and opening the door to equal opportunities in the military.
 
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.