"Courgae has no Color."
Red Tails,” the George Lucas film that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, enjoyed a robust debut weekend, claiming the #2 spot by bringing in more than $19 million at the box office, according to the Hollywood Reporter and other industry reports.
Personally I really want to go see the film I knew Hollywood wasn't going to support this film. Some people were suprised that George Lucas couldn't gain support from Hollywood to help him finance this film. People actually thought that just because he did Star Wars "Hollywood" was actually going to get on board. How naive do you have to be? I knew they weren't going to support this and some critics are already giving the film bad reviews. Let's call it what is "racism."
Most people don't even know African-Americans have fought every war in the history of the United States yet we give films like Pearl Harbor and Flags of Our Fathers recognition.
Brief History Lesson: The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American pilots that fought in World War II. They were the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Corps.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States although they were still subject to Jim Crow laws.
The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. Primarily made up of African-Americans, there were also five Tuskegee Airmen that were of Haitian descent.
The Tuskegee Airmen compiled the following combat records:
- 261 aircraft destroyed
- 148 aircraft damaged
- 15,533 sorties
- 311 missions
- 66 KIA
- 95 Distinguished Flying Crosses awarded
- 450 Pilots sent overseas
One guy that saw the movie and enjoyed it said. "History repeats itself. In 1941, top U.S. military leaders doubted that squadrons of African American Fighter Pilots could ever succeed. In 2011 (70 years later), top studio executives doubted that a film about squadrons of African American Fighter Pilots could ever succeed. In both cases, then & now the results were the same – Bam!! “How you like that Mr. Hitler?!!” How you like that 20th Century Fox?!!"
I hope this movie continues to do well and I really hope I get a chance to see it.