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Re: Marianne Pearl

Hi Nina:

Thanks for the article regarding the controversy about the film based on Marianne Pearl's life. I read the brief report and was puzzled about the reactions of some black Americans.

It seems as if the press looking for another "Branjolie" angle, uses the tragic and horrific death of Marianne's husband to sell newspapers. Hyping the African American outcry while knowing full well that it will make Blacks look foolish, the press charges on.

The article reminds us that we are very American in our thinking. The world revolves around us. Once again, it highlights the need for African Americans to realize that the people of the African Diaspora include many nationalities around the globe. It is not and has never been Just About America. We certainly know from the pages of Afrigeneas that the majority of enslaved Africans in the New World went to Brazil. We also know that the smallest number Africans were shipped to North America. (5-6 %)

So why do Black Americans insist on labeling all people of the Diaspora as culturally and ethnically African American? Surely we know from our travels that cultural differences exist between global people of African descent, as they do between various nations in Africa.

Marianne Pearl certainly doesn't deny her African heritage. (See her profile at the link below) We must remember that Marianne Pearl was born and raised in France. She is not American, nor were her parents. In her book she writes about the racism she experienced as a child. Itís a tragic irony that her husbandís murder and her terrible loss was the result of racism and intolerance from a brown Third World. She must have been inconsolable when she learned of her husband's brutal murder by Islamic extremists.

Marianne Pearl is a noted international journalist. She is also very capable of deciding whether to support or condemn the choice of who will play her in the film.

Directly below is Marianne Pearl's interview on American Public Radio's "Speaking of Faith"

As for the controversy:

Perhaps if BET focused more on African American history and cultural programming and less on degrading rap/hip hop videos, they might have a more informed audience.

Marianne Pearl's loss, her faith and her "spirit of defiance" will overshadow a hollow controversy trivialized in meaningless headlines.

Nina, thanks again for your posting and inspiration to find out more about Marianne Pearl.

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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