Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Here is a post from Falcon (hat tip to Falcon) at Hang Right Politics. Falcon and I don't agree politically on a lot of issues, but we do agree the true facts of American Patriotism during 911 should be told. Read more about Jason Thomas of Columbus Ohio and the World Trade Center film.

Source: Hang Right Politics


From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

‘WTC’ casting error draws flak from African-Americans
Wednesday, August 16, 2006

By L.A. Johnson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A hero of another color in Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center” has some people again balking at the whitewashing of a black character in a Hollywood film. This time it’s the character of Marine Sgt. Thomas, one of two former Marines who help rescue New York Port Authority Officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin from beneath 20 feet of twisted metal, broken concrete and sparking debris in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

In the film, white actor William Mapother — who’s Tom Cruise’s cousin and who played Ethan Rom in the first season of “Lost” and Quecreek miner John “Flathead” Phillippi in ABC’s “The Pennsylvania Miners’ Story” — plays Sgt. Thomas.

Last week, the real Sgt. Thomas — a black, former Marine named Jason Thomas of Columbus, Ohio — came forward and told his story.

“Someone needed help. It didn’t matter who,” Thomas told the Associated Press. “I didn’t even have a plan. But I have all this training as a Marine, and all I could think was, ‘My city is in need.’ ”

So, instead of heading to class at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York that fateful morning, he headed toward the devastation. At ground zero, he ran into another ex-Marine and Connecticut accountant, Staff Sgt. David Karnes, and the two decided to search for survivors. Eventually they found Jimeno and McLoughlin.

Karnes, who couldn’t reach Manhattan’s 911 from his cell phone at ground zero, called his sister in Munhall, Joy Karnes. She helped relay information to New York emergency services that helped them pinpoint the trapped men’s location.

This is so disappointing to me because I’ve heard World Trade Center is a fantastic film. I’ve also heard the Marine Sgt. Thomas character has some of the best lines in the movie like, “You are our mission” and “They’re gonna need some good men to avenge this.” As pointed out in the article,

Black men so rarely are portrayed or presented as heroes in popular culture and the media that when the opportunity to do so arises, they should be.

I still plan to see the movie but this is a real missed opportunity by the filmmakers to show that patriotism and courage come in all colors.


At 8/23/2006 09:36:00 AM, Blogger Steve Falcon said...

Thanks for the mention, AAPP. :) I really appreciate it.

I guess there are some issues we can agree on. What Hollywood did here was flat wrong.


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