In this day and age where the idea of equality more than the reality of it, runs rampant in our minds, we sometimes forget equality is a journey, something that we should continually work towards. When we think of equality, racism, and discrimination, we revert to thinking of the past, thinking it does not exist anymore. The truth is it doesn’t just exist in the past, there are still people who look at me today as if I lack something, that I am somehow inferior in some way. Not just white America, but people of different backgrounds and ethnic groups experience racism and dish it out too. This notion of inferiority is a deeply rooted issue in our nation, in our world and in our actions every day. Racism is a taboo subject that some individuals believe is a thing of the past, but with some of these controversial issues coming to light, we are remembering it is not. With increasing public incidents of violence between whites and blacks flashing across our television screens, it is hard to not think of the covert racism that is still occurring. Not just as an African-American, but for any race on the losing side of that battle.
I find the beauty though in the ways that some of our young people have tried to fight this battle and shed light on our nation’s issues. “Color Blind”, which is directed by Ron Downes Jr., hones in on modern day racism through a youthful relationship of two guys. The teaser does a good job emphasizing the racial tension that incidents such as the death of Michael Brown introduce into our own relationships. In the teaser you get to see a glimpse into an interracial relationship between two men in today’s society and how our society’s issues become theirs as well. Starring Lionel Macauley and Thomas Schmitt, both actors have the ability of pulling you in, making your skin crawl as you can’t help but think about your own relationships like theirs. Some moments I feel for one, while others I cannot help but feel for the other friend, making the entire teaser easy to relate to.
Ending the teaser with police enforcement placing themselves directly in the middle of this friendship, i felt fear overcome me because I had already began connecting with the actors on the screen. Showing a police car’s lights flashing at the end, was a great touch, forcing you to reexamine some of the incidents with police that have caused tension in our society. Overall, the teaser does what it is supposed to do, draws you in so much, that the only thing you want is to see more. I am eager to see what is to come from these actors as their relationship plays out in front of the camera. And be sure to look out for the full short film coming Summer 2015.