Before the Avengers movies, Hotel Rwanda, and Oceans Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen, Don Cheadle was a cast member in the short-lived Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace. And decades before Black Lives Matter and the police killings of Michael Brown, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd (among others), Bill Clinton-era America had a “national conversation on race.” Racism wasn’t solved in the 1990s, obviously, but in one marker of how far we’ve come (and haven’t), freelance journalist Seb Starcevic dug up this Golden Palace clip from 1992.

The plot of The Golden Palace involves three of the four Golden Girls (Bea Arthur moved on) investing in a hotel with only two remaining staff members, manager Roland Wilson (Cheadle) and a chef played by Cheech Marin. In this scene, Cheadle tries to explain to Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) why the Confederate flag is bad. Starcevic guides us through the rest.

I’ve spent the past few months binge-watching The Golden Girls and its ill-fated spin-off, The Golden Palace. Tonight I got to the episode where Don Cheadle’s character confronts Blanche about her nostalgic worship of the Confederate flag. This scene feels especially relevant:

— Seb Starcevic (@SebStarcevic) June 30, 2020

Part Two:

“The legacy of that flag is alive every time I’m walking down the street with a group of my friends and I see a white person cross over to the other side because they’re afraid… So please don’t tell me about that flag, I’ve battled that flag all my life.”

— Seb Starcevic (@SebStarcevic) June 30, 2020

Part Three:

“The whole world is messed up right now, and I would like to see that get better, but in order for that to happen white people are …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


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