Looks like Hollywood's White Savior industry is branching out.
The Blind Side reminds me of Dedicated Teacher movies, especially the ones that depict a goodhearted white teacher wading into some urban decay and becoming an even better person. This happens when the white person convinces some dark kids that there's a whole world of opportunity just waiting for them out there, if they'd only realize that they're not really condemned to life in the ghetto. (For me, the classic of that white genre is the Michelle Pfeiffer vehicle Dangerous Minds.)
Here's a description of The Blind Side that appears at imdb.com, a description that I assume was supplied by the studio that made this movie. Notice the submerged racial assumptions at work here:
A disadvantaged teenager is taken in by a conservative family who see tremendous promise in the young man. Despite certain obstacles, the attention and inspiration he receives helps him mature into an athletically and academically successful NFL prospect.
Hollywood usually panders to its targeted audiences by regurgitating money-making characters and situations. If some of these are racist, well, what the hell, they still make money, eh?
Or so the thinking seems to go. Or, maybe these moviemakers really don't realize that so many of their products are racist?
This is the kind of movie that brings tears to a lot of white eyes. But what do those tears really mean? What is it, really, that brings them on?
Does this movie look appealing to you?
h/t: swpd reader KM