the more we become educated the harder it is to be a dumbass

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but some are trying super hard 

last night i watched the 1947 Academy Award winning movie “Gentlemen’s Agreement”.

the title comes from an unspoken rule in some communities in the Eastern part of the USA

back in the day

where one homeowner promised his other homeowners that if he ever sold his house

he wouldn’t sell it to a Jew.

this film was made not long after Americans went to war to defeat the Nazis

and yet returned home to a nation that wasn’t killing our Hebrew friends,

but they were still discriminating against them in various ways including

having places like country clubs and fine hotels being Restricted

meaning Jews were not welcome.

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what’s interesting is if Jews weren’t allowed, then for sure Blacks weren’t accepted either

other than to clean up, shine shoes, and dance, of course

even though nearly 100 years before WWII, Abe Lincoln freed the slaves

because every man was  “equal” to every other man.

on paper.

etc.

which is to say nothing of women.

who to this day, are still not equal to men, in several ways.

too many to list here.

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what fascinates me about all of this is when i drive new Americans around LA

they tell me that they love the USA so much.

Saudis, Kuwaitis, Germans, Jamaicans, Swedes, Chinese…

they all tell me that this place is really the country it’s advertised as being

it’s free.

you can do what you want.

you can be who you want.

you can smoke, drink, have sex, have dreams, be alive

you can spread your wings without fear of having them cut off.

and of course, everything is a matter of perspective.

and i wonder when that honeymoon period will wear off

and they realize that this beautiful country is

sometimes

just as backwards as where they fled from.

and in some ways, worse, because we should know better.

and we have seen firsthand that when you treat people different than you

like family

the results are usually wonderful.

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most fascinating thing about Gentlemen’s Agreement?

it was greenlit by 20th Century Pictures head honcho Darryl Zanuck who was not allowed to join a prominent Los Angeles country club

because he was Jewish.

Hollywood, at that time, was run by Jews, it was believed by some.

and indeed, many of the studio heads at that time were Jewish.

but the irony was Zanuck was Protestant.

when he saw this discrimination first hand, he was inspired to make this movie.

The film was nominated for 8 Oscars, it won three: Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actress

Zanuck himself accepted the Oscar for Best Picture.