Marxist update: “Red Tails” retreats from history

Marxist update: “Red Tails” retreats from history.

The movie focuses on the all-Black squadron in their segregated, ramshackle boot camp, with their dilapidated planes, while stationed in an Italian town. After much protest and many demands the airmen are finally given permission to fly in combat with decent planes against the Nazi Germany air force.


Lucas states that “Red Tails” had been a vision of his for some 20 years and took two years to produce. He says he personally undertook financing and distributing the film because Hollywood refused to support a movie celebrating Black war heroes.


This film, however, does not cast too favorable a light on the behavior of some of the main Tuskegee Airmen, nor does it capture the true essence of their struggle within the racist military.


The squad leader, for instance, is depicted as an alcoholic. Another pilot acts as a jokester in camp and while engaged with the German air force during dogfights, performs aerial stunts.


When a racial fight breaks out between an airman and a white pilot in an officer’s club in an Italian town, it abruptly ends when one of the white pilots suddenly recognizes one of the Black men from being in the cockpit of a plane shadowing his plane. The incident somehow magically changes into all the men smiling, hugging each other and enjoying drinks together.


The racism the airmen experience in the military and society in general is too often downplayed. Quite a bit of poetic license and stereotyping are displayed, which contradicts Lucas’ supposed aims.

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