For many, or more likely ALL, of you to understand this, some back story is needed. From 1st to 12th grade (they had Preschool and Kindergarten,too- so long as they were potty trained), I was put in a VERY Afrocentric private school. How, Afro Centric? Well, for starters, the preschool kindergarten had puzzles with people scribbled (or at least crudely colored) over with black permanent markers. Yeah... Let THAT sink in... I didn't meet a single student there that wasn't at least half African American. After going through a Rites of Passage (an important milestone of which, is a trip to Egypt (LOOONG, touchy story- don't ask), which WAS pretty cool), we suddenly found ourselves down 3 holidays- 4th of July ("which celebrated independence of only white people, as African Americans were still was still in its crux", which is technically true, but that didn't make it acceptable), Thanksgiving (Pretty much the same as 4th of July, except for the Native Americans), Dr. King Day (For obvious reasons, we who went on the Egypt trip were required to go to the march and sell popcorn as a fundraiser), and Christmas- YES CHRISTMAS (Again same as the 4th of July- in that in Slavery days, they weren't allowed to celebrate but had to keep working-I've read/heard varying accounts to this, which boiled down to some were allowed to celebrate and rest, if only for that one day, and even get gifts in the form of hand-me-down clothes and shoes, while others were not)!! On those days, we pretty much spent the day doing chores around the place. Our Saturdays were hard to describe, but yeah, they took those, too. and from time to time, our Sundays as well (hours varied on Sundays a LOT). This was my childhood people- from 9 to 18, this was my routine, with some... kinks, and misadventures thrown in, regularly (I was enrolled at 6- stumbled onto the Saturday program on accident when I was 9-that's another story, I started the Rites of Passage, proper, when I was 10, and made the Trip when I was 14- yet another story, but this one is actually funny). I am PRETTY sure that falls somewhere in the Unconstitutional category, not to mention Labor Laws. Because all that time was recorded as "community service" and "volunteer work", I DID get a pretty nice scholarship, and most, if not ALL of my RL friends are, in one way or another, directly related and/or graduated from there, as I did, I will NOT mention the name of said institution.
As you may expect, this was also the case for this videos and movies they showed. Animated, Afrocentric, both (yes they had such things there-Not counting Little Bill or Fat Albert, and the like, though we had those, too) or neither, the main requirement was to have little to no white people involved (which is how I talked them into letting them watch Sonic Sat AM: Robotnik and Snivley). As you may expect, they had a crap ton of anthro cartoons, Veggie Tales (which i still love), Anthro cartoons, and old 70's movies, along with the aforementioned Little Bill, Fat Albert, ect. This brings us to what was my favorite movie out of their self admittedly niche line-up, was "The Wiz", an African American retelling of the Wizard of Oz, with Dianna Ross and the late Micheal Jackson playing Dorothy and the Scarecrow respectively. This was, and is one of my favorite movies of all time- it didn't help that the staff at said school praised it over the original (This is ONE discussion I'd like to stay out of). This being a small, but precious part of my childhood, it took me a LONG time to see it as a "bad" movie, I still have trouble accepting that.
All of this is why I consider this to be a blow to my childhood. I'm still gonna watch it, sure. But I felt I HAD to vent this.