Has Racial Tension in America Eased Since the Ragtime Era?

The Reel Generation Gap hosts review movie "Ragtime". (NTD)

Welcome back to another episode of The Reel Generation Gap, where hosts B.J. Kang and Fred embark on a cinematic journey across the generational divide! In this week’s episode, they delve into the heart of “Ragtime,” the 1981 film adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s iconic novel.
Join B.J., representing Generation Z, and Fred, our resident Boomer, as they navigate the intricate narratives and themes of pre-World War I New York City. From the intertwining tales of race, class, and identity to the profound impact of historical figures like Coalhouse Walker Jr., portrayed brilliantly by Howard E. Rollins Jr., “Ragtime” paints a vivid portrait of a bygone era.
In this thought-provoking discussion, B.J. and Fred explore the role of pride in shaping the destinies of the film’s characters, reflecting on how their respective generational perspectives color their interpretation of these themes. They also delve into the unresolved racial tensions depicted in the film, pondering the legacies of leaders like MLK Jr. and Malcolm X in addressing these issues.
But that’s not all – the hosts also unpack the narrative complexity of “Ragtime,” dissecting how multiple storylines converge to create a rich tapestry of human experience. From the white family’s unexpected encounter with a black baby to the fiery retribution sought by Coalhouse Walker Jr., every thread weaves together to form a captivating cinematic mosaic.
So grab your popcorn and settle in as B.J. and Fred bridge the generation gap and uncover the timeless truths hidden within the celluloid of “Ragtime.” Don’t miss out on the insightful analysis and lively banter – hit play now and join the conversation!
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