Differences Among Race_ Chris Remy
Talk to Me, a movie by Kasi Lemmons, was an amazing movie for its richness of black context and for its real life assessment of Ralph â€śPeteyâ€? Green. With the introduction of a jail seen to the ending with his death, Petey was and will always be remembered by people, or at the very least, by me. The movie takes place during the time of Civil Rights Movements and the assassiation of Martin Luther King, and this sets the stage for Petey to become a figure in the movement. Most if not all of Peteyâ€™s fame can be attributed to his friend Dewey. If it wasnâ€™t for Dewey, Petey would have never made it on the radio and well would not have even made it to the Carson Show. Blacks radio at the time was something that happened overnight. Something that was not really heard of, but something that society was ready for (Newman 118). Dewey worked for the largest radio station in the area and was given the task of changing the ratings. This was much done when he brought the contriversal Petey Green in as the new Disc Jokey. Even though it was hard to do, Dewey could see his brother in Petey and that meant the highest calibur. He went above and beyond to get him in the highest spot ever, while Petey just had to show up, alone and not drink!
The relationship between Petey and Dewey was something that said a lot about black context . For one, even though Dewey grew up in the projects, his awareness of the Carson Show made him pursue power. He drove to look, dress and be just like the show. His dream was to make it to the show and he used Petey as his vehicle. Petey was so different than Dewey and when the finally made it to the Carson show, the difference emerged. Differences can make or break a relationship and in this case they broke it. Petey didnâ€™t want to sell out himself to America as someone on color television, something rare among the black people (Newman 118). He flat out told America this and than walked off stage, to make Dewey ever so mad. This goes to show you that people are different and they cannot always walk into what they are told to do. Petey and Dewey knew they share something in common, this being the love for each other. Love seems to take this relationship back each other and its there that they can share a similarity. Even though Dewey never admitted to Petey face to face, at his funeral he tells him that he loved him like a brother.