It projects the image of the black South as "the other world," the antithesis of white civilization
Posted by Chinua Achebe on April 25, 2018, 5:24 pm, in reply to "Is it trendy to dislike "Driving Miss Daisy"?"
a place where man's vaunted intelligence and refinement are finally mocked by triumphant beastiality. The black South as setting and backdrop which eliminates the black man as human factor. The black south as a metaphysical battlefield devoid of all recognizable humanity, into which the wandering rich Jewish lady enters at her peril. Can nobody see the preposterous and perverse arrogance in thus reducing black America to the role of props for the break-up of one petty white mind? But that is not even the point. The real question is the dehumanization of POCs which this age-long attitude has fostered and continues to foster in the world. And the question is whether a movie which celebrates this dehumanization, which depersonalizes a portion of the human race, can be called a great work of art. My answer is: No, it cannot.