LOL @godofwar "blacker than thou"
I agree, some pro-blacks can be just as unenlightened and wrong as so-called Toms or House Negroes.
Personally, alienating your own race simply because they share a different view is irresponsible. We are all free to disagree. Why must someone be a house negro simply because they don't agree with Spike? For the record, there were approx. 900 black soldiers at Iwo Jima, out of 70,000 total, primarily as support personnel (the usual role for blacks at the time). Upon first arriving, many had to join in battle but as the battle waged on, the role diminished.
So should Eastwood have stuck 1 black face per every 77 white ones in the initial battle? Would anyone have even noticed?
Is it an omission, sure. Just not a glaring one. Those men died on the field of battle and deserve to have their legacy upheld. On the other hand, if someone doesn't want to go through the trouble of sticking one black face per 80 white faces, can you really get that worked up about it? Besides, although I haven't seen the movie, I hear it focuses on the events leading up to the flag raising, which no brothers were a part of. I will check the movie out now, however, just to see what got Spike so worked up.
Lastly, if Spike feels so passionate about it, why doesn't he just make a film about it himself? It's not like he doesn't have the resources. That's like a gourmet chef whining about his wife preparing him a lousy dinner.
I would be VERY interested in seeing a film about these men. Not only their contributions but why their legacy was suppressed by the government and their contributions minimalized.
Time to stop complaining that "whitey" won't spoon-feed us our own history and do it ourselves. And if a movie like this does ever come out, please don't cop the bootleg. Support the efforts properly financially so we can see more in the future.