nice white lady: Saving the World One Ghetto School At A Time


Contrary to what the title says, this page is not just a resource for nice white lady movie trailers. When I was writing all inner city kids need is a nice white lady, my research about the most recent releases from that genre led me to a number of other blogs written by like minded people who wanted to know, where were the movies about the inspiring black teachers, or the people in e community who stayed and worked for change, or the people who left and returned to give back. I jotted down a few examples from those blogs, and added a few of my own… and realized, there were a lot more of the latter genre than I’d originally thought.

They just weren’t hyped up until I was ready to throw my TV out the window.

That said, this list contains a number of movies where an at risk (minority) child or class or school have their lives changed by the influence and faith of someone not of their race nor is this person from their community. There are several of the “we take care of our own” genre, a couple black saves white, and even one where a white male teacher profoundly impacts the life of a white student… and his white alcoholic mother (all the dysfunction you can stand, and TP had nothing to do with it). It also contains a number of movies where I felt the relationships had an interesting dynamic that didn’t quite play out in the standard, “let me save you from yourself’ script. It may be that the protagonist in the movie is a white man… or perhaps the whie character undergoes a deeper transformation than we usually see. That’s not to say that none of these movies have stereotypes or racist undertones… the first Bring It On film has a budding nice white lady, an emerging self empowered black woman, and a number of angry black woman/easy white girl stereotypes (among others)… but the family films and teen dramas listed are really good opportunities to initiate dialogue about how people of different races, ethnicities, and cultures are represented.

The teachable moments are also profound in the movies based on or inspired by real people, and events. How the movie parts from reality says a lot about how “post racial” our society is. In most of these movies,  the white rescuer in the movie is frequently credited with being the sole driving force that changes the life and circumstances of the marginalized minority, and either ignores or glosses over what the rescuee  is doing or has already done to become such an incredible person that they inspired a story.

And isn’t that what these movies are supposed to be about?

I tried to group the movies before my eyes started burning… and I may get back to that, but I might now, so here’s the legend: Most of the nice white lady/white saviour movies are up top, but there are a few that I thought of later that I missed when I went through the codes. This list is a work in progress, and I welcome suggestions!

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  1. Eiball
    February 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    How does Pay It Forward fit into this category of movie?

    • February 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

      Because of this disclaimer 🙂

      and even one where a white male teacher profoundly impacts the life of a white student… and his white alcoholic mother (all the dysfunction you can stand, and TP had nothing to do with it). It also contains a number of movies where I felt the relationships had an interesting dynamic that didn’t quite play out in the standard, “let me save you from yourself’ script.

      • Eiball
        February 4, 2010 at 8:21 AM

        That’s not really what the movie is about though. It is about the kid, and him figuring out if he can really shape his own world, no matter how fucked up it is. The gripe is a legitimate one but I think you are travelling too far from the point. And also this page is a mofo to load. You might consider changing these to links.

  1. November 13, 2009 at 8:55 AM

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