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Ian O'Doherty: It's racism, innit #1

Published 26/01/2010 | 05:00

The movie Precious is certainly a first in that it features a fat, illiterate black teenager as the central character.

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And, through the help of others and, more importantly, her own determination, she pulls herself up by her bootstraps and finds redemption.

So, a movie with such a positive message should be welcomed by everyone, right? Wrong. According to the rather ironically named Armond White, the most senior black film critic in America: "Not since Birth Of The Nation has a mainstream movie demeaned the idea of black America as much as Precious. Full of brazenly racist clichés. . . it is a sociological horror show."

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