As the saying goes, everybody wants to be black, but nobody wants to be black. Although I believe the actual Paul Mooney quote goes something like this: “Everybody wants to be a nigga, but nobody wants to be a nigga.”
Check out a trailer for an upcoming long-in-development documentary directed by Jonathan Ashley, (a Kartemquin Films DVID alum) titled Wigger Please (“Wigger” as in whites who “act black” – or at least, what they perceive “acting black” looks and sounds like. The most basic of definitions). It’s a film that asks, “how do you appreciate a culture beyond a skin deep level?”
A group of white artists & activists share their thoughts, emotions and opinions on the American cultural stereotype of “wiggers”—white youth who “act black”—while illustrating how their lives and consciousness were forever changed by their involvement in hip hop culture.
Some of the talking heads featured in the film include: Bill Adler, Baje One, Baba Israel, Tom Breihan, Kevin Coval, GQ, JQ, Jus Rhyme, Jim Mahfood, Jason Tanz, Erik Weiner, and Tim Wise.
Watch the trailer below: