SFA students upset with Boyz n the Hood film choice for Black History Month

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It's not uncommon for college students to feel passionately about a film, but a film choice at Monday night's Student Activities Association's cinema at Stephen F. Austin University has some students slightly upset.

The SAA chose to run the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood as the second installment of movies to represent Black History Month. The movie focuses on a group of young black males growing up in a rough neighborhood in California as they battle crime and violence in their everyday lives.

"We're so dominant here and prominent here on campus that it really is a disgrace for a movie like this to be played and not highlighting African American history and black history month," Shalainna Obunbiyi, a senior, said.

Obunbiyi says that a lot of students were planning on boycotting or protesting at the movie, and senior Ja'Leah Davis says she doesn't understand what the big deal is.

"I feel that we are trying to sugarcoat everything like me being African American. I know that there were some rough times. I feel like Boyz n the Hood is showing how they better themselves. Yes, he went to college in the end, but at the end of the day, it showed all he went through before he went to college," Davis said.

Dr. Osaro Airen, the director of multicultural affairs at SFA, says the film is groundbreaking and if more students took the time to research its background they would realize the film represents a great triumph for black history film.

By the time show time arrived, there weren't many students at the theater, but Airen says the dialogue has created a discussion for many students to think about for the remainder of the month.

"I think its great when students actually take the time to say 'OK, I'm for or against something. Let's sit down and have a dialogue'  and I think that's the most important thing," Airen said.

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