Can I just say that one of my very favorite parts of Winter Soldier was Nick Fury cocking an eyebrow at the police officers side-eyeing his expensive vehicle and sneering, “You wanna see my lease?”
Because the idea of Nick Motherfucking Fury having to deal with shit as disgusting and petty as racial profiling is sort of painfully realistic and heartbreaking. He’s hugely, massively powerful, and he’s sitting in his bulletproof car pondering decisions of worldwide import, but also he gets pulled over sometimes and asked for his registration because the police assume he stole it.
Ack. I was just so pleased that they included that line.
yeah the import of that really struck me the second time I watched the movie.
The driving while black bit was one of my favorite parts.
Yeah, this really struck me the second time when I wasn’t just sitting there terrified his car would blow up at any moment. It really makes you think of all the shit he had to go through to get where he is today and still the police give him the side eye when he drives up in an expensive car. Also, obviously we find out later they’re HYDRA agents but the car chase scene is literally a bunch of white guys in police uniforms shooting at a single black man and it’s an image we’ve seen a million times (on the news, in the movies, even on Agents of Shield with Mike Peterson) only this time the police are the bad guys and we’re rooting for Nick. I just thought, especially in the context of scene preceding it where it’s made clear that Nick’s had to deal with racism and profiling that it was a interesting choice to make HYDRA the police.
That was ABSOLUTELY my favorite part of that whole scene. I often wonder how many times Nick has been mistaken for the thug, the hired muscle. I wonder how many times people have assumed that Coulson (the white man in the nice suit) was the one in charge. I wonder if part of the reason Maria Hill is his second in command is because people don’t know whether they trust a black man or a white woman more to lead them.
I love the fact that they acknowledge that racism exists and that even Nick motherfucking Fury has to deal with the bullshit that we white people spew every day. This was such a great movie for all the right reasons.