On Friday, Elba casually hosted a live Q&A session on Reddit where he discussed his most notable acting roles, his experiences as a British actor, his favourite animated movies, being a DJ, director, and Arsenal fan, and of course, the future of Luther. The good news, we just may be getting a film version of DCI Luther and the crew.
But the highlight of the conversation would have to be this exchange:
Whitewash explores the African-American experience and race in surfing. It touches on some pertinent issues about how the history of surfing was detached from it’s indigenous Hawaiian origins and largely regarded as having it’s founding or “discovery” with European settlers. It also focuses on the issues of segregation and racism at beaches in California and of how the belief that “black people can’t swim” was passed down from generation to generation.
I’m so glad this documentary exists. There is also great evidence of sea culture in West Africa which after the slave trade forced the people to move inland. Surfing has never been a white-trait.