"Why wasn't Death Wish seen as "whitesploitation"? How come only the films for African-Americans were singled out as being sexist and violent?"These films weren't, as a general rule, portraying African Americans in a negative light. Take for instance, Willie Dynamite. He's a drug user and a pimp - but he finds a way out and reforms his life. These critics screaming "racism" were focused on the drug using and pimping, when there's a very positive message that goes completely under their radar.
Plus, who's to say they these movies had to be brimming with positive African American role models? This attitude stifles creativity and makes their characters one dimensional and predictable. I mean, admit it, the bad guys are always more interesting, anyway.
Morgan Freeman as a wise judge, a wise president, a wise deity, etc., etc., blah, bla-blah. Enough already! I want to see him in his next movie poppin' caps and laying women like there's no tomorrow! Freeman as the Godfather of Harlem, Black Caesar - now we're talkin'!