Trey has yet to gain a foothold in college and his major is undeclared. He is recruited by the Sigma Alpha Kap school community. Trey welcomes an invitation to a Brotherhood-organized meeting after previously believing that Brotherhoods are members-only clubs.
After experiencing the brotherhood that Sigma Alpha Cape offers its members, as well as the potential connections it could bring for future career opportunities, Trey decides to join and is warmly welcomed. Trey’s black friends are concerned that he might want to join a brotherhood full of whites pointing out that being black means they have nothing for him. Trey questions her logic and stereotypical prejudices and rejects her judgment with disappointment. Trey later learns that the Brotherhood’s intentions to welcome him into their flock were not without ulterior motives.
Black Fratsman delved into real-life scenarios in racial relationships. In attempting equality, rules and regulations are often established to encourage racial ties that can sometimes backfire, especially when the “rule of law” is carried out separately from the “spirit of the law”.
Ironically, in attempting to force an issue like the coming and inclusion of race into state institutions, this short film cleverly demonstrated the potential for heightening perceptions of inequality. It follows that when human depravity prevails, a subversion of the rules is attempted as a means to an end. This makes the situation worse. Much like our founding fathers knew that a constitution would only help a moral public, so is racial relations – if the moral fabric is not available at all and is not practiced at all, then implemented rules and regulations cannot completely eliminate inequalities. The free choice that leads to the performance of a good and moral act is also always a better circumstance than the performance of a forced act, especially with regard to human relationships and the feeling of being validated on the basis of one’s own individuality.
Nobody wants to feel like a project. It gets worse when it further divides racial relations. Black Fratsman did a great job demonstrating in a believable manner the profound truth of the Unintended Consequences Act. Because of the nature of our society, most of us have become, to some degree, wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing, and we are constantly on guard against them. When we are bitten, it is very difficult to trust again.
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