Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

Director: Raoul Peck. Narrator: Samuel L. Jackson. 95 min. Rated R. France/USA. Documentary.

If just two years ago I was shown a documentary about a Black scholar debating that "America is not real", I would've brushed it off as reverse racism - a Black conspiracy targeting Whites. But now, after watching first-hand how half the Americans were 'okay' with a blatant racist as their President, I believe it. The tale of James Baldwin, whose three activist friends (Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers and Malcolm X) were assassinated, is similar to 13th: arguing that racism in America never got better; it just changed form. This film isn't just relevant today. It is today.

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