InterNations Real Talk - I Am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck
Please watch the film now on NETFLIX for our discussion.
Let's get together and have a meaningful conversation about this fascinating film of James Baldwin's final, unfinished manuscript, in which the author went about the painful task of remembering his three fallen friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, and crafted an elegantly precise and bracing film essay.
Peck’s film, about the unholy myths, institutionalized practices both legal and illegal, and displaced white terror that have long perpetuated the tragic state of race in America, is anchored by the presence of Baldwin himself in images and words, read beautifully by Samuel L. Jackson in hushed, burning tones.
These are the questions that have been ever more present in the first two decades of the 21st Century.
• Racism – where does it come from?
• What are its consequences in society, past, and future?
• Who wins and who loses with racism?
• Racism, a political tool?
• How to protect future generations from our unconscious racism?
• Affirmative action – inverse racism?
"I am not a ward of America, I am not an object of missionary charity, I am one of the people who built the country. Until this moment, there is scarcely any hope of the American Dream, because people who are denied participation in it, by their very presence....will wreck it!" - James Baldwin
Upon finishing the get-together, we will have shared our perspectives on the challenges and solutions in the fight against racism.
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