I Am Not Your Negro: run out and see it
“After seeing this film, nobody can be innocent.” — Raoul Peck
“Baldwin could not have known about Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, about the presidency of Barack Obama and the recrudescence of white nationalism in its wake, but in a sense he explained it all in advance. He understood the deep, contradictory patterns of our history, and articulated, with a passion and clarity that few others have matched, the psychological dimensions of racial conflict: the suppression of black humanity under slavery and Jim Crow and the insistence on it in African-American politics and art; the dialectic of guilt and rage, forgiveness and denial that distorts relations between black and white citizens in the North as well as the South; the lengths that white people will go to wash themselves clean of their complicity in oppression.”
This paragraph is from A. O. Scott’s excellent review in the New York Times:
Baldwin could not have known about Ferguson and Black Lives Matter, about the presidency of Barack Obama and the…www.nytimes.com
Peck on his movie: “It’s saying if you don’t fix your problem that you have — not me as a black person — my presence will wrack your dreams.” It’s a film that must be seen. Its urgency cannot be exaggerated.
Some more reviews and interviews with Raoul Peck:
One takeaway from Raoul Peck’s incredible new Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, about the late, great…www.vogue.com
James Baldwin got to the root of America’s persistent, racially tense sociopolitical climate nearly 55 years ago. In an…www.latimes.com
Now I’m off to watch OJ: Made in America.