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:

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:

Now I’m off to watch OJ: Made in America.

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