Went with Diane to see "I Am Not Your Negro" at the Showroom in Asbury Park last night. This brilliant documentary uses the words of James Baldwin and many visual images, from American films, from the news, from visibly and visible painful moments in our recent history (the murders of Malcolm X, King, Evers, including their open caskets) to inform us (whites ) or remind us (blacks) of the two very separate worlds of whites and non-whites in America. To paraphrase Baldwin: "We look at you but you do not look at us. We know you but you do not know us." A very troublesome remark about the dangerous reality we live. After the film, over a few drinks, I said to Diane: "What are we going to do about this?" It was not either a rhetorical question or one of resignation.
UPON VIEWING "I aM NOT YOUR NEGRO"
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