i am not your negro- movie analysis

Today I went to see my first movie by myself. I’ve gone tons of places alone, but never to the movies. I knew nothing about the movie, but the title intrigued me. I loved it. It was about James Baldwin, an African-American poet (and author). Baldwin had written, argued and explained the issues that plagued the black community during the sixties. The movie was based off of his unfinished book “Remember This House” The movie examined the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, in order to explain black issues. It had clips from movies, police brutality videos, and literally everything in between. I cannot describe this movie in words, because there are no words to describe it besides powerful. I particularly liked one part of the movie. It was a clip of Baldwin explaining why he generalizes white people. I wish I remembered the exact words because his response was perfect. Basically he said that he does not know the feelings of individual white Americans, but he knows the institution they have created. A few times recently, I have been told that I generalize white America and that by doing so I might “offend” people, and quite frankly I was told that I offend her, that I make people uncomfortable and that I need to watch what I say so that I don’t offend people. It is not my goal to do this. It is simply that I cannot personalize the actions that have been done. In my mind, personalizing it is justifying it. I just try to discuss things so that hopefully, one day change will come. My goal is that I will inspire thought, which will lead to action. All in all, I definitely suggest seeing the movie, because it was amazing.

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day- 2015

This had to be one of the best MLK days I’ve had in a while. I went to one of the presentations/ celebrations about Dr. King Jr. at Henry Ford Hospital. It was beautiful. This really got me thinking about equality and the social issues that we have in America. It is all of our responsibility to fight the daily injustices, peacefully so that everything is able to change. The change will come if there are proper actions behind it. The desire for change has to be there, along with the ability to carry out the desires. I think that the system has to change, but it can only change by leading the system ¬†differently. You cannot control another person, so you have to be the change you wish to see in the world. You have to be peaceful yet forceful. Start the change. It’s inevitable because we cannot go on living the same way. All lives matter. Everyone on this earth matters and deserves to be treated like they do. The golden rule is to treat others the way you would like to be treated. This will allow for change to start, even though it seems small being respectful is a big part of getting change started. The change is coming. I’m excited to see where it leads us. And remember, the only way to change the system is to be the system.