The belief in the social construct of race is not up for debate. Clearly, we have believed in it for hundreds of years, sacrificed the identity of our children to it. Race is a god that takes our will, our ability to self- determine. We are who race says that we are and we will do what race says that we will do. Consequently, it is my task here and through my life’s witness to inspire unbelief. I want to make persons race atheists, race eliminativists.
I do that by deconstructing its nature, by creating doubt, by questioning its social truths, by challenging its authority and position in our lives. Why is race here and here and here?
I want to talk about race until it becomes unspeakable, until we do not include race in conversations about human identity, until the thought, the idea is not just seen but known as absurd. This is why I write and why I examine race in the various mediums wherein it is presented. One such medium is movies and there is one that is in theaters and another that is on the way that might assist you and I in understanding race and why it creates such misunderstanding within ourselves and our communities.
Selma is an interpretation of the leadership of well- known Civil Rights leader and activist the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work of others courageous enough to stand alongside him in order to ensure the right to vote for African Americans. The other movie option will open in theaters on January 30. Black or White is a story of love for one bi- cultural child shared by two cultures, two families who believe that they know what is best for her. I encourage you to watch them both and then entertain the possibility of a race-less life.
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