Thursday, September 4, 2014

Case Study: Always In Season

 Can a virtual world help us heal the legacy of racial violence in America?

For almost a century until the mid-1960s, tens of thousands of ordinary people attended the lynchings of more than 4,000 African Americans in the United States. As a native Southerner and African American woman who grew up in a community her family helped to integrate, director Jacqueline Olive brings a unique insight into the complexities of race that evolved out of the collective silence of her hometown in Mississippi.

Extra-judicial executions of African Americans is nothing new. So when people react so strongly to the all too frequent killing of unarmed African American people, one really shouldn't be surprised. There are still living people who can remember lynching by mobs and even more who remember the wanton murder of Black US citizens that occurred without anyone being brought to justice. Today it seems to many of us that not all that much has changed. Watch this short video if you want to have a better understanding the reactions of many African Americans regarding the killing of their brothers and sisters today.

This movie is part of the collection: Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0

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