I attended a screening of American Denial. Although we were unable to complete the film because of DVD issues and a computer that suddenly needed 30 updates before it would operate, what I did get to see raised questions that I couldn’t answer. I want to share what I need to ask.
Are you looking at the evils granted by the color of your birth, as an oppressive blind man?
Are you buying your humanity, your right to exist, with the color of your education?
Are you willing to deny your blood, to embrace the hangman’s rope, in the name of love?
If you deny the demands of your father’s beliefs, are you also murdering the heart of the mother’s whom weep?
Did racism have to become, as opposed to the 1950’s and 60’s when it was “okay” to throw coke bottles at a little girl walking to the store with some change she’d saved jingling in her pocket, ironically, an underground railroad of hatred?
Does racism use the same tools of oppression as misogyny does or are they different? How are they similar?
When is impatience for things to change given over to frustrated tolerance that bubbles lava-like under the surface of civility? How long do we have to be patient before things actually change? What needs to happen before real change takes place? Isn’t 60 years long enough to think people would grow up already and see each other as humans? Or is it 160? 260? 560? How long is enough before it’s too much?