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James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness | Truthdig

Black writer James Baldwin’s unfinished book has been made into a film entitled, I Am Not Your Negro. Chris Hedges gives us a moving and historically informed review of the new documentary, in which Baldwin’s words reign prophetic in light of today’s boldly ascending white supremacy movement…


James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness | Truthdig

“Raoul Peck’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen—I would have stayed in the theater in New York to see the film again if the next showing had not been sold out. The newly released film powerfully illustrates, through James Baldwin’s prophetic work, that the insanity now gripping the United States is an inevitable consequence of white Americans’ steadfast failure to confront where they came from, who they are and the lies and myths they use to mask past and present crimes. Baldwin’s only equal as a 20th century essayist is George Orwell. If you have not read Baldwin you probably do not fully understand America. Especially now… ~ Chris Hedges

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“In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished – a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. He draws upon James Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.” ~ Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

 

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JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

20 Comments

  1. busyk

    I was deeply moved by the film. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Busy K. It makes me even more eager to see this Baldwin doc.

  2. TheChattyIntrovert

    Oh man, I hadn’t heard of this one, and I’d love to see it. Wow. Thanks for letting me know about it, because I have a crazy respect for James Baldwin and some of the articles and such he wrote. He’s to the point, matter of fact, and a helluva enlightening figure.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      My utter pleasure, Chatty! I can hardly wait to see this documentary. <3

  3. Robert A. Vella

    “… the insanity now gripping the United States…”

    True.

  4. Rosaliene Bacchus

    I look forward to watching the documentary.

  5. swo8

    They were talking about this man and his movie on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) radio this morning. It was really enlightening.
    Leslie

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I bet. It sounds like he did a great job on this Baldwin documentary.

      • swo8

        You could probably listen to it, JoAnn. It was on a program called Q on radio one. “Raoul Peck brings James Baldwin’s powerful gaze to the big screen”. It was well worth listening to.
        Leslie

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Thanks, Leslie – I’ll look for it online!

      • swo8

        I was able to access it that way, I’m pretty sure you will be able to also.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        I copied your text, Leslie, and found it right away – thanks! An inside view into the writer/producer’s mind. I look forward to seeing this documentary.

        While I was there, I bookmarked CBC Radio Q. Does “Q” stand for Quebec?

      • swo8

        No I don’t think it stands for Quebec. It has a lot to do with music. It was the program that Jian Ghomeshi was noted for. You might want to Google him. It’s quite the story.
        Leslie

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Thanks. Will do.

      • swo8

        There was a very controversial, sexual assault, court case with Jian. The country was riveted to see what would happen. He got off.
        Leslie

      • swo8

        It had the whole country riveted. We are doing a big reassessment of sexual assault.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        That being the case, what was the general take on Milo Yiannopoulos’ remarks on child abuse?

      • swo8

        Sorry, I missed that.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        No big loss. 🙂

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