James Baldwin would have turned 93 years old today. To celebrate, we’re sharing some of the VOX teens’ reviews of his documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”
This movie is a direct response to white people asking us, “Why can’t you get over it? Why are you still mad?” The film replies quite beautifully, “Because it hasn’t ended.”
At an advance screening of “I Am Not Your Negro,” I thought deeply about the broken record of oppression that has a hold over black life in America. Racism is not over. James Baldwin knew it, modern black people know it and it is likely that those after us will know it.
“It’s a great shock to realize you’re black” in America. And me being raised in white suburbia, that line is all too true.