I Am Not your Negro
Je Ne Suis Pas Votre NègreDVD
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Surprised that only two quotes residing in IMDb now. Here are a few more among dozens of eloquent words from the author (warning, some n-words):
The truth is, That this country does not know what to do with its black population, dreaming of anything like the final solution.
The Negro has never been as docile as white Americans want him to be. That was a myth. We were not singing and dancing down on the levee. We were trying to keep alive. We were trying to survive a very brutal system. He's never been happy in this place. One of the most terrible things, is that in fact, whether I like it or not, I am an American. My school really was the streets of New York City. My frame of reference was George Washington and John Wayne. But, you know, I was a child, and the child who eyes in the world, he has to use what he sees, there's nothing up to you, and you are formed by what you see and the choices you have to make and the way you discover what it means to be black in New York.
In America, I was free only in battle. Never free to rest.
They needed us to pick the cotton. And now they don't need us anymore. Now they don't need us, they're going to kill us all off. There are days when you wonder what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. I can't be a pessimist because I'm alive.
I was in some way in those years without entirely realizing it, the great black hope of the great white father. I was not a racist...or so I thought.
Most of the white Americans I've ever encountered, really, you know, had a Negro friend or Negro maid or somebody in high school, but they never, rarely, after school was over or whatever, you know, came to my kitchen. You know, we were segregated from the schoolhouse door. Therefore, he doesn't know, he really does not know what it was like for me to leave my house -- leave the school and go back to Harlem. Doesn't know how Negroes live. It comes as a great surprise to the Kennedy brothers and everybody else in the country. I'm certain again, you know, that like -- again like most of white Americans I have encountered, they have no -- they truly have nothing against Negroes, that's really not the question. The question is really a kind of apathy and ignorance which is the price to be paid for segregation. That's what segregation means. That you don't know what's happening on the other side of the world because you don't want to know.
“The future of the Negro in this country is precisely as bright or as dark as the future of the country — it is entirely up to the American people whether or not they are going to try and find out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a nigger in the first place, because I’m not a nigger, I’m a man, but if you think I’m a nigger, it means you need it. Then you’ve got to find out why. And the future of the country depends on that.”
Most of the white Americans I've ever encountered, truly have nothing against Negroes. That's really not the question. The question is really a kind of apathy and ignorance. You don't know what's happening on the other side of the world because you don't want to know.
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