I Am Not your Negro

I Am Not your Negro

Je Ne Suis Pas Votre Nègre

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Through archival interviews with James Baldwin and other footage, tells the story of racism in the United States in the twentieth century.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) :,sound, colour with black and white sequences ;,12 cm., in container
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
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Feb 08, 2019

I thought this film was very good. Using words from author James Baldwin with archival images made a powerful thought provoking presentation. I am not African American, but enjoy anything historical and especially appreciate a historical presentation with an actual voice from the era. Baldwin covers the deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers (he knew them all personally) and covers race relations from an African American perspective. February is Black history month so a good film to view. It is not some sort of comic-book movie, so it may not be entertaining for some but for others who can consider/appreciate films with a deeper substance will find this DVD fascinating.

Jun 07, 2018

An excellent film. Baldwin's words are more powerful than the images presented. I kept on replacing the words "America" and "Negro" with "Canada" and "Indian" - talk is cheap in North America - Baldwin's observations...some 40 years ago....still ring true today. An important film in an unfortunate time.

Aug 14, 2017

I fell asleep watching this.

Aug 12, 2017

This is an excellent perspective on racism and oppression in America. It feels like we have made progress in this long, difficult, and continuing journey but who am I to judge in my comfortable, not guilty whiteness?

LPL_ShirleyB Aug 10, 2017

Checkout the companion book to grasp much more from this important film.

Jul 24, 2017

When I lived in Philly it was common to hear the word 'ignorant' to describe someone engaged in bad behavior, even very aggressive or offensive behavior. In this way you can maintain the moral high ground & not engage the offender with an angry or vulgar response…& oddly I sensed a parallel with the raging warrior demons of classical Hindu mythology, i.e., they're evil because they just don't know any better. I appreciate the sentiment, but I'm not sure if 'ignorance' aptly describes racism in this country to me anymore. I think what we're seeing instead is a strategic & willful denial, to the point of psychosis...a country time & again more willing to shoot its own d*ck off than to look its non-white populations square in the face & see itself, see that we are literally one another, not in some meaningless abstract sense but in fact at the molecular level, composed of each other’s blood & love & toil. It makes our fates inseparable, & it makes the ‘race problem’ very much a white one, & a critical one to solve. I can’t say I’m optimistic about the long term prospects, either, because we seem to have this crybaby conqueror narrative firmly in place, where you can be running the world & still consider yourself a victim, always under threat of a coup from things like affirmative action & immigrants & religious diversity & unflattering portrayals in the media, & honestly I don’t think I’m going to live to see the white men & women of America magically turn into adults. They just seem to hate themselves too much to ever love anybody else, & this is a terrible shame, because both in the micro- & the macrocosm, love is an engine that creates possibilities. Your nite sucked until somebody you love dropped into it, amen? Love nourishes, & by love & peace humans have always prospered. Despite all the rhetoric, though, I’m no longer convinced that prosperity per se is what all these scared, angry, ‘ignorant’ people really want. CR

Jul 19, 2017

Many of the iconic film footage have already been memorialized many times in films, but added Baldwin's images from private archives and words narrated by Samuel Jackson, director Raoul Peck pieced together this docudrama on the not-pretty black history in America. Many teaching moments for all Americans then and now.

Jul 12, 2017

good movie, disturbing take-away. So little has changed, really, to our great national shame.

Jul 11, 2017

Baldwin is so articulate--one wonders how he could've tolerated the ongoing racism and still be able to care enough to educate without rage. Well worth it. I plan to resee this later.

Jul 09, 2017

Brilliant film. Baldwin is a brilliant man. Very well put together film and so germane still today.

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Jul 19, 2017

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.

Jul 19, 2017

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.

Jul 19, 2017

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.

Jul 19, 2017

“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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