Jen and I just got home from watching the star-studded movie The Butler:
The thing I’m struck most about the Civil Rights Movement is how recent it was, yet how my generation and the generations younger than mine have such limited consciousness of the things that went on, and how these things have shaped American culture.
In school, I remember learning about Martin Luther King Jr., the KKK, and Jim Crow “whites” and “colored” sections of restaurants, buses, and drinking fountains. But I never received an education (or don’t remember it) on how blacks were refused educational and job opportunities, and when they did have jobs, were grossly underpaid in comparison to their white co-workers. This is a huge educational oversight as it relates directly to race relations today (only a few decades later), white privileges that still exist, and the general social divide between blacks and whites.
I think of how I know the words to almost every Beatles song, yet I’m only now learning the surface level of how bad things were for black people prior to and during the Civil Right Movement (the same time the Beatles were rocking out), and how we all still need to be intentionally a part of the solution of racial reconciliation, from both sides of the fence, rather than furthering our culturally embedded division.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, just a list of recent movies I’ve seen that I think can help people who grew up in white suburban America, and have been born into the privileges therein, to see that the experiences of our black brothers and sisters’ families were very different than ours. I found all of them to be excellent movies.
HBO’s Something The Lord Made – Set in the 1930’s – 1960’s, chronicles the life of Vivien Thomas, who ends up pioneering heart surgery, even though he was denied education and career advancement due to the color of his black skin.
42 – The life story of Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in Major League Baseball in 1947.
The Help – An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
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