My Selma After Shocks
This past weekend I finally saw Selma, the retelling of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s’ fight to bring equal voting rights to the people of Alabama. I was familiar with the story but I wanted to see this film as a reminder to myself and to be a context provider for what is taking place in the U.S today.
As I’ve gotten older I feel as if my own emotions are getting more sensitive. Images of ignorance, bigotry, hate and violence aren’t new to me but Selma did a masterful job of framing the brutality our people opposed in a manner that forced me to fight tears during a number of scenes. Tears of frustration for what has taken place, tears of anger for what you want to do even if you know that it would be the death of you. Tears at the realization that it’s still taking place today.
More and more I’m thinking about fatherhood. What that would mean not just for me but for the family I one day want have. Viewing Selma helped put so much in greater perspective for me. There is a rage that I believe exists within all Black men. This world in many forms and fashions opposes us and puts us in positions of tension and conflict. I believe that depending on where you live and how you experience things in life its only a matter of time before this rage is tapped into. It’s like Pandora’s box and once it’s been accessed you can’t go back. I’ve supported in media form and in person for social issues of injustice but I feel as if my rage in the past few yrs has been legitimately opened up. I can’t explain why things are done to us still for the color of our skin. I don’t know if I have it in me to hold back any more. This is why I respect the young leaders in our community so much.
Selma is a powerful film. If you haven’t seen it yet I hope you get the opportunity to do so. It will evoke deep emotions and I think the we all need that. It’s a necessary balance and reality check for the world we are dealing with. It hurts but there is still a beauty to be found in our resilience and the belief that we will overcome this….eventually.