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Friday Question: Do African Americans care about what is going on in Africa?

In light of the famine, civil war, genocide, food shortages, and civil/political instability on the mother continent I raise this question”

Do African Americans care about what is going on in Africa? If you feel that the answer is yes, please note how we show that we care.

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How Movies Get Black History All Wrong

From: Can movies teach us about African-American history?
By Bruce Dancis – The Sacramento Bee

Can movies or television really teach us anything useful about African-American history?

Certainly, the legacy of such famous films as “The Birth of a Nation” (1915) and “Gone With the Wind” (1939) was to give the public a distorted view of slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction while offering portrayals of African Americans that were either virulently hateful or condescending.

And because of such films, says Patricia Turner, professor of African-American studies at University of California, Davis, “a lot of the public thinks that the plantation was the dominant entity on which slaves lived during the era of slavery.”

In fact, Turner says, “very, very few slaves lived on plantations. Most slaves lived in units that had 10 or fewer slaves on them. Very few black women were domestic servants; you had to be extraordinarily wealthy to take a woman out of the fields and to have female household servants as we see in ‘Gone With the Wind,’ ‘North and South’ and the other great plantation epics.

“They don’t match the way that slavery unfolded for blacks.”

Even a more recent film like “Glory” (1989), which is far better intentioned in its depiction of African Americans, “is pretty inaccurate historically,” Turner says. “The [Civil War] movie ends up being about the colonel, the white man, rather than about the African-American soldiers.

“The movie gives you the impression that the soldiers were largely from the South and were illiterate, and they weren’t. They were free blacks from the North and were fairly well educated for the most part.”

So, the answer to the question: Can movies or television teach us anything useful about African-American history?

It’s a qualified yes. Continue reading

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Watch this: Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War

I was just browsing online and I found this video, Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War. It’s a trailer for the documentary filmed by the History Channel. It really made me think about how the violence of the reconstruction era is not really discussed in detail. I don’t remember a lot of time being spent on in at HU. It’s just kind of a given that the times were horrible for black people…lynchings, sharecropping, jim crow, southern chain gangs, KKK…etc. It was a very very violent era where black people’s civil rights and their right to live in peace was just as compromised as it was during slavery. Although slavery was legally over…the mindsets and practices of controlling Negroes were in FULL EFFECT!!!

I’m definately trying to Buy this video…it’s for sale on AMAZON.com.  Plot Synopsis: Despite common belief, the Civil War does not end in 1865, and the blood of many Americans, mostly blacks, continues to flow freely. It is a period known as “Reconstruction,” a time many consider to be the darkest in American History. America is supposed to be reuniting, healing its wounds, and moving past civil discord. But by examining what is really going on in the post-Civil War South, one can see snapshots of a larger, more menacing picture, a picture shadowed by murder, terrorism, and chaos as “free” black men and women remain enslaved by a South that does not completely surrender. Insurgencies led by disgruntled ex-Confederate soldiers rip through nearly every southern state. America’s first terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan is formed in Tennessee and uses scare tactics and murder to keep blacks down.

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