This past year has been an amazing year in film & television for African Americans as we could see from the beautiful display during the 2014 NAACP Image Awards. It brought so much joy to see my people win for the great contributions they have made in our communities. With more diversity in shows like “Scandal”, “House of Lies”, “The Good Wife.” Break through movies like Lee Daniel’s “The Butler”, “12 years a Slave”, and “Fruitvale Station” has made African Americans a trending topic for sometime now. However, injustices with the Jordan Davis and Marissa Alexander cases, and Zimmerman claiming PTSD after killing Trayvon Martin, one can ask: Have We Really Overcome?
It is Black History month in 2014 and it is still more hatred towards African Americans and a lot us (myself included) are not doing enough to fight. This generation is so spoiled and naïve. Although public discourse on social media has helped the awareness of all the injustice in this country, simply “liking” a status and posting a Instagram will not change the law. I listened to Jordan Davis’s father on the radio this morning and my heart went out to him. His family is doing all they can to retry Michael Dunn and traveling around the country to inform us on the details of the “Stand Your Ground” Law. It is unfortuante that he lost his son, and for that reason alone we should do more to prevent this nonsense from continuing.I am a Florida resident and will be writing my State Capitol in support of revising the “Stand Your Ground” Law.
There is still more work to be done in our everyday lives that can’t be done just by supporting “black” films when they come out or making sure to watch any show with a black person in it to make sure the show stays on air. We have not overcome yet.
“Either the United States will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.”
-W.E.B. Du Bois