Who We Are

When a dear and trusted friend who has been super cautious regarding COVID said that she would risk dying to see this film, I decided that I had to see it as well.

Who We Are movie poster with Black man looking at American flag

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in Americais a documentary written and told by Jeffrey Robinson and directed by Emily and Sarah Kunstler.

Without hyperbole, Robinson makes the case that since Africans were brought to the shores of the Americas, there have been conscious and deliberate efforts to keep people with black skin enslaved in one way or another.

The film uses a graphic to show what continues to occur. A small ball climbs slowly up one side of a curve and when it reaches the very top of the curve, instead of continuing to move forward, it slides back down the curve to where it began. Though I don’t know much about physics, I think that the climb up to the top of the curve was slow and hard, but the descent, with the force of gravity, was swift and strong.

Though disappointed that more people didn’t choose to see this documentary with the word “racism” in the title, I was glad that I was the only person in the theater, alone with my feelings. I left the theater thinking that the nature and culture of our country is the same old song. Some of the lyrics are re-arranged, but the chorus stays the same.

3 responses to “Who We Are

  1. I did not know about this film. I will try to find it.

  2. Caryn McTighe Musil

    Let’s hope that the recommendation of the reviewer in the link comes true and this film becomes required for every school child, and I would American: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/who-we-are-a-chronicle-of-racism-in-america-2022. My theater was sparsely populated but my hope is that when this documentary is screened it will reach the hearts, minds, and souls of all who view it.

  3. Caryn McTighe Musil

    (Error free comment this time) Let’s hope that the recommendation of the reviewer in the link below comes true and this film becomes required viewing for every school child, and I would argue, every American: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/who-we-are-a-chronicle-of-racism-in-america-2022. My theater was also sparsely populated: perhaps a dozen or more, but my hope is that when Who We Are is available through streaming, which is likely to be the case later in the spring, that it will reach the hearts, minds, and souls of thousands more people. Time to finally push that ball forward over to the other side of that mountain!

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