“Freedom is never given; it is won.” A. Philip Randolph
Politics is conflict. War is conflict. Life is conflict. People need to grow comfortable with conflict. “Race War” is a documentary by Black Channel Films, which explores the current racial tensions and conflicts in the United States since the election of Donald Trump, the events at Charlottesville and the ongoing police killing of black people. Conflict is the first step and element in the development of all cultures. “Race War” will explore the race conflicts which are so central to the fabric of real American culture.
War and conflict are perpetual. The film draws from interviews with Ajamu Baraka, political activist and former Green Party nominee for Vice President of the United States; Brian Bentley, author and former LAPD officer; Bob Law, professional broadcaster; Cheryl Dorsey,former LAPD officer; Judge Joe Brown, attorney and television personality; Kaba Kamene, professor; Lee Merritt, attorney; Yusef Salaam, activist of the Central Park Jogger case fame; Mysonne, activist and rapper; Melvin Walker; Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute; and Jared Taylor, founder of the American Renaissance. The interviewees, which consist of a colorful and wide ranging scope of personalities, promise to deliver thought provoking dialogue and spark an ever needed discussion. Just as war and conflict is perpetual, the discussion as how to engage war and conflict should also be perpetual.
We recently had the opportunity to discuss “Race War” with Samuel Alarape, one of the producers, on our bi-weekly podcast “For The Black Of It”. Although, I believe the premise of the film to be too reactive, late action is far better than no action. Some elders in the black community have pointed out that we as a people have forgotten the importance of conflict and hence competition. When blacks enter non black environments, we are there to compete, not the get along. The environment maybe non-violent but, war and conflict exist and is present just the same. Whether at school, at work or in a casual setting, war and conflict are always present.
On Thursday Nov. 8th, at the historic Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens, New York located at 177-01 Baisley Blvd., you will have an opportunity to experience this product of black excellence and film making mastery. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance. Get your advance tickets here. The ancestors will be proud.