“Mother Sister’s always watching.” This line, from the critically acclaimed film Do the Right Thing, fully embodies the feeling in Black and Latino communities. A need to protect oneself and monitor one’s own neighborhood from internal and external threats has always been the modality of communities of color – as true today as it was when the film was released. Today, with the influx of gentrification and the ever-increasing militarization of law enforcement in Black and Latino communities, people of color in this country are experiencing a heightened level of aggression and repression.
Join us for a free screening of a film that reminds us that community makes possible solidarity and resilience, and that although no one is perfect, we as a people can and will come together when the threat is unyielding, ever-present, and persistent.
After the screening, we will be joined by CCR’s Government Misconduct and Racial Justice Fellow Somalia Samuel and Black Youth Project 100’s Rahel Teka for a short discussion about the current state of Black and Latino lives in this country, the importance of this film in today’s social and political context, and how we can empower ourselves and our youth to resist repression through a Black Queer Feminist lens.
We’d like this screening to be one that leaves attendees feeling pride in their status as people of color and for those who support people of color to know their allyship is needed, and that when we all come together to forge solidarity, any change is possible.