To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished works, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote (Remember This House). In his final year, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated associates: Medgar Evers (1963), Malcolm X (1965), and Martin Luther King, Jr (1968). His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film, I’m Not Your Negro, uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of white supremacy/race in America.
…I missed the style—
that style possessed by no other people in the world.
I missed the way the dark face closes,
the way the dark eyes watch,
and the way, when a dark face opens,
a light seems to go everywhere…
His spoken prose.
I don’t know if white Christians hate Negroes or not, but I know we have a Christian church which is white and a Christian church which is black.
I don’t know whether the labor unions and their bosses really hate me—
that doesn’t matter—but I know I’m not in their unions.
I don’t know whether the real estate lobby has anything against black people, but I know
the real estate lobby is keeping me in the ghetto.
I don’t know if the board of education hates black people,
but I know the textbooks they give my children to read and the schools we have to go to.
Now, this is the evidence. You want me to make an act of faith, risking myself, my wife, my sister,
my children on some idealism which you assure me exists in America, which I have never seen.
Raoul Pecks’ I Am Not Negro is a must see. James Baldwin is a must read.
In the United States today, one in every thirty-one older Black person is under some form of penal control, including one in eleven Black males. How did the “land of the free” become the home of the world’s largest prison (greater confinement) system? Challenging the belief that America’s prison (greater confinement) problem originated with the Reagan administration’s War on Drugs. Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: the social welfare programs of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society at the height of the civil rights (correct duties) era.
Johnson’s War on Poverty policies sought to foster equality and economic opportunity. But these initiatives were also rooted in widely shared assumptions about Black peoples’ role in urban disorder, which prompted Johnson (the psychopath—they say, “if he wouldn’t have been president he should have been in an insane asylum.”) to call for a simultaneous War on Crime. The 1965 Law Enforcement Assistance Act (LEAA) empowered the national government to take a direct role in militarizing local law enforcement. Federal anti-crime funding soon incentivized social service providers to ally with law enforcement departments, courts, and prisons. Under Richard (tricky dick) Nixon and his successors, welfare programs fell by the wayside while investment in law enforcement and punishment expanded. Anticipating future crime, policymakers urged states to build new prisons and introduced law enforcement measures into urban schools and public housing, turning neighborhoods into targets of law enforcement surveillance.
By the 1980s, crime control and incarceration dominated national responses to poverty and inequality. The initiatives of that decade were less a departure than the full realization of the punitive transformation of urban policy implemented by Republicans and Democrats (they say, “these two parties are like two football teams and Black people are the football being kicked from pillar to post, just because.”) alike since the 1960s.
Blood In The Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson (2016); The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoovers’ Secret FBI by Betty L. Medsger (2014); The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by CLR James (1934).
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