I Am Not Your Negro – Movie Review

By: Kaylee Tate

             I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, is a documentary on writer and poet James Baldwin’s unfinished writings called Remember This House.Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I Am Not Your Negro dives head first into what it is truly like to be black in America. I Am Not Your Negro also reflects on important civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and Medgar Evers. Throughout the documentary you will hear from many other activists on the experiences of black people in America. Baldwin himself also explains his feelings towards racism as well as his issues with America in the mid 60s. James Baldwin also evaluates racism as a whole and discusses the constant struggles black people have faced throughout the history of America.

Having heard such great things about I Am Not Your Negro, I knew I had to bring myself to watch it. While watching I was amazed at how truly intelligent and insightful James Baldwin was. After watching this documentary, I walked out of the theater with so much more knowledge on issues concerning race as well as my place in America as an African-American woman. Deposite the curse words and the use of racial slurs, I Am Not Your Negro is an outstanding look on racism in America as well as a deeper look into the mind of writer James Baldwin. God also asks us everyday to stand up and speak on things we believe to be unjust. Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression, bring justice to the fatherless, plea the widow’s cause.” After seeing this film I felt inspired to stand up for what I believe in as well as proud of my heritage as an African-American woman. I highly recommend that everyone see this film. It will not only inform you on how we look at racism, but it will also give you a chance to be inside the brilliant mind of James Baldwin.


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