Social-Justice

Why Selma is a MUST SEE Movie

Are you a teen parent or educator? If so, please let teens know that select theaters in ten major cities including San Francisco (and Cinemark 20 Daly City) are giving 7th,8th and 9th graders FREE ADMISSION to screenings of Selma if they show their Student ID or a copy of their report card. Click here for more info!

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See Selma in Movie Theaters NOW!

I recently saw Selma and have been moved ever since. Originally, I had hoped to bring my girls (who are now 9 years old) but I have to say… this is a very difficult movie to watch and not entirely appropriate for their age group. The subject matter is definitely something they could grasp with me explaining historical context and significance. Nonetheless, the violence depicted in the film would be too upsetting for them. Frankly, I had a lot of difficulty watching parts of the movie for this reason. That said, this it was very important part of the film and only served to reinforce connections between police brutality then and now. Experiencing my own aversion to watching these scenes also brought into clear focus why so many of us would rather “look away” when it comes to acknowledging and addressing the racial violence and injustice that is still very alive in America.

For these reasons Selma is more than just a beautifully movie–it is a call to action. It challenges our collective narrative about racism as a “thing of the past”. Many of the scenes from Selma seem ripped from today’s headlines. The current inequities black Americans face in the our nation’s public education system, judicial system, elected representation, economic access (you name it!) still persist today. Our current situation is directly related to our ability to bear witness to the injustice and inhumane treatment many of our citizens still endure… years after we became a “post-racial” society… after Brown vs. Board of Education… after Affirmative Action… after electing a black President.

Selma makes it clear, there is much work to be done. And there is no time to waste.

Related reads: Understanding Implicit BiasMLK Day… NOT!Let’s Talk About Race (Series) – A Tribute to MLK Jr.

What do you think? Have you seen Selma? What thoughts, feelings or actions has it inspired? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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