Banished vividly recounts the forgotten history of racial cleansing in America when thousands of African Americas were driven from their homes and communities by violent racist mobs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In fear for their lives, black people left these towns and never returned to reclaim their property. The film places these events in the context of present day race relations, by following three concrete cases of towns that remain all-white to this day (Forsyth County, Georgia; Pierce City, Missouri; Harrison, Arkansas).
Banished raises the larger questions — will the United States ever make meaningful reparations for the human rights abuses suffered, then and now, against its African American citizens? Can reconciliation between the races be possible without them? Banished follows a twisting trail through yellowed newspaper archives registries of deeds, photos from treasured family albums and dimly recalled stories of elders who lived through those traumatic events.
The film features black families determined to go to any length to reconstruct their families past and gain some justice for their ancestors and themselves. It also interviews dedicated, local, newspaper reporters who braved community opposition to research the banishments in-depth and force their readers to confront their towns past and present. [film link]
We’re socialized to “let you down easy.” We’re not socialized to say a clear and direct “no.” We’re socialized to speak in hints and boost egos and let people save face. People who don’t respect the social contract (rapists, predators, assholes, pickup artists) are good at taking advantage of this. “No” is something we have to learn. “No” is something we have to earn. In fact, I’d argue that the ability to just say “no” to something, without further comment, apology, explanation, guilt, or thinking about it is one of the great rites of passage in growing up, and when you start saying it and saying it regularly the world often pushes back. And calls you names
Their silence was worth a million words
The other reason why Steve McQueen is a boss!
he is Tha dude!!
Those other directors were very quiet when it came to casting people of color which matched the demographic of the area they filmed in…
He snatched all of their edges and they sat there quiet as church mice.. These men who yield power in this industry were afraid to own their shit..
the silence of the white directors is so telling of their cowardice to properly represent poc in their movies
I have never seen a group of grown ass men bitch up this fast goddamn
*crickets* from the peanut gallery….
This is why I’m here for him. He just be spillin’ tea like NOBODY’S business. He makes white people uncomfortable and I’m 5eva here for it.
I will never not reblog this video. One of the many reasons why I love me some Steve McQueen.