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Wednesday 12 December 2012

Wilmington on Fire

Wilmington on Fire is a documentary.  Thanks for sending the link.

There are few things that are more troubling and unjust than man's inhumanity towards his fellow man.  Historically, in every century, decade, or even year humans demonstrate one form of inhumanity or another.  It's troubling because religion and values tell us to "judge not lest ye be judged" or "do unto others as you would have them do" or even "turn the other cheek."

When Thomas Jefferson and his crew wrote the Declaration of Independence they wrote, "All men are created equal."  When I hear the quote sometimes I think of George Orwell when he wrote in Animal Farm, something to the effect of "All are equal, some are just more equal than others."

In all the good that America was, and still can be, there were some very dark times in U.S. history.  Human slavery is among the darkest.

Wilmington on Fire is based on true events.  Out of respect here is the actual synopsis.

"The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is also considered one of the only examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government (coup d'etat) and left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow (segregation) throughout the state of North Carolina, and the American South. © 2011 Christopher Everett"

The teaser trailer is narrated in the form of a poem.  It is interspersed with what looks like actual photographs.  The spoken word and the images were very powerful.  They pull you into a world and a time of anger, hate and injustice.  They take you by the hand and the heart and show you that the words of Thomas Jefferson, that the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and even the teachings of the church sometimes fall on deaf ears when fear and ignorance take the lead.

I was very moved by this trailer and I look forward to seeing the documentary.

Please see for yourself: http://vimeo.com/33422710

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