Comment after the Denver Public Television Screening - Sunday, February 21, 2016
I am white.
I have avoided many of this type of presentation because it is easier to avoid than to have the pain of having truth revealed. Thank you for having this movie/presentation placed on PBS.
I was born in MS, and although I was not raised in MS, I spent untold days and weeks of my summers visiting family there. I was made aware of the conflicting beliefs about the breakdown of the barriers between the races in the summer of 1964.
My sister and I as young women traveled to MS on the weekend James Meredith entered Ole Miss. I was afraid and appalled at what I saw and heard. So many of my family were angry - really angry. My Mother helped me understand that beneath the anger was fear, fear of losing .....place, power and the knowledge of who they/we were .... and fear breeds anger unless faced and minds changed. I appreciate so much this honest look at why we view this divide from different paradigms.
I wish I could say it could be done through the churches. How, when we believe in the Love of God and believe he commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, can we refuse to do so?
Thank you for allowing that conversation to take place.