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What I Learned from Watching Selma.

February 9, 2015 by  
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( There are movies that inspire, there are movies that excite, there are movies that create an effect on multiple levels of human psychology, sociology and passions. Selma takes the viewer on a journey of emotional mixtures, psychological enlightenment and rationalization to the realities of how important voting rights are.

The realities of societal civil rights and the connection between the criminal justice system and juries made up of inequality and racism.
Having a jury of your peers in many cases is not possible because peers have lost voting rights and serving on a jury is not possible because many are not registered or have felony convictions that keep them from earning their rights.

Selma touched people in a way that encouraged and demanded discussion on many levels beyond emotional turmoil and conflict that many experienced from viewing movies that address Civil Rights issues, the institution of slavery that Blacks have experienced during their captivity to the Americas hundreds of year before is still evident. There isn’t a conclusion to this story because the descendents in generations carry the emotional and psychological baggage from slavery to freedom, from institutional bondage to the denial of societal rights and privileges that are denied based on the pigment of the skin. 2015-Selma-Movie-Review

The movie Selma offers an opportunity not just for Blacks, but the diversity of culture in America to see and experience a small portion of the Civil Rights movement, the importance of voting rights, serving on juries and having a knowledge of the justice system. Historically Blacks are disproportionally denied fair trials, they are historically given harder and longer prison sentences, and Blacks lack the opportunity of fair and impartial juries of their peers because too many “peers” have criminal backgrounds that deny them from serving on juries.

Too many Blacks lack the willingness to even register to vote because they do not see the importance of doing so and do not see the historic and current value of being an active and educated voter.
Selma dealt with these issues that needed to be shouted to Blacks to show them that here are those that sacrificed and died for the opportunity to vote. In order to bring justice to those that kill Black men, women and children Blacks must be registered voters and participate on juries. As stated in Selma that whites kill and rape Blacks, but go free because a jury of “their” peers sets them free.

Blacks need to understand if you don’t vote the laws will stay the same and the same people that make those laws will always stay in power allowing their power to grow. Blacks power will remain diminished and castrated of voting power and political influence.
Blacks continue to be their own worst enemy in too many cases.
Before the physical altercations of Selma the mind was served with the words that inspired millions to place their lives and the lives of women and even children in the line of physical abuse from attack. This is how important the right to vote is, the right to have equality and to be treated equitably.

Today many Black men are portrayed as weak, because of the lack of voting strength and high levels of unemployment. This will continue if Black men, Black women and black families do
not unify and work together to change the status que.

Factors like not registering to vote, not voting even if registered and other behaviors that are not positive are passed from one generation to the other. Simplistically, if you keep the man/men, fathers/grandfathers down and powerless this transfers to the family. If you keep mothers distracted by having no husband, no father, uneducated on welfare, happy to receive their EBT cards, keep them complacent and needy they will be distracted by the challenges of life and not care about voting or politics and eventually lose the will for education and personal improvements.

Blacks as seen in Selma must stop being comfortable in their “hoods” physically, economically, socially, educationally, financially and politically. Selma told the story to improve the lifestyles of and for Blacks is through education, unity and cultural pride. Blacks do not for the majority want to be white, they want an equal playing field to provide for their families.

The author, K. Harris of Prince, The Future King series states, “fathers are critically important to their children’s well being and are a role model for their sons.” It is widely known how important fathers are in the lives of their children; look at the lives of Malcolm X and other men whose fathers were involved in Black Nationalism, but also how racism, stereotypical thinking, and discrimination shaped their lives as well.

Coinciding with writings in Proverbs 4:1 which states, “Hear ye children the instruction of a father and attend to know understanding”. Black men must teach each other and teach their children, guide them and nurture them, but not lead them down the wrong paths that will destroy their futures. Leading another generation to destruction and being lost with no educational opportunities or chances for employment to change their socio-economic situations.

Ephesians 4:25, “wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another”. Men unite in a common quest to raise children whether in the home or not and accept the responsibilities that are contributors of life. To speak truth to your children and to each other, in Ephesians 4:29 states, “let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that may minister grace unto the hearers.”

The Civil Rights movement not moment was organized by students and ministers. Through their works together and organized unity they made great changes in society. They organized individuals into a movement to effect change in their neighborhoods, in homes, and in the hearts of their people first. Nothing will change if fathers and men do not unify to make sure their families are provided for, their children see them (fathers) fighting for equal rights in all of society and the value of education.

Selma will just be another Black movie if Blacks do not move forward to effect the changes that need to be made in American society. Selma demonstrated the reasons for the fight for justice
that still rings true today. Blacks are still in conflict with themselves and society, before we can demand change from the government, the justice system and even come to terms with our diverse religious denominations that struggle in unity, Blacks must come to terms with themselves.

Staff Writer; William D. Jackson

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5 Responses to “What I Learned from Watching Selma.”
  1. Marque Anthony says:

    Please read my article on this sight entitled I DON’T KNOW ANY BLACK PEOPLE

  2. Marque Anthony says:

    p.s. Sorry for the typographical errors. My laptop keyboard is malfunctioning.

  3. Marque Anthony says:

    I do not want to burst your bubble but the voting phenomena is a huge scam, especial in presidential elections. First of all, presidents are not elected, they are selected far in advance of the election. They are groomed for the position for years. Did you know that when Prosident Obama was in college, one of his mentors was Henry Kissinger? I don’t think Kissinger is a big deal but the political world thinks he walks on water.

    You wonder how Bush Jr seemed to steal the lection from Gore? It is because we have two election systems operating at the same time and one cancels out the other. Thus our votes can be rendered useless.

    There is the POPULAR VOTE then there is the ELECTORAL COLLEGE. Whomever wins the electoral college wins the presidency period. At the point when the candidate gains the number of electoral college votes he needs, he is declared the winner of the election. This is true even if popular vote ballots have not all been counted and even if the polls have not closed.

    Don’t take my word for it. Check the facts

  4. cjones says:

    I’m a black male, sixty-six years of age. I’ve look and analyzed the social ills of this society in particular the plight of the African American. In short, we must do for ourselves in all arenas of life. America has done all its going to do for Blacks. It has been double overtime to stop the begging for society and politicians to make our lives better—-its never going to happen. For one, we as a people must stop indulging in self destructive behavior such the various forms of narcotics which includes alcohol. Secondly,we need to stop this “baby daddy syndrome” which has direct link to an impoverished existence. Stop allowing babies to come into this world that cannot be take care nor educated properly. Thirdly, stop walking around with outlandish clothing and looking strange yielding to silly fashions. Fourthly, become fiscally astute and begin to employ the principles of wealth and take advantage of existing rules for generational legacy building. Most of these clowns in our community are flashes in the pan that wind up broke with a sad story—-no I’m not praying for you. Fifthly, just stop committing crimes. Sixthly, create something that is so stupendous the world must come to you. We don’t need anymore chicken shakes or churches. Jesus is not changing your circumstances.

    I have observed throughout my years, no other group of people have begged and pleaded with society as much as we have. I never see the oriental culture even concerned with whether or not “white folks like them” Love thyself first.

    We are the

  5. Dcarter910 says:

    Who do you vote for when rich people are the only ones that can afford to run for office (nationally and most cities)?

    Who do you vote for when both candidates are obviously corrupt and paid off by big business?

    Who do you vote for when as soon as the election is over, time and time again…the issues you care about are ignored?

    Who do you vote for when you are trying to discern the lesser of two evils and realizing no matter who you vote for you are voting for evil?

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