Anyone who knows me knows that civil rights issues kick me in the gut. They are very personal to me, and effect me in a way I can’t always explain.
I’m a white woman.
And I care about race issues.
Last night I watched a new documentary on Netflix called 13th. (13th references the 13th amendment. The amendment that abolished slavery and involuntary servitude). Within the first 12 minutes, I was already sobbing. Images of the KKK, lynchings, people getting tossed around as if they are garbage being tossed into a trash can — all because of pigment.
The first quote that hit me was, “If you look at the history of black people’s various struggles in this country, the connecting theme is the attempt to be understood as full, complicated human beings. We are something other than this visceral image of criminality and menace and threat to which people associate with us.”
Just take that in for a minute.
This documentary is complicated and layered and heavy. So heavy. Some of it is so complicated that I don’t even know how I feel about it. It does exactly what a documentary should do. It brings information to light on a subject that is so unbelievably relevant. It makes you uncomfortable.
Frankly, I’m overwhelmed by it still. It’s all still resonating in my head. Maybe I’ll write a more well thought our review of it when it’s settled in.
Until then, watch it. It needs to be talked about.