The Herald Sun: LGBT, race and ‘The New Black’ discussed at Duke

December 5, 2014

The panelists discussed the film and the aspect of “otherness” for LGBT and also for all African-Americans in the wake of no indictments in the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, by police officers.

Kelley said that over and over again throughout American history, there is a dislocation of the black body, even though African-Americans’ ancestors were in the U.S. before the Revolutionary War. African-Americans are not thought of as human, she said, using Trayvon Martin as an example of not being just thought of as a boy afraid of a stranger following him at night.

“‘I am human.’ The need to say that over and over again is a fundamental black problem,” she said.

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The New Black

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. Continue Reading

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