The Dec. 22 article Movies: Digital, documentaries reign states that several movies released in 2013 “continue to explore the African-American experience, both past and present, in all types of genres.”
The African-American experience is really the American experience.
As the movies show, the so-called African-American experience has not happened in a vacuum, with whites and others passively watching it unfold from the sidelines as if they are uninvolved.
The history and its legacy of human-rights abuses from slavery to lynching and Jim Crow to police killings and the mass imprisonment of black men is quintessentially American.
The sooner we acknowledge this, the sooner Americans can launch the sorely needed “dialogue on race” that former President Bill Clinton and President Obama have urged.
The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s slogan was, “Without pardon there is no future, but without confession there will be no pardon.” We cannot fathom confession, let alone pardon, until we, as whites, fully accept our fundamental role in this bitter legacy and find the courage to speak publicly about it with black people.
Jordana A. Hart, Miami