Who Could Understand the Plight of a Black Man? 

Hopefully, you were able to participate in the in the video screening and interactive workshop for Who Could Understand the Plight of a Black Man? on Tuesday, December 8th.   The videos are available  here:

Purple: https://youtu.be/S-OnDFv5tVU and Red: https://warpwire.duke.edu/w/k3AEAA/  **Videos contain graphic historical depictions, watch with care.**

To our Black men colleagues, we support you. We see more of what you go through each day – from the ‘mask’ you put on to the pressure you feel at home where you should feel protected and safe. Thank you for choosing to be here with us. We are committed to making your experience better and are so grateful for the positive impact you have on our work. Thank you!

Conversations to have after you have watched the video:

  • Name as many emotions that you feel now from having just watched the videos.
  • What do you perceive about Black men from each version?
  • How would you support Black men after watching each version?

Special thanks to Trina Rodriguez, the poem creator and performer, and Brandon Johnson, producer, who shared that both versions came to be out of a necessity to represent multiple perspectives. There isn’t one lens by which we can empathize with all Black experiences. Together their work captures two unique experiences with a wide range of emotions — empathy, sadness, disgust, frustration, anger and love. They call the audience to actions like:

□        Know the full truth of the history of Black people in the United States

□        Don’t mask our emotions about the impact of race

□        Support each other getting help

□        Have a conversation with your colleague to build a relationship

□        Self reflect. Did you learn something? Why?

Thanks for being a part of this community.

-Laura Webb