Thursday, February 5, 2009

History Shouldn't Be A Mystery

Sometimes we get so caught up in what’s happening now that we don’t take time to think about the past. It can be a guide to help you what’s currently going on. I just got through watching this special on PBS titled Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. It’s narrated by Lolis Eric Elie. It was great and I actually learned a few things I didn’t know. I think it should be shown in all New Orleans schools so these kids can know exactly what proud culture they come from. The only drawback to watching this program tonight is that history has a way of striking a nerve when it’s presented the right way. You have to brace yourself. It’s going to be difficult to feel patriotic and promote racial harmony for a few moments after watching that. America has a cold blooded past and black New Orleans paid the price. At least we got jazz out of the deal. I guess that’s a positive.

1 comment:

KAMMs said...

I had to write an article on Treme for a feature writing course. Doing research was very interesting... once I got past the fluff, it was also kind of difficult. But I know what you mean... I still haven't seen "Roots" for this very reason--and don't want to!!