The Black Revolt
Tuesday 24 at 11:50 p.m. on Arte
“I can’t breathe. » This ultimate sentence from George Floyd, anti-racist activists have not forgotten it, it still resonates in their minds. On the occasion of the two years of the death of the forties, Ulrich Stein and John Kantara rewind the film of the movements against racial discrimination, from Martin Luther King to the explosion of the Black Lives Matter wave. This documentary takes on another dimension after the racist attack perpetrated in Buffalo on May 14. In 2013, Trayvon Martin, a young black teenager, was killed in Sanford (Florida) in an altercation with a supervisor of the private residence where he lived. His killer is acquitted. This court decision makes the black community bubble, which explodes like a pressure cooker. Of the multitude of militant tweets that surged then remains that of Alicia Garza: “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter. » The Black Lives Matter movement was born.
The violence of American police officers against blacks is recurrent. The death of George Floyd, killed by an officer because of a counterfeit 20 dollar bill, relaunches the protest marked by demonstrations shouting “Black Lives Matter”. Unlike the figures of Martin Luther King or Malcolm X, the new movements no longer have a charismatic leader. They are more autonomous and are divided into local branches to decide on their actions, adapted to their environment and their problems.
Racism transcends American borders. In Germany, “racial profiling” is prohibited but is no less real: half of the black people checked by the police report a racial profiling. In France, the George Floyd case echoes the death of Adama Traoré, and the demonstrations are again demanding justice that the victims have not obtained. Beyond fascinating historical insights, The Black Revolt offers a platform for these voices that want to be heard and calls for a profound change in society.