Racial Equity Initiative: Movies to Watch, Educate, and Discuss Together
As part of Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative (REI) to recognize and to educate ourselves about systemic racism and to explore the unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, we are launching a series of programs to help promote discussion and understanding. Discussing selected movies that illustrate the effects of systemic racism is one form of education. Be on the lookout for news about our Book Discussions too.
Register Below to join us online via Zoom for a facilitated discussion of the movie. Important Note: Participants should watch the movie on your own prior to the event. Do the Right Thing can be found on a variety of platforms including Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play, and Hulu.
This month: Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed and controversial movie, Do the Right Thing, was released at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1989. Over thirty years old, this powerful film is still fresh and relevant today, showing us how little some things have changed in America’s race relations.
The story unfolds over a scorching summer day in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Through Lee’s “in your face” filming style, the racial tensions rise with the outside temperature. A chaotic brawl breaks out. Police arrive and the situation goes from bad to worse. While portraying the hostilities in the neighborhood, Lee shows us the humanity in each of his characters, along with some humor, and that may be why it is still considered an enduring work of pop culture three decades later.
MPAA rating: R
Common Sense Media: Recommends age 16 and over due to intensity, coarse language and brief nudity/sexual content.
Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative statement of purpose:
We recommit to recognizing and dismantling racism and unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, in the institution of the church, and in the broader culture. We will provide a space to process what we are seeing and learning and to discern our call as a community of faith to take action toward these goals. Our shared set of values and mission calls us to transform lives for Christ: that now calls us to transform our own lives to be less complicit in racist aspects of our culture, to transform the lives of those who have historically faced oppression by helping eradicate systemic racism disproportionately affecting them, and to be the hands and feet of Christ by opposing institutions and practices everywhere that deny the full humanity of all God’s children.