A friend showed me this video last night at the Healing Racism in Anchorage steering committee meeting. Talking about race is usually hard in our society. In the video Ill Doctrine says you should focus on what the people did, not what they are.
But the presentation is what makes it so worth watching.
Invest three minutes of your time. Too long? Just watch the first 30 seconds, you can spare that. But see for yourself, it's like potato chips, you can't just watch a few seconds.
Video Tip: It's easier to learn from mistakes than from perfection and this film illustrates the importance of your background. I'd point out to future film makers something to pay attention to when you're doing a film like this.
He didn't do it all in one breath. There are lots of cuts where they edited different versions together. Nothing wrong with that. This would be hard to do well in just one take. But when you do that, try to get a neutral background. If they hadn't gotten the door on the left in the background, it would be a better film. But, professionals keep telling me that you can overcome video problems if you have good audio which this video does. And the foreground is done well. Only strange people like me watch the background.
Race Conversation Dilemma: At about 1:47, he says, "Just think how a politician or celebrity gets caught out. It always starts out as a what they did conversation, but . . . they start doing judo flips and change it into a what they are conversation."
He doesn't tell us how to counter that manoeuvre. Maybe one could say, I never questioned your character, I questioned your behavior, and that's on the record. You're the one whose changing this to your character. But that's a bit lame. Any other thoughts out there?