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“I Am Not Your Negro” and the erasure of women of color

Last week I saw “I Am Not Your Negro,” the documentary based on James Baldwin’s last, unfinished monograph. And it was powerful, juxtaposing images of capitalism and violence with interviews and film of James Baldwin. Baldwin’s last work was focused on the legacies of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X, all men who, importantly, did not make it to their 40th birthday. The film was beautiful and shocking. But in every moment of the film, the presence of the masculine loomed large. After all, Baldwin’s last manuscript focuses on three male heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Read more