St. Martin’s “The Long Shadow” screening, January 2019

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St. Martin’s started the year 2019 by opening our doors to the wider community with an invitation for our sister churches and friends to join us to see a showing of the documentary The Long Shadow, and join us for a post screening discussion to unpack issues of whiteness, white privilege, white supremacy and how we have all been groomed to internalize the normalization of supremacist thinking in the U.S.A.

Although Chicago was in the midst of a snowy winter spell of bitterly freezing weather, 27 hearty souls battled the elements at the end of last January to participate in this antiracism event which was sponsored by the Chicago Diocese Antiracism Commission and hosted by St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Besides our own parishioners, folks from St. Christopher, Oak Park, St. John, Chicago, St.Teresa, Chicago, and Redeemer Lutheran, Oak Park attended, besides people of other faiths and organizations.

About the film: “Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, journalist and activist Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts. She passionately seeks the hidden truth and the untold stories that reveal how the sins of yesterday feed modern prejudice, which burns undiminished despite our seeming progress. From the moment of America’s birth, slavery was embedded in institutions, laws, and the economy, and yet even as slavery ended, racism survived like “an infection.” By telling individual stories—of free blacks in Canada; of a modern, racially motivated shooting—Causey movingly personalizes the costs and the stakes of continued inaction. “The past is never dead,” William Faulkner once said, and this echoes one scholar’s warning: “We’re still fighting the Civil War, and the South is winning.”

The following are a few of the participant’s survey responses after attending the January offering:

Piercing, incisive documentary on the history of Slavery, Jim Crow and what they have done to harm our lives, relationships, well-being, and democratic institutions.

This film is a must-see for any American who believes that black lives matter and, also importantly, for any American who wishes to believe themselves truly knowledgeable about our history.

Many thanks to all who helped to make this event a great success!