To March

Student protesters in Birmingham, 1963.

What a historic week it’s been. A difficult time to release a film which seems so trivial compared to what is going on in the world.

It’s a sad time. The videos of confrontations between protesters and cops reminds one of footage from the 60s when protesters were brutalized by dogs and water guns in Birmingham. Have we really not made any progress in 50 years? The civil rights movement certainly forced change and our culture made great strides, but in 50 years we should have come further. We should be past this moment. It’s disheartening.

But then I hear stories of policemen and women marching alongside the protesters today. In solidarity, but also to protect the protesters. That’s not the case everywhere, but in some places it’s true. Maybe it’s just a matter of time before everyone will be on board.

It is our right to march, and also our duty. Like voting. It’s more effective, in fact, than voting. Marching is proof of an opposing opinion in the land. It’s the embodiment of that opposing opinion’s humanity, its numbers, its engagement. People not marching gives the impression that injustice is acceptable. Marching is proof of the opposite. Your voice can be lost in a vote, but in the march it is not only heard, but seen as well.

March on, Americans. It is your right, your voice, and your duty. May change come sooner than 50 years.

-Sue Lange, Producer/Dust Nuggets

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