These are the voices of El Segundo.
The city’s residents are sharing their experiences with racism in “Black in Mayberry,” a new film inspired by Black Lives Matter protests in El Segundo. The film aims to tell the stories that may not always be discussed between people of different races.
One young woman talks about how she always dresses in bright athletic gear when she’s jogging to make it clear that she is exercising and not running from something.
Another talks about the pressure of being the “token Black friend” and sometimes feeling like she’s being used as an accessory so some of her friends can say they’re not racist.
A 13-year-old girl talks about how she and her mom were pulled over by the police on the way to school after the death of George Floyd and thinking that she would die at the hands of law enforcement.
“We thought we would create a series of short conversations where we had our Black residents, students and professionals here in El Segundo just speak on one topic, one element that they probably wouldn’t usually divulge to their White neighbors,” said Tanya Taylor, the film’s producer and one of the co-founders of the organization El Segundo for Black Lives, which has teamed up with the El Segundo-based art laboratory ESMoA for a live screening of the film on Tuesday, May 11, at Brewport Tap House.
Following the screening, “Black in Mayberry” will be available to view online via ESMoA’s website May 12-15.
“The message is for everyone who’s open to listening. The people who are speaking are people who live here. They are students; they are mothers; they are professionals here. The message is really for everyone because at the end of the day it’s a human issue,” Taylor said.
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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News
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