BLM activist Janaya Future Khan breaks down the Black experience on film

ABC News spoke with Black Lives Matter and civil rights activist Janaya Future Khan about creating systemic change through art.
5:59 | 03/09/21

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Transcript for BLM activist Janaya Future Khan breaks down the Black experience on film
When I think. And one and film means we talk now that's. Close we talk about our as a depiction of its time. I think we have this idea. That I'm art imitates my. I think we forget that life imitates art as well and so with birth of the nation you had this moment of celebration. The hatred and celebration of bigotry. That was most important call to action why is this soon so important. To America today. And who thinks this film is important. Who is called to the stone at the time in this country. Right when nobody got to swipe right left or swipe right. On but skin we're gonna be born into or how her hair grew out of my hand or with zip code. We kind of got the cards we're dealt it's true and nobody is directly responsible for the conditions that were born into its own center. And at a certain point we gonna say Emerson. As adults. As people now of the well. What point do those conditions become. In my county are attempting to another artist from the creators. To tell people that that simply to higher costs and we have got to be the people that are responsible for the life that we're in now. And responsible for the story and its hold that means reckoning. With stories of the past and means being responsible. For the stories and re create today and how that's been informed the future. We look back. At this found north of the students and many others and its timing. Was so different. Recently bowled me aren't. Twenty cleaning woman. But the thing is that had been in conversations around my face. So much of our media. In the last ten years. Had a bit of a reckoning it's now they're in the nation and this and overt. Hatred. Right. This this night celebration. And Slade her at bigotry. Gone with the wind. Doesn't sell a. Britney it ships. And wouldn't doubt that something and kids that's. This depiction of the McNamee. Who it is freefall. Or her position. Grateful. Learn for her relationship. To this friendly. You can't ask yourself what is that film asking us. As a society. And of course and brown wins the Oscar. X it's massive it's this huge moment and in American history and black history. 1939. First black. Moon first person. And then we get asked again we get told again and we should be grateful. The way that her character. Was meant to be grateful for the spamming. We. The people are meant to be grateful. That's this Oscar was awarded for that depiction. You see I simply cannot. Except that human airtime so much misinformation. So much misinformation about two some went confusion. Most of us have gotten so it's them between 21. You know. Representations from films I wonder would it would take him to. How the kind of systemic change because of the thing you can't single story a systemic issue. Where we are not the result of one room or one person. It is what happens when so many people are starved for me. And for purpose. And we have our purpose was actually two. Live remarkable lives would have to work and activism. Right but that's something we can activism we think of protests. That's another kind of an accurate we think of a person than English there's been informed crowd that's gotten him. And that is significant. And those images have moved me when I think black Panthers or when I think. Martin Luther King Jr. Harriet Tubman in our not commence sooner even the son of color. And so what it. Right. What if we re arranged. Our relationship average activism wouldn't it wasn't just this. Week it was. Not just acting isn't it really the work could be line. Being fully. Alive and what does that mean exactly. It means. Being your full purpose it means being in significantly greater than yourself because I'll activism. At the heart of it. He's been for someone else who Unita melts. In your most vulnerable moments and I'm firm believer. That we're here on this planet in this forum this one time. And the best thing that we can do who lives. Remarkable and extraordinary lives and maybe just maybe we get to a place where we can hear. Each other's pain we're not going to be careless with his hands and of course they're systemic realities we know that our societies are organized and race. I'm class. Room gender or not the myriad of things I'm. But imagine. Just imagine. If we can actually get back. The human condition. Maybe we wouldn't have to become. Good fortune as the try to fit into a status quo. It was never meant for us to begin with maybe maybe we could find each other. And in doing so find ourselves finally.

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