February 6, 2014 by multiracialsky
What fascinates me about “American Promise” though is how the parents—particularly the filmmakers—expected, with no irony, that a majority white and super privileged space not just educate but also nurture and support their black children. That’s different. Why would a black person expect that level of care and love from a historically white, elite institution? It got me thinking about whether my crew from the late 80s and early 90s and our parents expected the same. And if they didn’t, is “American Promise” demonstrating a kind of progress with this demand or exhibiting a post-racial brand of naivete?