Know why? Because all I want to be doing right now is sitting in front of my tv watching Project Runway and instead I have about 50 minutes until it comes on. I could do something else but I don't really want to get all into something only to have to stop immediately at 9:58. I have had two AWESOME days in a row! Like all day happy things kept happening to me. And honestly, Tuesday was pretty awesome, too. I had a wonderful interview with one of the subjects of my film today. He was so open and honest and thanked us profusely for telling his story. We got the same thanks on Monday after interviewing another Civil Rights activist who is frequently left out of history books. Talking to them makes me feel so young (they're in their late 60s and early 70s) and so small. The idea of these people who were 19 and 20 years old at the time, changing the world one protest, sit-in, or picket line at a time is sometimes overwhelming. And when they talk about how they were treated I seriously have to compose myself.
When people talk about how nothing's changed since the 1960s, I want to shake them. These people WENT TO JAIL so I could do what I love without any restrictions: eat in a restaurant, sit in a movie theater and travel wherever I want and at the end of my trip, stay at a hotel. Black people couldn't do any of those things just 50 years ago-- in our parents' lifetimes. Working on this film has made that even clearer. I do things almost daily that they struggled to give me the chance to do. So awesome. OF COURSE there is so much work left to do to try to fix the disparities among the races in this country, in the schools, in the workplace, in housing, I'm sure you could name so many more. But don't negate the gains that have been made.
And tomorrow, Rashan is coming to see me so we can enjoy some of the very things I talked about in this post. It's been 2.5 weeks-- one of the longest times we've been apart. I can't wait to see him!