Hosted by the Committee Against Police Brutality San Diego:
Join us for a screening of Rosewood by the late John Singleton and a discussion of the 100 years of resistance against terror and violence. In response to the Chicago Riot and Red Summer of 1919, Claude McKay wrote the following poem, “If We Must Die”:
If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
For 100 years, we have fought back against the racial terror exhibited in Rosewood. Let’s honor the passing of Singleton by recognizing his magnum opus and discussing the ways the film links to contemporary struggles against police abuse.