“THE UNITED STATES FLAG CODE. Title 4, Chapter 1. § 8(a)The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”
Produced by Curtis Scoon, and directed by Asia Norris, “Black White & Blue” is inspired by political activism on social media. Particularly, that of so-called “Social Justice Warriors.” Many of whom identify through the popular catchphrase, “Black Lives Matter.” The trending narrative was fueled by shooting incidents involving law enforcement officers and primarily black males, reaching a crescendo of sorts with the dramatic killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the subsequent civil unrest sparked by it. Seemingly, the black community became increasingly politicized as racial conflagration and polarization politics divided Americans along ideological and racial lines in the wake of the first post-Obama presidential election. Or was there more to it than meets the eye?
Was it all organic, or orchestrated to achieve some political aim? Was the activity on social media an accurate depiction of reality in the black community or was it simply the work of a very small, vocal, niche group attempting to speak for all black people? Who was behind it, and why? Were the concerns legitimate, and if so, what should be done about them?
“Black White & Blue” attempts to address the aforementioned questions, and more through an unbiased, non-partisan, agenda free lens. The documentary dispels any notion that black people are a monolith by showcasing very diverse perspectives for the viewers to arrive at their own conclusions.