Khalil Muhammad, Director, David Bendik discussed on City Arts and Lectures

Automatic TRANSCRIPT

Me by the shows, and she said, Hilton them hiring you go. See them. That's how she hardly. Very funny. Yeah. But it was it was sort of, like, I think I was maybe the seventh right of color that they had ever hired in Haiti, seventy years. Right. So one of the great things that happened with David remnant thought it was that I would. There was amazing time at the voice. I'm sorry. Name's escaping me now. But David would go and see anybody who was recommended. Was that a similar thing for you? Yeah. So Khalil Muhammad who is a dear friend of mine. And we went to Schoenberg shamburg right now. He's at Harvard. He was a director of the center in Harlem, and he's a different of mine. He went to graduate school together. We almost got arrested together, which was like the way I became friends, very crazy brief aside first year graduates, I master Khalil gets a parking ticket actually driving for some ridiculous little frame. His university of Pennsylvania alumni frame, blocking obscuring his life. Plate whatever they give them a ticket for this, and he said, I want to go down to the pre Saint talk to them about this. Do you want to come and play? Sure. And like a fool, cause I don't know, Khalil and we get big to the precinct, and he's like, I'd like to talk to wherever charge and Khalil is like this tall. And I'm like this tall. And so, Mike. Okay, we get there. And he says, you got this ticket, and I wanted to find out why got it. Well, because we have this license plate and that why. And the officers white guy, who's, like, I don't know, maybe in this forty it was like, yeah, that's why he said, because my estimation is because they are racist cops in this area, and they pulled me over, because I'm a black man driving my car. Right. It was like that silent. In my first thought was like in the precinct and I did not tell anybody I was coming here. Nobody knows we're here the way you are where I am. Right. Khalil is like just dressing these people down. I'm looking around like, man, next time, you, do you give me a heads up. So anyway, he and I have liked friends from that point on. Right. And so. He will he became director of the shamburg. And I have been trying. I've been writing largely like blackout. Let's point almost twenty years. Aside from the Washington city paper, that was the only non black outlet, I had written for probably in my life. And I was sitting across. I was coming to this event of the Berg, and it was like a reception in so Khalil said, I'm going to sit you across from David Bendik, say something smart. And so I sat down and conversation. But similarly, a similar story, which is that he said, you should write for us. You should write something. And I was like this guy is not serious. You know, and maybe a couple of weeks after that Amy Davidson sent me an Email, like David said that you were interested in writing, and you should do something for us. And I said, okay. There's this little story out of Florida about this young man, who had been killed and had been no arrest made and I was like I just did a basic why you should know why you should care about this, by the stories important thing, and the unmanned was named Trayvon Martin. And then the Vojtech opened up because any said, you should follow the story and follow that story, and then Ferguson happened, and then Baltimore with Freddie gray happened, and then Charleston happened, and then there was all of these stories that were landing on my desk, and I felt kind of obligation to write about them because I could put them in a historical context and I could say this is not a novel development. This is not something that is just a quirk of the system that these people have found themselves receiving end of brutality from largely white officers charged with enforcing the law, it's one of the things that you write about in your book, that saying that the history of black, oppression is not separate from police brutality. Depression and. One of the things that I really wanted to talk to you about tonight, was the fact that when I read you on these subjects. I'm learning something about my own history that I didn't know and that not only makes it resonate. But also allows me to have the information to talk to somebody else. So thank you. When these stories started coming up you were also thinking a lot about Barath during those years married. The worst thing that right? Is hate here in their own words. But Mary something you wrote. Sure. Okay. This is from Gilani's Burgum. The substance of hope. For all his Gilani rights for all his accomplishments. Barack Obama's ultimate significance maybe less as a president, then as a harbinger of what comes after his presidency. I know. Even as he campaigns for the highest office in the land and bombing generation was taking shape. You can't you can't. And you're part of. Little younger part of his generation what affected his election have on you and then subsequently the title to Clinton, right? Vollers. So one.

Coming up next