NIGGA THEORY: A Brief Exploration

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Directed by Khinmay Lwin van der Mee
Starring Professor Jody David Armour

ABOUT THE FILM

Respectability politics divide the African American community, a belief that being "respectable" combats racism.

"NIGGA THEORY: A Brief Exploration" documents USC Law Professor Jody David Armour living to slam that argument down, noting that his own achievements (graduating from Harvard, then Berkeley School of Lawl, and becoming a tenured law professor at the University of Southern California) did not stop LAPD from handcuffing him and holding him at gunpoint in front of his own home.

He is the son of a "jailhouse lawyer." His father was falsely convicted of drug charges and incarcerated, serving a 22-55 years sentence, but was able to vindicate himself through the jail warden's own law books.

Professor Armour's 1997 book, "Negrophobia & Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in American," (NYU Press) details the Black Tax ALL African Americans face. Over 20 years later, that tax continues.

Professor Armour's message is for solidarity within the politics of respectability divide, saying:

"We all we got!"

  • 23 mins 15 sec

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