Brian Ivie, Director of “Emanuel”, Calls Out White People for Expecting Black People to Quickly Show Forgiveness Towards Racial Injustice and Not Leaving Room for Anger and Change

A crowd gathers outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church following a prayer vigil nearby in Charleston, South Carolina, June 19, 2015, two days after a mass shooting left nine dead during a Bible study at the church. | (Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder)

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, filmmaker Brian Ivie, who directed the documentary “Emanuel” about the Charleston church massacre, posted a message to white viewers of the film. He pointed out that among the reactions he has come across, people have left little room for anger.

“As my film, ‘Emanuel’ has gone out into the world, I have seen some of the most amazing reactions. Prayer meetings in movie theaters, long overdue apologies, and town halls on equity and healing. But at the same time, I have also seen many white viewers react with a kind of relief that the black people in the story ‘rightly forgave’ their white killer,” Ivie said on Instagram.

He said he understands that reaction because America’s “white elite,” including himself, are often uncomfortable around people of color that do not fit the category of a “magical” black person.

“Whites are, at the risk of being dubbed a naive Hollywood liberal (which I’m not), disturbed by any black person who shows anger. This is often what’s called ‘white fragility.'”

In June 2015, nine black congregants were gunned down during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church by then 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof. “Emanuel,” released last year and now available for free viewing by Starz until June 16, examines the power of forgiveness as it follows the accounts of survivors and family members of the victims.

Just days after the shooting, several of the family members faced Roof in court and said they forgive him. One even invited Roof to repent and give his life to Christ.

“The fallout from this reaction was, to say the least, complicated,” Ivie noted in his post about the act of forgiveness.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law

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