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“They’re constantly faced with the question of, ‘Am I going to stand up against the mob? Am I going to stand up against my friends? Am I going to stand up against bullying? Who’s going to speak for the people that don’t have any voice?’ ”
When Jaffe was raising money for her first documentary, she talked to a potential contributor who discouraged her from including archetypal black-and-white footage of Birmingham’s painful civil rights history.
“She said, ‘We really don’t want to see any more of those hoses and dogs,’ ” Jaffe recalled. And her movie didn’t show the infamous clips of police officers turning high-powered fire hoses and unleashing dogs on civil rights protestors, including children.
But “Our Mockingbird” does.
People often ask her how the high schools in Alabama could still be so segregated.
“Have you ever been to Roxbury?” she asks. “And Dover? It’s all over the country. And kids are not getting educated on an even playing field. That is no more true in Alabama than it is anywhere else.”
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