MLK Video: ‘What Would The World Look Like Without Black People?’

As part of the Jubilee Project, a man-on-the-street-style interview video was released on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015 that asked, “What would the world look like without black people?”

After a moment of being taken aback at such a query, participants began to slowly offer answers: “It would look all white,” “The world would look like Hollywood,” “Kind of bland, kind of vanilla,” “Music as we know it would not exist,” “We wouldn’t have a president.”

Then responses began to flow more freely, and with a much more serious tone:

Listen, if people loved black people as much as they love black culture — everything would be fine.

We’ve been put inside this box that we can only be ignorant, that we can only come from single-parent homes, that we can only participate in gangs.

They see thug no matter what.

There were two white people and one Asian man who were asked directly if they had “racist thoughts.” They hesitantly admitted in the affirmative. None of the black participants were asked the same question.

The video ends with footage from the many “Black Lives Matter” marches seen during December of last year, as well as a quote from Dr. King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”


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