Let the Fire Burn

 
  • About the Film

    Police set up barricade during the 1978 confrontation outside MOVE headquarters.

    Using archival news coverage and interviews, Let the Fire Burn brings to life one of the most tumultuous but largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern U.S. history, as a longtime feud between Philadelphia police and the controversial urban group MOVE came to a tragic climax in 1985.

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  • Talkback

    MOVE members exit their headquarters during the 1978 confrontation.

    Were you at all familiar with the story of the MOVE tragedy before the film? What do you think the local government and police should or could have done differently? Have you been close to or have memories of another tragic standoff?

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"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

Original Post

Such a story is one that was never approved by black enemies-- to be told. I know several Black Panthers born and raised in Philly, who abandoned that city never to return after this incident transpired.

 

And now I'll be watching, to see just how accurate this account is....

 

 

Thanx 4 the headzup Sumnubian.

 

 

 

This presentation could prove eye-opening to say the least, to any interested. Especially to those who remember Waco, Tx. & Ruby Ridge.

 

These two examples of 'dissension'still receive national attention where the dropping of bombs on black folk (even children) in Philly, are to this day minimized, swept under the rug, or just flat-out ignored.

 

Proof, that we're still not even allowed to die with the dignity of our principles-- no matter how barbaric the policies of a murderous european pathology may be.

 

But I've got the local listing....so we'll see.  

 

 

 

 

I'm looking forward to seeing this when it airs in my area in hopes that with it being an Independent Lense Production, it may shed some light on the truth surrounding the slaughter of these men, women and children, the slaughter of American citizens by our own government.  

 

I think this ended in such tragedy because it was a Police lead operation and we all know the blood-lust American police have for Black people to begin with.  

 

I could never [unless I'm forgetting something] discern what it was exactly, that these people actually did to have our own government officials [via the police] wage a war on these people.  

 

Is it still dangerous for Black people in America to be able to live independent of America's racist White power structure?  I know it was in much of America during pre-Civil Rights era America; this is written in black and white in our history in this country, in America's history.  

 

It just makes me think of how almost all attempts that Black people made to exist and thrive outside the boundaries of America's [racist] White power structure have been met with tragic and deadly consequences.  

 

"Black Wall Street"  of Tusla, Oklahoma and The Rosewood Massacre are only two of the most famous of the countless reoccurring incidents of it's kind all across America, especially in the south, where Black socio-economic independence was met with hatred, jealousy and its demise deliberately orchestrated by racist Whites.  

 

Of course, that little tidbit of Black history/African Americans history in America and it's long-term consequences is conveniently rarely, if ever discussed, while countless hours are spent on, tv shows, movies, opt-eds, essays, books and news an social media, discussing and pointing out each and every failure or negative of any kind in African America, African Americans, Black men, Black women, and even Black children.  

 

But at the same time, I would wager that 99% of African Americans [let alone the rest of America] know nothing about "Black Wallstreet", The Rosewood Massacre [et, al], or even the more recent massacre of the MOVE members.  

 

 

 

 

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