Holy Hierarchy explains how the notions of a Supreme Being in colonial Virginia led to beliefs of supreme human beings and how these beliefs morphed their way into the legal system; ultimately creating racism and turning it into an racism into institution.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020
Basically an 8th Grade book report on racism turned into a documentary. It is filled with mistakes and borderline conspiracy theories. Just another rewriting of history that punishes people by using modern standards to judge those that lived hundreds of years ago. This film doesn't educate people about inequality but instead causes greater division with unfair accusations. Every "expert" commentator only offered scathing criticism but not a single message about how to create unity or growth. Typical doom and gloom feel bad documentary with no solutions or positivity.
This film might be the best explanation of white privilege that I have ever seen. From the very first, when black people were enslaved, justification was made using religious precepts.
My favorite line from the film is “History is like an old tree whose roots run deeply and continue to bear fruit.” People often wonder, innocently, why over 150 years since slavery ended black people continue to struggle in America.
I will get as many as I can to watch this important film.
Yes, another documentary about racism, this one doesn't sugarcoat the facts. How Christianity was forced upon slaves which continues until today in 2020. What stood out to me was the segment on perception and what the mind believes, very powerful and sadly true. Worth watching more than once.
I think this documentary has some excellent points in how to properly term the psychosis of racism and its insidious effects. People tend to not understand just how soaked American history and culture are in racism, and how people who believe they aren't racist keep subtly passing on the legacy from generation to generation. Imagery in this country is used to spread white supremacy propaganda and the height of this is the depiction of God/ Biblical persons as all "white." I'm glad this was called out in this documentary and needs to be more openly discussed.
The problem that I do have with this documentary is how, in my opinion, it condemns the letter of Bible more so than it condemns the weaponizing of the Bible to support the "white lie" as though the Bible was written in the same mind and spirit as the declaration of independence. Christianity bears its orgins in Africa (specifically Ethiopia) but why wasn't that discussed (especially for a documentary to name itself "Holy Hierarchy)? Not being very objective here. Abuse of a system does not make the system in and of itself abusive, and perverting the interpretation of the Bible doesn't make Bible or faith in Jesus futile or without positive effect.
I believe this documentary should emphasize that the American Christian God and Messiah is not same as the God and Messiah of the Bible for reasons highlighted in the documentary.
This documentary historically explains the " Ebb & Flow" of the American social experiment: White nationalism, Black Lives Matter, white fragility, the ADOS Movement for reparations, and religious/political dogmas. As a former minister in the Christian faith this documentary should viewed with open dialogue in every church across America and abroad. D McAdoo
Every American should watch this film! That Bible has done some good but more likely done more harm. Written by white men who believed they were chosen- it has kept the mind frozen of other men, your brother, my brother. I don't want religion mixed with politics and our Constitution is the best we've got as a collective society. Can you declare yourself free from the bondage of a past? We can be much better than our religions would like us to believe.
Very fact oriented. History speaks volumns and proves Camara's thesis. An illusion, born within Europe and planted within the USA, the presence of religion continues to divide God's people. Racism- the tainted holy grounds of white supremacy and greed. Job well done! I'm Proud of You, my Brother !