Martin Luther King used news cameras as a means of exposing anti-Black violence by white mobs in the 1950s and 60s. Darnella Frazier used her phone to record and post the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin in May 2020. These are just two of many people who have captured images of injustice for the world to see.
The Prophetic Lens takes an important look at the use of the video camera as an indispensable prophetic tool for the security of Black lives and greater possibility for racial justice. Phil Allen shows how the camera can be a catalyst for cultural change, using Walter Brueggemann's Prophetic Imagination as a framework for understanding the concept of "prophetic." Chronicling the use of the camera, particularly in film from J.D. Griffiths' Birth of a Nation to Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, Allen's historical approach reveals how effective this technology has been in achieving the goals of its respective storytellers.
The book highlights both the prophetic potential of the camera and the context of Blackness as a liminal existence amid a context dominated by whiteness.
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About the Author
Phil Allen Jr. is a pastor, poet, storyteller, filmmaker, and justice advocate. A former All-American NCAA athlete, Phil's call to ministry led him to California, where he is a full-time pastor and a PhD candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Open Wounds (Fortress Press, 2021).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Unseen Violence: Blackness as the "In-Between" 13
Chapter 2 Unseen Violator: Unveiling Whiteness 35
Chapter 3 Unfiltered Lies: White Framing of the Black Narrative 61
Chapter 4 Uncovered Truth: A Prophetic Alternative 91
Chapter 5 King and the Cameraman 123
Chapter 6 The Democratization of the Camera 143
Chapter 7 When the Bystander Aims and Shoots 169
Chapter 8 Dramatizing Blackness: Black Filmmakers Retelling the Narrative 189
Chapter 9 Documenting the Image: The Power of the Visual 213