Hidden Scars: A review of “Black Earth Rising”

Learning extends beyond the classroom and I am so thankful that I was able to see this art and learn more about the horrors of the world and the beauty in new beginnings #BlackEarthRising

The Pedestal Project

By Madalyn McKnight

In one of the first scenes of the show, Michaela Coel’s character (Kate) lifts her shirt up to show the scarred skin from a wound that once hurt her physically but still scars her emotionally and mentally. She exclaims to her adopted mother, “Take a long hard look at it. This is what they did to me”. She is reflecting on her early childhood as a survivor of the Rwandan genocide that occurred in the mid-1990s and claimed the lives of more than 800,000 men, women, and children. This horrendous series of events are not taught in many history classes. I learned about the genocide after watching the movie “Hotel Rwanda” starring my favorite actor, Don Cheadle. The research that took place after seeing that movie really exposed me to the horrors that were taking place in what seemed like a world away.

Black Earth RisingCredit: BBC

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