Traveling an unremitting journey of human folly and yet, redemption, “#WATCh” mirrors the violence that has plagued our great nation, questioning our human rights and liberties. Leaving families with their memories to mourn, there is an enduring struggle in attempt to save a seemingly losing battle of hope. “We must break free…”
Chilling, relevant, revealing describes “#WATCh”, a timely piece that examines the justice system, cultural biases and family values. Traveling an unremitting journey of human folly and yet, redemption, “#WATCh” mirrors the recent tragedies of alleged hate crimes and violence that have affected a nation, leaving us with jilted questions of “What if’s…” What if it was my child? What if the child was of a different race? What if it was the economic status of the home? What if it was the neighborhood they were residing? All relevant questions still based on human perspectives who are still working to “just understand it all”. How these questions may never be answered in totality, the start of coping with our reality of being more emotionally responsible with ourselves and each other is more than a notion. We must deliver an action that creates an effective response to decrease the violence and strengthen community values. “#WATCh” delivers this action.
“#WATCh” mimics perspectives of social injustice and race relations. Examining the social biases that are delivered in the areas of home, school and organized faith practices, we walk through the lives of Charlene, a single mother, who is raising her teenage son. He is under the nightly care of her older parents who were unaware when things took a turn for the worse. Charlene’s son, Maurice, is convicted of armed robbery. Rookie cop, David Ryan, who caught and arrested him now deals with the slander that comes as a result of Maurice’s family response to what they understood as a “brutal attack against their black son”. As the story moves, we take a visit in the classrooms of Mr. King and Miss Avery, teacher and educational activist, who are objectified in their educational approach that causes conflict among parents and students. Going inside the home of Frank Walton who marries, now Mrs. Patricia Walton, we are engaged by this couple's quest to discover mutual parental balance. Patricia, an African American woman of two sons, has moved away from the inner city to start a new life in the suburbs with Mr. Walton, a well to do Caucasian man who wants nothing better than to secure his families happiness. This American dream soon became Pat’s worse nightmare when travesty met tragedy, leaving only her hopes left to bury. From the hands of a neighbor, Bradey Mahoney, the Walton’s home was turned upside down when their teenage son, Thomas, was gunned down only feet from their home. Understanding the need to bring awareness to the human condition of hate and prejudices, her fight was made stronger. Pat embraced forgiveness of self and others that soon would help heal her broken heart and help birth a new faith in the nation.