BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi native and activist has been outspoken about wanting to change the state flag. Her protest in a New York City club made national headlines last year, but it also caught the attention of documentary filmmakers.
Genesis Briggs, better known as Genesis Be, made a trip home to Biloxi with a camera crew in tow. The documentary entitled, "Confederate Pride, White Supremacy, and My State Flag" was just released on Moral Courage Project's website.
The opening scene of the documentary shows Genesis Be on stage publicly protesting the confederate flag last year in her now home of New York. She can be seen wearing the flag and hanging a noose around her neck.
"I just channeled this feeling into an artistic expression. That's really all it was. I had no idea it was going to blow up like it was," said Briggs.
Her protest made headlines and garnered some negative attention, but it also caught the attention of Moral Courage Project.
"Moral Courage produced the documentary when they saw what I was doing with my protest when I was going back to Mississippi," said Briggs.
The camera crew followed her back to her hometown of Biloxi, where she set out to talk to those fighting to change the state's flag and those who support it fully.
"People think Mississippi is just black and white. They think Mississippi is home to the racists, home to the homophobes, but I know different. I was raised there. I know Mississippians at the core of it have a good heart," said Briggs.
In one scene, Genesis talks with a childhood friend who supports the flag, but they're able to find common ground and see each other's point of view.
At this point, Genesis hopes the documentary continues to shed light on the controversial flag and, hopefully, make people aware that there are people working toward making a change.
"So, it's going to be on Mississippians for us to come together and compromise and reconcile and look deep down and figure out are we going to move forward unified or are we going to stay divided," said Briggs.
Briggs says unlike her first protest, the response to the documentary has been overwhelmingly positive. To check out the documentary in its entirety, visit http://moralcourage.com/role-modeling/