Raw footage for the documentary "None of the Above," and in depth ethnographic look at non voters in the U.S. In this video, Skip Blumberg continues to spend time with non voter Michael Johnson while he works as part of the floor crew at the United Center in Chicago for the Democratic National Convention.
00:00Copy video clip URL Footage of Johnson cleaning the floors at the United Center.
02:00Copy video clip URL Johnson walks and talks about the machines and about his work, pay, benefits, and his aspirations.
06:40Copy video clip URL His co-worker and friend comes up and they discuss their work and plans for lunch.
08:40Copy video clip URL Johnson talks about race relations at work and in the country. He comments on Chicago neighborhoods, noting how the north side is much more integrated than the west side. “He who controls the diameter of your mind controls the circumference of your behavior.” He also comments on the convention and the positive side effect of creating jobs.
14:40Copy video clip URL Johnson speaks about his upbringing in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, commenting on how racially diverse the area was at that time.
16:00Copy video clip URL Johnson speaks about his life prior to getting this job, then later discusses the hardest part of the job. He tries to engage in conversation with a co-worker, who chooses not to be taped. He continues his work, carrying hoses and operating the cleaning machinery while listening to his headphones.
33:53Copy video clip URL Johnson speaks about his long and short term goals for his career and life. He says that he does not have health insurance because he only works part time but that he tries to stay in shape.
36:45Copy video clip URL Johnson speaks with his coworker, learning a bit of Polish in the process.
37:42Copy video clip URL Footage of a protest march on the street. Marchers shout, “Stop police brutality!”
38:58Copy video clip URL End of tape.