May 18, 2012
American History X – America (especially suburban America) has been convinced that racism no longer exists. People want to believe that at worst, racism is tucked far away from most civilizations in the back woods of rural Bible Belt states. American History X portrays racism in its current form which strangely mirrors the same hatred of past generations.
Roots – Roots is the first cinematic portrayal of slavery in its true horrible form. It showed the the essence of one of the darkest times in American history from the forced changes of the names and thus the identities of the slaves to make them more pliable for their owners to the savage beatings and murders of the slaves for mistakes, insurrections, and sometimes for no reason at all.
Amistad – Amistad is one of the few recent films that accurately shows slavery as it was, a brutal, gory part of American history.
Glory – Glory shows the role of African Americans in the Civil War. It is full with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broderick. It gives a realistic depiction of both the country and its treatment of slaves and former slaves.
Crash – One of the few movies that focus on the roles that stereotypes play in people’s perceptions of various other ethnic groups and how that perception differs from reality.
Higher Learning – Higher Learning exposes several different issues that involve race on college campuses while focusing on the social experiences of specific college students.
Mississippi Burning – Staged in the volatile small country towns of 1970′s Mississippi, Mississippi Burning deals with the racially charged lynchings, hangings, castrations, and murders by the Ku Klux Klan.
A Time to Kill – A Time to Kill reveals the treatment of colored people by the police in the rural old south when faced with crimes against them. Since African Americans were considered subhuman, crimes against them were often excused. It uncovers a man’s fight to seek justice from a country that has long ignored his people.