Sunday, August 17, 2003

What I’m watching
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Saw most of it recently, for the first time — first time I've seen Frances McDormand in something older than Fargo. The truth is probably somewhere between blog reader Joe Zollars' romanticism and this pro-federal government propaganda. One conservative observation: you can thank modern-sense liberalism, not the real injustice in the old South, for the cultural difference between the good-hearted, religious Southern blacks depicted in it and the goings-on up North depicted in rap. Modernity managed to do what slavery and Jim Crow couldn't: erode the American black family.

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