On Selma, Sniper, and Our Misguided Hero Worship

January 22, 2015 10:47 AM

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Imagine a world in which We the People starred in a tent-pole summer blockbuster. We all know the tagline we’d get: “They needed a hero to worship. And they’d stop at nothing to get one.”

Or so you might imagine, given the ritualistic war of words that now surrounds Selma and American Sniper. If the cacophony is to be believed, we are in danger of making too big a hero, or one not big enough, out of Martin Luther King, Jr. We are either papering over Chris Kyle’s shameful complicity ...

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