Zaki's Review: Selma

January 12, 2015 7:29 PM

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Early last week, a video crossed my Facebook feed of a young-ish African-American male beating up an elderly gentleman. The discomfiting vid was posted by someone claiming the aggressor was Michael Brown, the black teen who died in a police altercation last fall under circumstances that are, at best, opaque, and was accompanied by the following declaration: "Riots over this man. Demonstrations for this man. Dead policemen for this man. Disgusting." Of course, a simple Google search -- literally three seconds of typing -- revealed that not only wasn't Michael Brown the "this man" in the video, but it had no connection to Brown, and wasn't shot anywhere in his vicinity.

Nonetheless, the narrative was already set for this person, and that was that. Maybe because it was so fresh in my mind or maybe because one can't help but make these connections, I kept thinking about that video and that comment as I sat in my screening of Ava Duvernay's Selma. Arriving in the mids...

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