“Marshall” and the black and white sense of justice

I watched the movie Marshall not long ago. I watched the movie at the Southcenter theatres. After the movie was out I noticed that several persons also exiting were African American and I did not see many white persons. I am not sure if I saw any.

I wondered if I was just imagining things and I went and read some of the reviews at rotten tomatoes. One of the reviewers says this, “I may have been the only white person in the theater, and it was interesting to watch it in the company of about 200 African-American women of about my age (ie old) who had come together on buses to see it.”

I was carrying the book Convicted in the dental office today and one of the assistants asked about the book. I gave him a few sentence summary and then noted that he was the 3rd person to ask me about the book and he and the two others, by seeming chance, were all black in race. My white waitress friends at Twin Peaks had not asked about Convicted but the black waitresses at Twin Peaks wondered what it was, and it turns out that, if we think of those two waitresses as African American, the book relates to them as a matter of justice. (At Twin Peaks, waitresses commonly chat with customers about daily life or friendly things, and not simply the menu or the food, so it is normal for a waitress to ask me about a book, if she desires.)

In fact, for the first mixed race waitress who asked about the book, I described to her the story in non-racial terms, she asked if she could guess that the innocent guy was black and the cop who lied to put him in prison was white.

She was right; I did not pick up the book to read about black racial liberation, but to read the story of a mostly innocent guy struggling to forgive a formerly bad cop who did evil by lying in court while reporting God was talking to the mostly innocent black and leading him to forgive the evil-doer. I saw the story nonracially and she, a very pretty mixed race woman who was a cheerleader in some mostly white schools, correctly guessed that there was a bad racial component to the story.

Anyway, it is a poor thing that it is not more whites who also go to see Marshall, since Marshall’s life was an important part of American justice and we learn more about the outworking of justice and of racial justice in the movie. Unless we live in Harlem, south LA, or Compton, then, we would hope that whites outnumber blacks in the audience of Marshall or something is arguably wrong with their social conscience.

I told the dental assistant that there was surely injustice in some police departments but I had no idea how much or how little but I don’t think it is as much as blm advocates claim, cause BLM at times defends blacks who got killed while attacking cops or an ordinary civilian such as Zimmerman. Blacks who attack cops or civilians and get killed are not comparable to a person shot for innocent conduct.

The dental assistant is from Mobile, Alabama and says that not long after he left the state, the Klan marched in his city and he said that march took place about a month ago.

I don’t think that police and prosecutors oppress blacks here, but whether they do so in Mobile, Alabama I do not know. The dental assistant and I did not talk enough to get to whether or not police are harmful and do much evil there. I sympathize with both the Klan and with blacks who have been wrongly oppressed and also like the black Christian musician who led a bunch of Klan out of the Klan by befriending them.

So “should” more whites go to see Marshall in lieu of some of their other entertainment choices? In comparison to football or to IT or to Foreigner and the Kingsman, I would guess, yes.

If you are a northwest news reporter and wish to converse with the black fellow from Mobile, Alabama who is convinced that police are sometimes unhelpful or irritating I’ll ask about putting you in touch. There are no racially indicative photos on the cover the Convicted book, but the African Americans wish to ask about it.

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