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I dearly love the film and maintain that its one of the great pictures from the last 10 years I dont know what the director of this movie Spike Lee intended the moral to be but my take on the film has always been that NO ONE does the right thing and this is the cautionary element of the movie The racial message about racial injustice is very deep and one that every race should see The climax of the movie is very powerful and deep The heat is blazing tensions are running high especially racial ones and under this kind of pressure no one behaves according to common courtesy and decency The entire film is a chain of uncontrolled outbursts of anger that lead to everyones misery The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability could be wrong so is the belief that a particular race is superior to others Anyone can have a belief like that - black white whatever I am not about to buy into this rhetoric that any race shoulders 100 of the blame for racism in America today Indeed but racism is a belief not an action Sociologists clearly delineate between prejudices and acts of discrimination One can be racist prejudice and not act on it discriminate By the same token one can discriminate against others and not hold racist beliefs prejudice There is simply no way short of telepathy to determine if anyone is truly racist One can easily assume that Adolf Hitler was a racist based on his writings and horrific actions but there is absolutely no way to know for sure that Hitler truly hated Jews or simply used the hatred of Jews as a convenient means to attain power Anyway those in a position of power have more opportunities to act discriminatorily than those without but I see no evidence to suggest that The Powers That Be are more likely to
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