It's Critics of 'Selma' Who Are Distorting Civil Rights History

Thursday, January 8, 2015 (All day)

It's Critics of 'Selma' Who Are Distorting Civil Rights History

by Jim Naureckas

FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Even before it was released on Christmas Day, Selma was under attack.

[Critics]... charged that the fictional film's depiction of the epic voting-rights battle in the Alabama town "misses mightily in faithfully capturing the pivotal relationship–contentious, the film would have you believe–between [Martin Luther] King and President Lyndon Baines Johnson."

...Johnson is the character most clearly intended for white audience members to identify with; no doubt like many of them, he starts out admiring King but not really understanding him, and over the course of the film he comes to realize on an emotional level why King says he cannot wait for political justice. In other words, he's a white man who has something to learn from a black man. Fifty years after the events portrayed in Selma, that's still evidently something some people don't want to see.

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