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Movie recalls images of prejudice in America

Aug. 20, 2013 at 3:20 a.m.


Editor, The Advocate:

From the recent review of the movie "Lee Daniel's The Butler" in the Get Out section of the Advocate, one could reason that it's not all that good. I went to the movie with a prejudged opinion based on the review of the movie critic. I should not have allowed myself to be lead down the prejudiced path.

Since the movie was inspired by a true story, I don't know how many of the scenes were depictions of actual events. I do know that I was quickly drawn into the story emotionally during the cotton field scene. And I was emotionally tied the rest of the way.

Scenes of the struggles that Americans lived through during the life of the main character flashed before my eyes, bringing back memories. I remembered the civil rights unrest and Vietnam War that came to me through my parents' TV. Although I don't remember any segregated water fountains or restrooms in Victoria, I do remember the dividing walls in the since demolished Uptown and El Rancho movie theaters. Like the actor portraying JFK stated while viewing scenes of African-Americans being beaten and hosed in the streets, I, too, was profoundly changed. I was again changed when the butler went back to the home of his youth and stated that these places were like the concentration camps of the Nazis. That thought had never entered my mind. It's there now!

In my life's journey of almost 63 years, my faith journey has traveled down a road of mystery. One of the most perplexing mysteries to me is how this all came to be in America.

How is it that a predominately Christian country that cherishes freedom and embraces the "do onto others as you would have others do unto you" teaching has such a dark scar on its soul?

Perhaps it has been lead down the same prejudiced path that I allowed the movie critic to take me.

Mike Laza, Victoria

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