So, yes, for the fucking love of God, movies matter. TV shows matter. Novels matter. They shape the lens through which you see the world. The very fact that you don’t think they matter, that even right now you’re still resisting the idea, is what makes all of this so dangerous to you — you watch movies so you can turn off your brain and let your guard down. But while your guard is down, you’re letting them jack directly into that part of your brain that creates your mythology. If you think about it, it’s an awesome responsibility on the part of the storyteller. And you’re comfortable handing that responsibility over to Michael Bay.
AKA Why Representation Matters.
December 4, 1969: Two Members of Black Panther Party Killed By Police
On this day in 1969, Black Panther members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were killed by 14 police while sleeping in their apartments in Chicago, Illinois. The raid was led by Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan as government attempts to weaken the Black Power movement. Hampton and Clark died at age 21 and 22, respectively.
Delve deeper into the Black Power movement with PBS Black Culture Connection’s special collection feature on the Civil Rights Movement (1954-1985).
Photo: Black Panther Convention, Lincoln Memorial circa 1970 (Library of Congress).