Mississippi Burning

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Mississippi Burning (1988) Alan Parker

“This whole thing is so ugly. Have you any idea what it’s like to live with all this? People look at us and only see bigots and racists. Hatred isn’t something you’re born with. It gets taught. At school, they said segregation what’s said in the Bible… Genesis 9, Verse 27. At 7 years of age, you get told it enough times, you believe it. You believe the hatred. You live it… you breathe it. You marry it”

It sounds silly, but to Bruce Bridgeman – and probably only Bruce Bridgeman – Hugo was a legitimately life-changing film. Watching it literally helped him see again.

Bridgeman was born with partially impaired stereovision – better known as “lazy eye” – wherein one’s eyes have a tendency to drift independently, making your brain unable to accurately process depth. But when Bruce saw Hugo in 3D, he was not only able to see the “depth” in the film, but he also came out of the theater suddenly able to perceive, in his words, “a riot of depth” in the outside world.

This sudden dramatic breakthrough did have scientific precedent. A 2011 study documenting five people with impaired stereovision who later learned to see in 3D concluded that people “were most likely to have a breakthrough if the stereoscopic images were reinforced by monocular cues like relative size and shading.” In short, Hugo was so effective at creating the illusion of depth that it helped Bridgeman’s mind establish the necessary synaptic connections to bridge the gap to fully-functioning stereovision.

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Mississippi Civil Rights Worker's Murder 1964

Mississippi Burning

Michael Schwerner   November 6, 1939 - June 21, 1964

James Earl Chaney    May 30, 1943 - June 21, 1964

Andrew Goodman   November 23, 1943 - June 21, 1964

On June 21 1964 the three Civil Rights Activists Andrew Goodman, James E. Chaney and Michael Schwerner were on their way to investigate the destruction of a church that had been a CORE (Congress Of Racial Equality) site, when they were arrested for driving 65mph in a 35mph zone. Being destained for “investigation” their deaths were plotted by racist Sheriff Rainey, deputy Cecil R. Price and several members of the Ku Klux Klan. After their release in the evening the activists were followed by two carful of KKK members that trailed the young men, being on their way back to their quarters in Meridian, until they caught them on a remote rural road. Schwerner and Goodman were shot and killed immediately, Chaney after being chain-whipped and mutilated. Their bodies were buried in an earthen dam nearby, their car set on fire in an abandoned road.

44 days later, their bodies were found after the largest and most televised search at the time. The case is referred to as “Mississippi Burning” by the FBI and is renowned as one of their greatest accomplishments.

The assassinators have been charged but never been convicted.
In 2005, the then-80 years old Edgar Ray Killen, who was regarded masterminding the entire event, was indicted and finally convicted murder and manslaughter in three cases. It had been the first time that the state Mississippi took action against the perpetrators. 

Freedom rider
They cursed my brother to his face
Go home outsider
Mississippi’s gonna be a burial place

He was singing on his knees
An angry mob trailed along
They shot my brother dead
Because he hated what was wrong

He was my brother
Tears can’t bring him back to me
He was my bother
And he died so his brothers could be free
He died so his brothers could be free

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In June 1964 three American civil rights workers, James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were went to Mississippi to help people of color register to vote and establish schools.  They disappeared and were reported missing to the FBI.

44 days later their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam not far from the remains of their vehicle.  They had been shot and buried by local members of the KKK, some of whom were also law enforcement officials. 

The Mississippi state government refused to prosecute so the FBI brought charges against 18 suspects, only 7 of whom were convicted.  None of these men served more then 6 years in jail.

I was going to write a commentary about this, but I do not believe I need to.