Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

fred hampton was a lot of things: the chairman of the illinois chapter of the black panther party, a marxist-leninist, and a revolutionary socialist, who united working class chicagoans of all cultures and fed the city's children, all by the age of 21. when i think of him, which i do nearly every day, i think of pure love. everything fred hampton did was because of his love of the people, and that's why the fbi and the chicago police department, high on white supremacy and fascism, murdered him - a "justifiable homicide," according to the coroner's jury. he was asleep.

i will never forget what my government and my city did to fred hampton, and i often finding myself crying, as i am now, about the potential of his legacy being forgotten. after all, his name was never uttered in any of my classrooms or in my own house: we're supposed to forget about his assassination, about all of the good he did in his short life and the fatherhood he never got to experience. so many people will learn about his love, his leadership, his intelligence, his betrayal, and his assassination because of this film, and for that i am so eternally grateful. daniel kaluuya and lakeith stanfield are phenomenal as always - kaluuya IS hampton, memorializing him in the way a true revolutionary deserves, and stanfield gives a gut wrenching portrayal of the overwhelming guilt that eventually led to bill o'neal's suicide. fred said that "when i leave, you’ll remember i said, with the last words on my lips, that i am a revolutionary." and he was.

"i believe that i’m going to be able to die doing the things i was born for. i believe that i’m going be able to die high off the people. i believe that i will be able to die as a revolutionary in the international revolutionary proletarian struggle. and i hope that each one of you will be able to die in the international proletarian revolutionary struggle or you’ll be able to live in it. and i think that struggle’s going to come.
why don’t you live for the people?
why don’t you struggle for the people?
why don’t you die for the people?"

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