Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

heighten the contradictions.

in rewatching this last night (with subtitles, which really brings out the excellence of Kaluuya's vocal performance -- give him the Oscar), I was compelled by how Hampton and O'Neal both are slowly drawn to the occupations that directly contradict their purpose as Panthers. for Hampton it's fatherhood; O'Neal loves the power he feels from being an informant. it makes him feel like Fred.

the conversation between Hoover and Mitchell is all about the establishment of a white supremacist state long after either of them would live to see it. Hoover prods Mitchell's feelings on his eight-month-old daughter dating a Black man in fifteen years not to gauge if Mitchell is as racist as the rest of the FBI, but to see if he's as committed to the establishment of this state for the next fifteen, thirty, one hundred years. why stop now? why stop ever? hard to tell if they'd consider today's America a successful state.

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