Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

We’re reminded here that the FBI considered the Black Panthers a domestic terrorist organization, completely understandable given that the BPP didn’t just talk about killing “pigs.” But the FBI’s methods were a touch heavy-handed to say the least.

Will today’s FBI be as diligent in breaking up, say, the Proud Boys? I think we all know the answer to that. The timeliness of this film coming out in tandem with the ascendancy of the Black Lives Matter movement is worth noting, of course, but the issues brought to the fore by both that movement and this motion picture are so much more than just timely.

We would all do well to recognize that just a few short years ago a movie about a controversial, militant group like the Black Panthers, brought to us by filmmakers who are best suited for telling such a story, would never be allowed to achieve a profile as broad as “Judas and the Black Messiah” has been given. It fully merits such a platform.