Analysis Of The Movie ' Mississippi Burning ' Essay

1008 Words Aug 31st, 2015 5 Pages
Racism is an act of hatred, discrimination, or prejudice against another race other than the individuals own, based on the belief that their race is superior to the other. Alan Parker uses a number of techniques to express the theme of racism in the 1988 film, Mississippi Burning, exploring the acts that white people in the state of Mississippi, 1964, committed against African Americans. These techniques include the use of scenes, dialogue, visuals and sound effects.
Parker introduces many important scenes into the film that stand out and demonstrate clearly the racist attitude and actions of the people of Mississippi, including issues such as segregation, erasure and mistreatment of African Americans, and the violent acts made towards them. An act of segregation is first seen early in the film, represented with drinking fountains. Two fountains, side by side, are shown, one for white people and one fountain for blacks. The white’s fountain is clearly seen as a more expensive model while the black’s fountain is old and in a poorer condition. This scene makes it evident to the viewer the themes and issues of racism that will be addressed in the film. Notably, the signs indicating each water fountain are also at different heights, with the whites higher, supposedly indicating the white’s supremacy. Another example of segregation in Mississippi Burning is the scene at the diner, where the whites and blacks are separated from each other, seated at tables opposite from each…

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