"Mississippi Burning" by Allan Parker - Analytical Essay: (Racism and Prejudice)

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Mississippi Burning – Analytical Essay

"Mississippi Burning", directed by Allan Parker, is set in the state of Mississippi, 1964. In this film, Parker shows that he feels sorry for black people, by strongly portraying the levels of racism and injustice towards negroes, which was implemented by white people (the Ku Klux Klan in particular) within the state. The Ku Klux Klan was a group of white people who believed that negroes were filth, and that they didn’t deserve to live equally among white people: “We want beautiful babies, not ones with brown faces”. They conveyed their message through strong acts of violence, to instil fear in the hearts of all negroes, and the majority of the state’s population were forced into racism, in fear
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The boys realize that one of the cars is a police car as it puts its flashing lights on, so they pull over to talk to the policeman. The sheriff speaks to the boys like they are filth, and rudely invades their space by sticking his face right up to theirs to threaten them: “now you listen to me Nigger loving Jew boy”. He then shoots all three boys without hesitation, and amidst the three men’s raucous laughter, he says: “I shot me a nigger”. This shows that members of the KKK get some form of joy out of being cruel to negroes, and that they don’t value black people’s lives any more than animals.

Parker feels great pity towards black people, and is extremely critical of the white people in Mississippi, and shows them as ignorant and stupid in the film. He also highlights that they act as if nothing is going on, and they believe that black people are treated as equals. In one scene there is a group of black people singing in a church, and again it is a sad song that they are singing, so that the audience is reconnected with the pain that the negroes are suffering. When they exit the church, members of the KKK are waiting for them, so they try to get away but the members chase them down and bash them. One little boy just closes his eyes and stands still instead of running, and the camera focuses on him for a while, until a KKK member walks up to him. Parker uses silence during this part of the

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