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mississippi Burning video assignment

March 27, 2016 | Author: | Posted in tourism

The 1988 movie Mississippi Burning ‘ directed by Alan Parker , is loosely based on true life events surrounding an FBI investigation that followed the 1964 murder of three civil rights activists by members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK ) in a small Mississippi town . The investigation led to the conviction of some prominent figures in the town including members of both the sheriff ‘s and mayor ‘s offices who were also members of the KKK . The movie documents the methods used by the KKK to control the black community at that time . The well [banner_entry_middle]

masked intimidation violence and murders of black people in the community by the KKK must be seen as acts of terrorism and therefore , the unorthodox methods employed by the FBI to uncover the crime can be justified as necessary and appropriate given the circumstances

The movie portrays a war waged by the KKK against non-Anglo Saxon people in the South during the early 1960 ‘s . Blacks , Jews , Catholics , Turks Mongols were all targets of the KKK . In fact , the list of unacceptable races or origins was extensive , but in the South at that time , the main target of KKK aggression was black people . The KKK used violence intimidation and coercion as means of controlling the black people and creating a culture of fear in the community . So effective were these tactics that even non-racist members of the community , such as the deputy ‘s wife in the movie (played by Frances McDormand , who were sympathetic to the plight of the black people , were afraid to speak up or voice their opinions for fear of backlash and reprisal

While an all-encompassing definition of terrorism is difficult to pin down , the Jackson , Mississippi Division of the FBI defines terrorism as the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government , the civilian population , or any segment thereof , in furtherance of political or social objectives The United Nations goes further to state that terrorists are usually clandestine and that the immediate human victims of violence are generally chosen randomly or selectively from a target population , and serve as message generators ‘ Based on these definitions , it is clear that the actions of the KKK were indeed terrorism . The violence perpetrated by the KKK against the black people in the community was unlawful , intimidating to the civilian population , anonymous (KKK members wore cloaks , and random means of sending a message to the larger population

In the movie , two very dissimilar FBI agents head the investigation into the disappearance of the three activists . In the beginning , the investigation is lead by Agent Ward (played by Willem Dafoe , a young very correct and by-the-book northerner . He does not understand the unwritten rules of the South and therefore , his methods fail to yield the results that he hopes for or has achieved elsewhere in his short but successful career . In fact , his investigative techniques actually jeopardize the safety of the black people in the area because the KKK watching… [banner_entry_footer]


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