Friday, April 19, 2013

Couldn't Help Himself

As I've noted before, David Denby often turns his column as film critic at The New Yorker into a soapbox.  So I approached his review of 42--the story of Jackie Robinson--with trepidation.

He can't help but discuss the politics of those days in his thumbs up, but he mostly keeps his partisan passions down.  Then you get this finish:

Sixty-six years later, when a black man holds the Presidency, equality may still be, for some, unbearable, but Robinson abruptly moved America forward. “42,” however limited at times, lays out the tortured early days of that advance with clarity and force.

What was that?  Some find equality "unbearable"?  Who, David?  Could you come up with specific examples?

America is fairly united in believing that we shouldn't go back to legalized segregation and that everyone should be equal before the law.  But Denby finds this discredited group worth mentioning. I guess in his world, there are millions of these "some" hiding under his bed, ready to pop out and criticize President Obama at any time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Denby sounds like the kind of guy who prayed the bombers in Boston were Tea Party activists.

5:21 PM, April 19, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They weren't?

6:42 PM, April 19, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's talking about the ones in the 2010's, not the ones in the 1770's.

10:01 PM, April 19, 2013  

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