Mississippi Burning, 1989, Director: Alan Parker
This movie was loosely based on the real-life murder of three anti racism, social activists and civil rights workers; James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman back when America’s racism has become a huge conflict over the nation, especially in the southern states and equality between black and white are very hard to achieve.
When three civil rights workers (two whites and one black) ride through Jessup county. their car is overtaken by some ‘good ole boys’ which is the old term for racist white people who in this case were cops and one of them shoots all three workers but the state claimed they only arrested them for speeding and lock them up before the workers supposedly escaped and never been seen since after being chased out of the county line.
FBI agents Rupert Anderson and Alan Ward drive towards Mississippi. Ward is in charge but Anderson knows more about the intricacies of race relations in the South which made them have a different opinion and approach on the investigation. When the two FBI went into town, the local sheriff are hostile to them because no one there likes the fact that an outsider are ‘poking their noses’ into their case.
Later at the local restaurant, Ward refused to sit in the white only section and talked to a young black man who was later attacked by the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) because beside the no interaction between black and white ‘rule’ they don’t want any of the black people to tell anything to the FBI. The KKK played a big role in the story, that’s why the title of the movie is Mississippi Burning because the symbol of the KKK is a burning cross and burning also happens to one of their preferred methods in killing their victims.
The film gives us the impression that Southern whites are extremely racist and that the blacks are unfortunate victims of their discrimination. I think that pictures the environment and situation of Mississippi during the 1960s very well. Though the movie was dramatized than the actual events but based on many other similar cases of racial injustice from Mississippi, the people were that hostile and dangerous.