Application of the Critical Theory
The cause of racism from the drama "Mississippi Burning"
Plot Summery by Walter Jensen: The film Mississippi Burning is inspired by the historical murders of three young civil rights workers (James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman) by the Ku Klux Klan on June 21, 1964. Willem Dafoe plays Alan Ward, a northern FBI agent morally outraged by the racism he finds in the South. While, Gene Hackman plays Rupert Anderson, a FBI agent and a good ol' boy from Mississippi. These two uniquely different characters try to work together to discover what actually happen to the three civil rights workers. Counter to the events in the film, history has shown that the FBI was not the heroes of the day. This is due to the director of the FBI, Edgar J. Hover, was personally indifference to civil rights movement. Ignoring the historical errors in the film, one scene stands out, the conversation in the hotel room were the two FBI agents discuss the cause of racism.
Anderson: Down here they see things a bit differently. People down here feel something's are worth killing for.
Ward: Where does it come from, all this hatred?
Ward: I think that's an excuse.
Anderson: No it's not, excuse. It's just a story about my daddy.
Ward: Where's that leave you?
Anderson: With an old man who just so full of hate that he didn't know that being poor was what was killing him.