I saw Selma on Tuesday January 13th and was really moved by the powerful message that the movie portrays on screen. Martin Luther King Jr. is someone who I greatly respect because of his non-violent approach to achieving civil rights and equality for black Americans in the 1960s. As a student of political science and history I want to know about past injustices and what it took to overcome systematic oppression and racism in the USA through the Civil Rights Movement. Considering the current racial tensions in the USA this movie is extremely relevant and timely. As a Canadian I come at it as an outsider to the socio-political context of the USA but the impact that King and the Civil Rights Movement had is profound. The lessens must be learned. Institutional discrimination is unacceptable yet still is occurring today in the USA (in)justice system which targets the poor and minorities. Selma shows the brutality humans can show towards other humans because of group identification and racial prejudice, which passed down from parents to their children. However, it is also shows the compassion people have for those who are suffering when people see inhumane acts occur. The film portrays all of this with poignant and powerful words and imagery. The ending is extremely powerful and almost everyone stayed in the theatre until the end of the song “Glory” which is brilliantly sung by John Legend and Common. The disappointing thing about “Selma” is that not nearly enough people will go and watch in the theatres, even with the critically praise it has received. Americans, and people in general, don’t seem to want to reflect on past history that is difficult, but instead would rather go and watch “American Sniper”, which I also saw and thought was a good movie, which makes a hero out of a sniper defending American freedom. Go see American Sniper but also go and watch Selma and reflect on a past that needs to be remembered! My rating for Selma is 9.5/10 stars!
I’m linking the National Post article that caused me outrage when I read it earlier today. Here is my take on the situation below.
The Parti Quebecois is at it again. This time barring residents of the province from voting in the upcoming provincial election because they are not ‘domiciled’! The discrimination is against Canadian students from out of province who have been residing in the province for more than 6 months, which is the residency requirement in most other provinces. This is a blatant violation of rights and needs to be dealt with by the court system. After taking Quebec Government & Politics last semester I learned a lot more about what is going on in the province of Quebec and the reasons why but the actions taken by the Parti Quebecois are inexcusable.
I’ve only ever been to the province of Quebec one time and that was a very short visit to Hull from Ottawa. I have applied for the My Explore French immersion program and am waiting the results of the lottery. I really want to go to Quebec and actually talk to people living in Quebec about the politics to gain an even greater understanding. As some who was born in Ontario, but has lived in British Columbia for 25 of my 27 years, I speak as someone outside the political climate in Quebec. That doesn’t mean as a Canadian I’m not allowed to have an opinion on what is going on in Quebec as it affects the rest of Canada. The upcoming Quebec provincial election will be extremely telling as to the direction Quebecers decide to go in. Hopefully, it will be in the right direction and the provincial federalist Liberals win a majority government.