Shenandoah (2012)

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A documentary on the hate crime assault and subsequent death of a Latino man in Shenandoah Pennsylvania, including the alleged cover-up and shocking court verdicts.

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23 December 2014 | timmyhollywood
| Racism is Learned Behavior
Scully. It's all about Scully. The young football player turned stage actor is the pivotal character in this compelling documentary. Scully represents the hope of redemption in the racism that plagues our society.

We're all products. This is never more evident in the film than in the scene where people of region rally with t-shirts declaring "I order my food in English." The ignorance is astounding, worthy of outrage, tempered only by this unassailable fact: it is learned behavior.

Racist parents rear racist children. Ignorant parents rear ignorant children. These people are a product of their society, of deep, systemic issues in the United States, including an amnesiac's perspective on our origins. We all came from somewhere.

To stake some dubious claim, to gather and chant "USA! USA!" ... to be unaware of one's position in this pointless culture of football, of overweight people sneering at anyone whose heritage is not Irish or's just sad.

And that's why Scully is so important. Scully shows us how each individual has a much greater power than the blinding ignorance of group-think. Scully starts thinking for himself, putting himself in the shoes of the victim. He starts to feel something where he was just "empty" before.

That's called compassion, Scully. And it's more powerful than a million people chanting "USA!" in those ridiculous t-shirts. Good for you.

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