Movie Moles on Fruitvale Station

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 12:00am
Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss the film about the rent-a-cop killing of Oscar Grant in 2009

Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss Fruitvale Station, the dramatization of Oscar Grant's killing by Bay Area Rapid Transit guard Johannes Mehserle on New Years Eve 2008. They discuss some of the complexities of fictional films about real events, and suggest that director Ryan Coogler's film overcompensates for the otherwise negative portrayals of young Black men in mainstream media. They also consider the contrast between community intervention to defuse tense situations and the tendency of police to escalate violence, as well as the irony of appealing to the criminal injustice system for redress of grievances.

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