"It's a tough job, and at the end of the day, officers just want to get home to their families."
Americans routinely demonstrate a hypertrophied capacity for empathy when it comes to the police who engage in violence, but can never muster much for the victims of it.
It's an old habit, a reflex.
But the thing that i keep coming back to is the thinness of Sam Rockwell's character — a violent racist cop, and a moron to boot — and how the movie basically spends its entire back half w/ him
This dude is a monster. And his racism is the way the movie establishes that the police dept in fictional Ebbing, MO, isn't just incompetent but rotten.
that official antiblack racism is necessarily to establish that the film's protagonist, a white lady, is righteous.
It's all very, very dumb.
His daddy died.
Seriously, that's...it. His daddy died and he's sad. there's nothing else.
That so many people have found it so, despite the movie barely bothering to offer up even the most perfunctory reason to do so, is incredibly telling.
"Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others."