Kathryn Bigelow Does the Wrong Thing in Detroit

‘God save us from white liberals,” a black TV news anchor told me as we exited a press screening of Cry Freedom, the 1987 biopic about the late South African activist Stephen Biko. I repeated that lament to myself while watching Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit. Once again, Hollywood uses history to show off liberal sanctimony, this time through a story set during Detroit’s 1967 race riots. Bigelow, best known for the Iraq War film The Hurt Locker, uses the Detroit conflagration as a way of...

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