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‘One Night in Miami’ isn’t a commentary on current racial strife… instead it illustrates how far America has actually come on race

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The new Amazon film, ‘One Night in Miami’, is generating critical adoration for its powerful performances and for its supposedly timely social commentary on race and racism in America.

The movie, written by Kemp Powers and directed by Regina King, tells the story of a fictionalized meeting between Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown in a Miami hotel room in 1964, immediately following Clay’s victory over Sonny Liston to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

The movie is adapted from the play of the same name and features a series of long conversations and monologues about “the struggle” for civil rights and how “black people are dying in the streets” and “you must choose a side.”

Unsurprisingly, critics are calling it timely and saying it“shines a light on present-day America” because of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests last summer.

These are culturally cheap, socially easy and intellectually shallow lessons to glean from ‘One Night in Miami’. The movie strikes me not as an opportunity to highlight how much racism allegedly still exists in America today, but instead as a testament to the staggering amount of progress made in the last 57 years.

The civil rights movement of the 20th century dramatized in ‘One Night in........

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