Mississippi Burning Essay, Research Paper
The movie is about the racism in Mississippi in the sixties. It s about the Ku Klux Klan who terrorised anyone with the wrong colour . They Ku Klux Klan burned down their houses, they looked down on every one who was not white, and they had no respect for anyone outside Mississippi.
The story is told in the year 1964 in a little town outside Mississippi, called Jessup County. The people who live there are farmers, and they are pretty much isolated from the rest of the world. The police are corrupt, and they support the Ku Klux Klan, or the KKK as they also are called. If anything happens the police see nothing, and then no one talks about it.
Then one day, 3 young men suddenly disappear after a visit to Jessup County, and no one pretends to hear about it. The young men were sent to talk about the civil rights, it was two white men, and one black. After some time FBI sends two men Anderson and Ward, to clear up the chase. Mr. Anderson is the younger boss with only a little experience, and Mr. Ward is the old cop who has a lot of routine, and his own methods.
They have only been there for a couple off days before they find out that there is something wrong. So Mr. Anderson calls for a lot of backup, and he buys an old motel and builds up a headquarter. Mr. Ward is against the idea, because the citizens in the town cannot like that there are a lot of strangers who mess around in their town.
After some time the Ku Klux Klan gets mad and burns down a lot of houses and Mr. Anderson is getting more and more frustrated. He asks Mr. Ward were all that hate comes from Mr. Ward tells him an old story about his father who was an old farmer and his neighbour who were black. One the day the neighbour buys a mule, with the mule he can plough his field a lot faster, he quickly gets richer and buys a new field. Then one day the neighbour finds his mule dead, someone had put poison in the mule s water. No one never mentioned the mule when they where near Mr. Ward s father. Mr. Ward tells the story because some of the hate comes from envious to the wrong coloured Many Southerner has this hate because they feel that they are better than the foreigners, and that they have no rights because they are, or were slaves. And therefor will the white race in for example Jessup County not allow the black men to get to rich. The Ku Klux Klan is very extreme in their methods, and in the movie we see how they burn down houses, how they beat up women and children in a church, and how they beat up every one who say something to the FBI. In Jessup County the Ku Klux Klan could do what they wanted because the sheriff and the rest of the police were members of the Ku Klux Klan. In the movie the Ku Klux Klan wizard or the boss is Clayton Townley a local business man. And that shows that it s no one special who is in the Klan, it can be the local barber, or the police. It s the men who you can see in the street life, but when they put on their costumes they act like psychos. It s terribly to see that such a big racist problem can happen in this century. It s terribly to see that you can t trust anyone, not even the police, because they also are racists. The movie comes around a lot of problems, and shows a lot of sides you never thought possibly. I like the way the movie is build up on. With the young FBI agent who is very naive and the old agent who had tried everything, and has his own special methods.