Screenwriter Loughery thinks many people will see themselves in the characters he has created, “I think people will identify with the situation. Whatever feelings they have about race and color and relationships, they’ll bring to the theater and they will compare it to the action we’re seeing on screen.”
But its more than just race and color and relationships. It is a tale of prejudice. Edward Murrow once said, “Everyone is a prisoner of his own experience. No one can eliminate prejudices–just recognize them.” And William James observed, “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” Looking in a mirror and truly seeing ourselves is very difficult. We all have prejudice. Getting to know our neighbors -who are different from us, as in the film, is a good way to confront and overcome our prejudices. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is very good advice. Work at it and your life will be richer.