Last night I saw the new Cuba Gooding Jr movie Selma. The film chronicles three months in 1965 where Dr Martin Luther King led a campaign to secure equal voting rights for coloureds in the face of violent opposition.
The story of Martin Luther King is well known but this particular event, less so. It is easy to walk away from the film thinking how far we have come. For me, it was a stark reminder of how much is left to do and that oppression and brutality are not a third-world problem. It is in all of our backyards.
I saw the film as a reminder of how one simple act of cruelty or a cutting remark can marginalise a fellow human being.
In the words of the man himself,
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”