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Not Funny

RECEIVED Wed., March 20, 2019

Dear Editor,
    I saw the film The Day Shall Come during SXSW ["SXSW Film Review: The Day Shall Come," Daily SXSW, March 16], and have a strong negative reaction. If Mr. Morris wants to make a comedy about inept U.S. law enforcement, the ending should be funny for all the characters. If he wants to make a statement about law enforcement entrapping innocent people, then don’t make a comedy. It is not funny.
    The movie was described as the following: “Based on 100 true stories, the explosive new film from Chris Morris is an emotionally gripping, laugh out loud thriller that exposes the dark farce at the heart of the homeland security project: It is harder to catch a real terrorist than it is to manufacture your own.”
    Based on that description, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Chris Morris, who is from England, was very funny as he introduced the movie, [and] said that it was based on an absurd story he heard about U.S. Homeland Security entrapping people who clearly had no intention of harming anyone, but got encouraged by law enforcement to plan a trip from Florida to Chicago on horseback to destroy a building. The trip never happened and the man/men were arrested and convicted. He thought this was pretty funny.
    The movie is very funny. The FBI and local police are made to look like idiots. Actually, I thought every actor/actress did a truly great job. It was all very slapstick.
    Then at the end, the inept FBI agents are all promoted but the four individuals who were entrapped and were the only black characters in the movie were all found guilty and given long prison sentences.
    Well, perhaps that is funny to an English director, but it wasn’t funny to me. Injustice is not funny. It happens too often in this country.
    
Lora Ann Gerson

Don't Forget Education

RECEIVED Wed., March 20, 2019

Dear Editor,
    In 2015, Austin Independent School District had five schools named after Confederate soldiers and leaders, and three schools named after men instrumental in slavery and ethnic cleansing in Texas. In the immediate aftermath of the massacre in Charleston, the Board of Trustees moved to rename the five Confederate-named schools. Unfortunately, they moved a little hastily. The Confederate-named schools were named after different kinds of Confederates at different times and deserved different consideration; community input should have been taken prior to demanding the name changes.
    But what the board chiefly left out was education. The most important task of the board was to take advantage of this controversy to teach the history of the honored men – what is troubling and what is decent about them – and the history of school segregation in Austin. There was a pro-segregation race riot at McCallum High School in 1971, 15 years after Brown v. Board. AISD was declared minimally desegregated over a quarter-century after Brown. The district remains informally segregated. People need to know about this.
    Whatever the board, paying due attention to community input, decides to do with the names of our schools, it must take this occasion to educate students, faculty, staff, parents, and the city as a whole, about our racial history.
Dr. Bryan Register
Lead Organizer, De-Confederate Austin
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