TARGET: PHILADELPHIA”— A Look at Inequality

“TARGET: PHILADELPHIA”

A Look at Inequality

Amos Lassen

In 1985, the MOVE bombing by Philadelphia police, in which cops killed five black children, we saw the rise of police militarization in the parallel context of black nationalism. “Target Philadelphia” sheds light on structural inequality as it pertains to the African American experience. The film clarifies and contrasts the inherent differences between what is held as the collective American immigrant perception of history with African American history, an inescapably alternative perspective on our nation as a whole that fundamentally questions the veracity of American exceptionalism.

We see the rise of police militarization within the parallel contexts of Black nationalism and the systemic disenfranchisement that brings about movements such as Black Lives Matter. The veracity of American exceptionalism is examined from a targeted perspective. In just 56 minutes, we see “an inflammatory, violent and somewhat forgotten moment in American history.” 

This is a must-see documentary for any advocate of social justice.

 

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