Thursday, 5 February 2015

Mississippi Burning

"Mr Bird: Why did he do it? He wasn't even in on it. Wasn't even Klan.

Mr Ward: Mr Bird, he was guilty. Anyone's guilty who watches this happen and pretends it isn't. No, he was guilty all right. Just as guilty as the fanatics who pulled the trigger. Maybe we all are."

Scene 15

What do you think? Have your say!!


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    1. In my opinion, this fragment of the film, the dialogue between the two members of the FBI and specifically what Mr. Ward says Mr. Bird holds an overwhelming truth.

      Mr. Ward tells Mr. Bird who witnesses a crime but doesn't say what he or she has seen, is as guilty as the one who has do it. I agree with this phrase, because if someone sees a crime but says nothing, the criminal goes unpunished, so he or she can keep doing crimes.

      After, Mr. Ward says they maybe are guilty too, thinking that I don't understand, because they have discovered who killed the black guy, they always join the marches of blacks and want to help them.

      It is true that today racism isn't also solved. There are still people who look white to black over his shoulder, as if they were worth no nothing, as if they did not have the same right to live that we... The truth is that it is embarrassing and I don't know how we can live like this.

      In conclusion, it may be that now people are more tolerant to the issue of skin color, but weed never dies, so it is clear that there will always be problems. For the fact of who is guilty of this happening, I think we are all guilty. If instead of complaining ourselves we take off the ass of the couch and we change something, maybe the world will be able to be different.

  2. In my opinion the two members of the FBI particularly what Mr. Ward says Mr. Bird I find truth, although, I not think it was guilty directly.
    I agree that if a person sees you are committing a crime or something not right, must speak and not keep quiet, but you must understand that you might not want to get or have problems.
    A result of that people don't talk, they just look and do nothing, makes these things racists, unjust ... keep going. Therefore I think it's not so much guilty as one who committed the crime, but is partly to blame for not trying to avoid it because it will continue doing.

    Today there aren't longer many racist problems as before, but still misunderstandings. Many people think, they are superior for being one color or another. It doesn't seem fair to judge people for being black or white, we're all people and we're equal and deserve the same respect.

    In conclusion, today no longer there so much racism and people respect more but still there are still problems with this. That's why whenever we see who is committing an injustice, just for being black or white, we mustn't remain silent, must speak because if just not being somehow guilty.


  3. In this scene, Mr. Ward is talking with Mr. Bird. He says that who witnesses a crime or has any evidence of it and doesn't say what he has seen or what he knows, is as guilty as the one who has committed the crime.
    I think that what Mr. Ward tells to Mr. Bird is a big truth, but we don't recognize it, because we don't dare to plead guilty. However, I also believe that he exaggerates a little.

    On one hand, I agree with Mr. Ward. If you witness a crime and you don't say it to the police, you become accomplice of the criminal. You have to collaborate with the experts, because, if not, you are preventing that the cas be resolved.
    I reckon that, sometimes, we act like nothing happened, too. We don't want to get involved in what happens, and we prefer to look the other way and disguise. But if we keep doing this, society will not advance.

    On the other hand, I don't think that if you witness a crime and you don't say what you have seen, you are ar guilty as the criminal. You are guilty too, but not much.
    You haven't committed the crime, and, maybe, you are scared of what might happen if you talk. Maybe, there is a reason to say nothing, and we have to respect it.

    In conclusion, In my opinion, you are guilty too if you don't say what you have seen, but you aren't as guilty as the one who has committed the crime.


  4. In this small fragment of the movie, where intervene two members of the FBI, Mr Ward says Mr. Bird that when a person sees that a crime is committed and doesn't say anything, it's just as culpable than who committed that.

    I think this is really true in large part. Sometimes when someone is in the situation in which witnesses a murder, is nervous, anxious and ignores without saying anything. Maybe, is afraid of what might happen if he says to the police. It's wrong if don't do so because it's complicit and should participate in the research so that such things don't became more and make a better society, but isn't has all the blame. However, what really matters is when someone ignores a situation like on the film. They were extreme and continuous deaths that occured for racist ideas and for this I think is unforgivable shut up a thing like this.

    Now, fortunately, many people don't have racist ideas how showed on the film, but there are still people who continue to discriminate by skin color.

    In conclusion, I quite agree with what you say Mr.Ward, especially when dealing with unjust situations as we have seen.

  5. About the context of the dialogue, Mr. Ward was very angry and altered, so his thought is altered too. It means that however he doesn't have an extreme opinion like this.
    In my opinion he’s not truth. He can’t blame the persons who don't denounce the activities of the KKK because he has to understand that KKK is a very danger organization and if he reports the crimes, he puts his life in danger.
    On the other hand, the person who knows the KKK activities, have the moral obligation of reports them; however it’s not easy for current people face the KKK.
    I don’t remember about who are they talking, but it’s possible that without be a member of the KKK, a current person of Mississippi in the 60s were racist. He can be a current person who, because traditional reasons, don’t like the Negroes.
    In conclusion, the FBI agents are nobody to say if a person is guilty or not, this is judge task, and if he’s angry with the KKK, he can't be angry with the other people too.


  6. In this part of the film, Mr. Bird and Mr. Ward are discussing about what a guilty person is. Mr.Ward says that even if you don't commit a crime, but you know who has made the negligence and you decide to stay quiet and don't say anything, you are as guilty as the one that has carried out the evil.

    I agree Mr.Ward because if you know what a wrong action is, you have to know that probably there are more people involved and there are persons who may be waiting for a answer and also for someone who could finally do a correct thing and act legally. If you are informed about a fact which would produce a change in someone's life and might make it better, I think you should explain it to the adequate human being and execute a good act.

    On the other hand, I believe that we all should know the reasons of somebody before to talk about him or criticize. Maybe that guy is scared, or he haven't got information about how bad is to don't recognize a crime. Everything could form a big impact, and that's why we should think twice.

    All in all, the dialogue between those two characters have a truth I can't explain completely. You are guilty if you don't let the others know the reality about an iniquity. Nevertheless, if we adapt the sentence to our daily life, we realize that we remain silent more than we speak. We prefer to save things for ourselves, although it might be better to don't. Does it mean everybody is a bit guilty?

  7. First of all, I have to say that when I saw this scene I really started tothink about the words of Mr. Ward and the painful reality that show. In this part of the film, the agent of the FBI, Mr. Ward, explains to Mr. Bird the reason for the suicide. He thinks that all the people who sees a crime and don't say anything is as guilty as the person who commits it.
    In my opinion, the thinking of the agent seems certain, because when someones witness a crime, the law call for these people to say who is the criminal. And if you don't help, you not only allowing to the criminals to continue doing bad things, you offend to the person to the person affected by the crime. We have to put ourselves in the situation of the people affected, and we realize that if we were them, we would like to see justice, so if we saw a crime the best will be saying it.

    Nevertheless, I understand the people who don't say nothing for different reasons. In the film, we can see that with clarity; the people who were against with the violence exerted on black people, can try to do something, because the Klan, will hurt or kill them. Even in this life, we have to take care of others, it is in our survival instinct prefer saves our lives to others.

    In summary, I'm in agree with the argument of Mr. Ward because people who pretend to not see these types of things, morally, are also guilty.