Random thoughts. Spotlight.


We saw Spotlight on Friday.

The film tells the story of the Boston Globe’s investigation of the priest abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.

You won’t see a better film this year. It is a good respite from all the Star Wars chatter.

Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo have become actors that will get me into a movie house, no matter what film they are in.

There is a scene in the movie when the the newspapers investigative team has  gotten the goods on a few abusive priests.

A few bad apples.

Liev Schreiber, who plays Marty Baron, the newly arrived Jewish editor whose motivation is suspect among Boston’s leading Catholics, tells the team not to go with the story yet.

Mike Rezendes, played by Ruffalo, asks Keaton’s Robby Robinson, the head of the team, “Why are we hesitating? Baron told us to get Law (Boston’s Catholic Cardinal). This is Law.”

Says Keaton,”Baron told us to get the system. We need the full scope. That’s the only thing that will put an end to this.”

It is hard to imagine anyone sitting in a movie theater in Chicago not thinking about the current crisis in our city following the release of the Laquan McDonald video.

Jason Van Dyke is the cop who shot Laquan sixteen times. At least six other cops on the scene lied about what happened.

Those in power don’t want the investigation to go beyond that.

They want us to believe it was a few bad apples.

Each new video of a police shooting seems to be treated as a unique event.

But we need to get the system. We need the full scope. That’s the only thing that will put an end to this.

2 Replies to “Random thoughts. Spotlight.”

  1. Fred,
    Historically there have been many opportunities to “get the system”, none ever went anywhere.
    Why would this one be different?
    Changing the mayor and DA won’t even crack the surface, no matter how well intended the new folks are.

    1. A system is like a grapefruit in that it depends on every part to remain whole. Remove the seeds and it cannot reproduce. Remove the skin an it withers and rots. Remove the juicy pieces individually and you leave pulp, skin and seeds.It cannot be a grapefruit without its parts. The grapefruit grows from trees (metaphorically people), and when you kill it, no grapefruit may grow. You kill the tree and you have nothing. You remove the bad fruit and the grapefruits flourish and reproduce. We must prune our trees and make sure to benefit from the good fruit.and not destroy the entire tree. It’s a long, tedious process to grow healthy fruit and must be forever tended. The bad fruit robs our tee of nourishment. It’s time to pick them off before our tree (us) die. #IndictRahm #IndictAlvarez for a start. We will have to prune more and consistently and thoughtfully.

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