Rosewood

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For those of us who are not idiots, we have to sit through two-and-a-half hours of director John ("Boyz n the Hood") Singleton reminding us how bad it is that a group of white Floridians shot up the town of Rosewood in 1923 and murdered most of the black residents.

What's the world's biggest threat? Hunger? Euthanasia? Animal cruelty? The Greenhouse Effect? War? The Macarena? Nope, it's none of these. Earth's number one menace is simple: idiots. They should be everybody's first priority. All you have to do is walk outside and you're likely to see one. Most people could save themselves a walk and just look in the mirror.

That's why films like "Rosewood" are so damn annoying. They're made for the idiots. So, for those of us who are not idiots, we have to sit through two-and-a-half hours of director John ("Boyz n the Hood") Singleton reminding us how bad it is that a group of white Floridians shot up the town of Rosewood in 1923 and murdered most of the black residents.

The people in the film who turn out to be good are the ones who don't shoot others, at least not without a reason. Mr. Wright (Jon Voight) turns out to be the only decent white guy, although idiots will learn that one should not value money more than people. Mann (Ving Rhames) is also a good guy, because he saves people, although he does shoot some of the white people, but only for self-defense purposes.

You can tell the film was made for idiots because as it chronicles the developments that led to the Rosewood massacre, it labels each sunrise. First there's "Friday," then there's "Saturday" and then there's "Sunday." Usually I understand that when one day is Friday and it's dark and the director cuts to another day and the sun is up, it's usually Saturday. But you see, the idiot doesn't usually get this, just like they don't get that racism is a bad thing and that we probably shouldn't shoot each other.

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