We now live in an era where people can choose to believe whatever they want to believe, regardless of proof or evidence. From the Laquan McDonald trial to the film “Green Book” to R. Kelly’s song “I Believe I Can Fly” to the Nick Sandmann/Nathan Phillips encounter at the Lincoln Memorial, we wrestle with the ways that reality is contested, both personally and politically.
Discussed this week:
- "Jason Van Dyke Sentenced to Nearly 7 Years for Murdering Laquan McDonald" (Mitch Smith and Julie Bosman, The New York Times, Jan. 18, 2019)
- "Who is America?" (Showtime, 2018)
- "Green Book" (directed by Peter Farrelly, 2018)
- "Why Do the Oscars Keep Falling for Racial Reconciliation Fantasies?" (Wesley Morris, The New York Times, Jan. 23, 2019)
- "Surviving R. Kelly" (Lifetime, 2019)
- The Nick Sandmann/Nathan Phillips encounter at the Lincoln Memorial (Jan. 25, 2019)