Now, gentlemen, I am not saying that the white people of Detroit are different from the white people of any other city . . . I know what prejudice growing out of race and religion has done the world over, and all through time. — Clarence Darrow in 1926
Within weeks of the WWII heroism served up in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk comes Katherine Bigelow’s new film, Detroit. The contrast is stark: there is no celebration or victory in the latter film’s trip back in time to a domestic battlefield. The Detroit Rebellion began on July 23, 1967, when an unlicensed speakeasy club in the city was raided by police. The resulting riot generated an insurrection ignited by racism, police violence, African American unemployment, and poverty.