Remembering Oscar Grant & Immortalizing Trayvon Martin: Why Do We Need Movies?

Oscar Grant III(1986-2009)

Oscar Grant III(1986-2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Sophie Jacob

Sitting in the Angelika Theatre in downtown New York City on Friday night, waiting for Fruitvale Station to start, I did not know what I was in for.

The movie is about the death of Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day, 2009 in Oakland, California. Grant, an unarmed 22-year-old African-American man, was with friends and his girlfriend on the way home to his daughter from New Year’s festivities when he was shot by a police officer. Having closely followed the Trayvon Martin trial, I felt prepared for the movie. I thought I knew enough about one law-enforcement-on-young-black-male crime to appreciate another.

I was wrong.

The film, by 27-year-old Ryan Coogler, begins with the shaky footage of the actual shooting. Unlike Trayvon Martin’s killing, Grant’s had a subway-station full of witnesses. Camera phone videos surfaced of the murder. The grainy video opened the film. After leaving me shocked and horrified, Oscar Grant, played by Michael B. Jordan, and his girlfriend, Sophina, appear on screen.

As I was taken on a tour of the last day in the life of Grant, I became so emotionally invested in all the characters. I felt such a connection to them that when the shooting occurred later in the movie, I was praying along with his family on screen for him to survive. At the end, when it was revealed the BART officer served just 11 months for his heinous crime, it was too much to handle.

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2 Responses to Remembering Oscar Grant & Immortalizing Trayvon Martin: Why Do We Need Movies?

  1. Ibida says:

    What Did You Expect? This Country Was Built On Violence, And Economics! THE 5 MAJORS
    1. M 2.O. 3.N 4. E. 5. Y MONEY (QUITE AS IT IS KEPT TRAYVONS MOTHER GOT A LOT OF IT) MOHAMMED SPEAKS
    From The Backs From Our Ancestry And People Of Color AmeriKKK YOU LIVE IN TYRANNY!
    My Father Was Almost A Trayvon Martin and He is 79 Years Old Once Again JUST Going To The Neighborhood Grocery Store, That he Has been Going To For 25 Years, After Church Getting Some Greens For Dinner. Driving His Car. Pays his Taxes Good Credit Retired From 2 Full Time Jobs, And Owns His Own Home. MARRIED TO MY MOM FOR 50 YEARS A Man Of Color in THIS COUNTRY
    YOU CANNOT
    DWB-Drive While Black
    TWB-Talk While Black
    LTMWB-Listen To Music While Black
    GTTGSWB-Go To The Grocery Store While Black
    EWB-Eat While Black
    wwb-WALK WHILE BLACK
    ETC-WHILE BLACK

    HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A BLACK FLAGG AT THE UNITED NATIONS? AFRICAN AMERICAN FLAG AT THE UNITED NATIONS,? NEGRO FLAG AT THE UNITED NATIONS?
    THANK G-D THAT I HAVE CLAIMED SOVEREIGN -MOORISH DECES OF SOUTH AFRICA
    QUEEN IBIDA EL-BEY

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