As John Legend said, Selma is today. Since 1965, a lot has happened, our perspective of civil rights and equality changed, and as we look back at what Martin Luther King did, we are thinking... "How can something like that happen, in a country that is known as the United States of America, where freedom, equality, civil rights, society, law, and opportunities are so important?" Last year 12 Years a Slave showed us that being black in the 1800s was extremely oppressive, limiting most black folks to being slaves in the US. We had of course Django, and Lincoln, but as we watched these movies, we kept thinking that this had been a long time ago, and this kind of brutality has vanished from our generation.
Selma shows us that in fact even decades are not enough to change something; that requires a change in our thinking and a change in the political thinking around the world.
Everything is tolerable when we don't know much about it, or we keep it under the surface. But these kinds of problems can't be hidden, and must be shown to the public.
Selma is not about being black. It's about fighting for what we believe, and fighting for the rights that everybody has already earned, by being a US citizen. Martin Luther King Jr. was a well-known activist, but I doubt that everyone knows what he has done for a better, more tolerant world, where every man and women, child and elder can live together as one, regardless skin color, social status, or sexual orientation.
In Selma, a piece of the incredible work that Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished is shown. It is touching, thoughtful, and well portrayed by actor David Oyelowo. The story that the movie tells in fact happened only 50 years ago, and still to this day this story goes on, only the subject changed. Today activist are fighting for various reasons. Not only the voting rights, but still there are issues with police brutality, exclusion, poverty, and sadly this list could go on for pages.
The importance of this movie is simple. Every individual should think about other human beings, who had their rights stolen. The government should pay more attention to these problems, as it reaches high in numbers. There should be more freedom, more chance, and more acceptance. One may not let the other fall, help is needed everywhere, and even a single act of kindness can change lives, as is shown in Selma.