I thought it was a great movie. It does show the sad state of race in those times, AND it shows how far we have come as a country. There are pockets of this type of hatred, I'm sure, but without the race baiting industry today led by the likes of Al Sharpton et al, race would not be on the forefront of many people's minds. Racism like radioactivity has a half life from one generation to the next. My grandparents were openly racist, my parents were less so, I am less so, my kids even less, and in my grandkids it is non existant. If not for the constant churning and re-churning by the race baiters, complete healing would be a lot further along.