Monday, February 22, 2010

Street Fight

A good political documentary. The film doesn't even go into the issues, really, it just focuses on how many problems Newark has and how the political leadership has failed to solve them. One of the most surprising things for me was seeing Al Sharpton (and Jesse Jackson?) endorse Sharpe James, the incumbent mayor who obviously is not really helping the city. I knew that Jackson played politics quite a bit, but Sharpton, especially during his presidential campaign, struck me as somewhat bombastic, but also a bit separated from partisan politics. He was never going to win even one state during the primaries, so he said a lot of things were really excluded from the mainstream conversation. Seeing him endorse someone who is obviously at the top of a very insidious political machine was a bit disappointing, but I guess it's all in the game.

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