Near the end of the film, I couldn't help but wonder if this project - born out of an 8th Grade class about the Holocaust - has made any inroads into the political fabric around Whitwell, Tennessee.
I guess I'd be surprised if the local townsfolk failed to side with the intolerant Bush regime in the 2004 election, or if the 125 or so students who've been in that class (over 5 years) have made enough townspeople draw the parallel to what happened in 1930s Germany.
A posting on a website (months ago) still causes me a lot of heartburn. It documented a conversation between some Plano soccer moms, who complained that our society is too tolerant of others, and how we should restrict those people. I suppose that they don't realize how tolerant others are of their intolerance. Perhaps one day, their SUVs, pastel dresses, and shined Sunday (only) shoes will be seen as something to be vilified; odds are they'll be baffled by why they are targeted for hatred.
Somewhat related: I'm not surprised to see the 2005 Texas Legislature living up to their promises. So far, they have
- avoid taking responsibility for their votes (there's no record of how our representatives vote on a given bill);
- told us that it's okay to run red traffic lights (cameras have been banned);
- raised the state sales tax (in the guise of education reform);
- found more ways for the CFRP to help Big Oil profit at the expense of my wallet.