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Ferguson, Selma And A Mood For Change

WASHINGTON, D.C - DECEMBER 11 :  Congressional staff members raise their hands on the House side of the U.S. Capitol Building
WASHINGTON, D.C - DECEMBER 11 : Congressional staff members raise their hands on the House side of the U.S. Capitol Building in protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, in Washington, D.C. on December 11, 2014. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

When the film trailer for Primary Colors, based on a novel about the election campaign of a philandering southern Democratic president, came out in 1998, the Monica Lewinsky scandal was in full bloom. I saw it at a movie theatre in Virginia, and when the announcer boomed, “At a cinema near you”, a man in the audience shouted, “It’s already here!”

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