Can White Writers Truly Tell Our Stories? A Look at "Detroit"


Three black teens—Aubrey Pollard, Carl Cooper, and Fred Temple—were killed by law enforcement during a 1967 raid at Detroit's Algiers Motel, sparking civil unrest in the streets.

Released on the anniversary of the events that started a five-day rebellion that left 43 dead and 1,200 injured, "Detroit" tells the story of the young men and women affected by a night that would change the city forever. The movie opened in select cities in July and nationwide on August 4th, earning just $7.6 million—perhaps because critics and moviegoers feel that it doesn’t tell the full story of the highly segregated city and the events that led up to the riots.

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