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Righting the wrongs of '42'

Film gets important history wrong but leads to larger conversation

Updated: April 24, 2013, 5:59 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

In 1989, as something of a social experiment in watching how film confronted America's deepest divides, I saw Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" on consecutive days. I was 20 then, a student at Temple University. The first showing was on a Friday night, a packed house on 15th and Chestnut streets in Philadelphia. It was a raucous scene, young whites and blacks leaving the film as they had watched it, at full decibel, electrified by the raw power of the searing images on the screen.

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