"Detroit" Actor John Boyega Discusses Racism Systematic
Detroit is currently playing in theaters across the country.
Detroit, MI – John Boyega latest role in the movie, of Detroit, adds a new layer to his already illustrious career of just a couple of years.
Boyega plays Melvin Dismukes, a black security guard mired in the middle of the police of murder and attempt to cover during the 1967 civil unrest in Detroit. Dismukes was a complicated character whose actions after the event led to many of its African-Americans at the time labelling him an Uncle Tom. Dismukes eventually move to the suburbs after receiving countless death threats.
HipHopDX was able to sit down with Boyega to talk about his role and the state of race relations, while he was in the Motor City for the premiere of the film.
"It was complicated," Boyega says about portraying Dismukes. "It's a complex story, and the Uncle Tom thing has its definition, but for this situation, it gives us a perspective of the questions. If you want to be called an Uncle Tom, in this situation, put yourself in this situation – to see if you would be the Spider-Man of the group, or the hero. That is something that I had to open my mind and approach. It is not easy to always make the right decisions. It is not easy to always be brave. I think that, for the most part, he did what he could. Circumstance has a way of slapping us in the face sometimes. It did him bad, man. He turned the tables and suddenly, he was being accused of murder in the first degree."
Boyega also spoke about the correlation between this story and the state of surveillance in America today. "It is not clean, however, Boyega, he says. "Nothing has been done in terms of change. It is a difficult situation. You are going through a lot of states. Not only here, however. There is a global conversation happening now race relations, specifically black people, in the united kingdom, Brazil [and] all over the world. This is a story that states that the majority of people do not know about that is very interesting, [because] that connects the p