The Butler Serves Racial Equality

Review of The Butler, Directed by Lee Daniels While ostensibly a film about a longtime butler in the White House, Lee Daniels’s The Butler is actually about the civil rights movement. The film was inspired by a Washington Post article about Eugene Allens, who served as a White House butler under eight presidents. The Post article appeared the Friday after Barack Obama’s presidential election win—a nod to his victory as a culmination of civil rights history. The audience is treated to the tale … [Read more...]