President Trump’s rally in Tulsa tomorrow scored racial insensitivity points on two fronts: it was originally scheduled for today, Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery; and Tulsa itself was the site of the greatest incident of racial violence in US history, when 35 square blocks of the city’s black district were destroyed in 1921 – by mobs on the ground and by aircraft.
So we can think of nothing better to watch today than Watchmen, last year’s Peabody Award-winning HBO superhero series. The first episode contains a reenactment of the 1921 riots, and the series itself is set in a fictional modern-day Tulsa where white supremacists wage violent war against minorities.
Even better, all nine episodes of Watchmen are streaming free through Sunday, June 21, at hbo.com/watchmen.
Here’s the opening of episode one:
Based on a 1980s DC Comics series, but changed to an exploration of systemic racism in America, Watchmen stars Regina King, named best actress in a drama by the Broadcast Film Critics Association; Jean Smart, named best supporting actress by the same group; plus Don Johnson, Lou Gossett Jr, Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson and many others.
The series aired on HBO late last year, so it wasn’t eligible for January’s Golden Globes, but you can expect it to receive both GG and Emmy noms next time around.
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