What happened in this movie, including all that terrible racism, happened in real life at the time and, sad to say, still does (as we've seen various times in recent years, most notably in Ferguson, Missouri). None of the characters here are blameless, as each contributed to the problems. Watching this movie is an excellent way for parents and teachers to introduce the subject of, and a discussion of, race relations to their teens. What triggers violence can also be talked about. Be prepared for questions.