In his powerful new book, A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation
(Oxford University Press, 2020), Greg Garrett brings his signature brand of theologically motivated cultural criticism to bear on this history.
After more than a century of cinema, he argues, movies have altered our cultural perspectives in the same way that religious narratives have. And in fact, religious traditions offer powerful correctives to our cultural narratives.
A Long, Long Way
incorporates both cinematic and religious truth-telling to the subject of race and reconciliation. In acknowledging the racist history of America's national art form, Garrett offers the possibility of hope for the future.
is a professor at Baylor University, teaching classes in creative writing & religion and culture.