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Commentary: A long way from the 1950s ... or are we?

Commentary: A long way from the 1950s ... or are we?

Way back in the late 1950s, my parents and I frequently went to the movies. On one occasion, we went to the College Theater in Swarthmore, Pa., near our home, to view a film called "Sapphire." My guess is very few of you, if any, have ever heard of, much less seen, this film, which was made in Great Britain. "Sapphire" begins with the murder of a young woman. The police have no clues but are astonished to find that while the victim, named Sapphire, is white, her brother, and only next of kin, has coal black skin. They were from a mixed marriage, he explains to the police, one of the parents being from the West Indies. She had lighter skin than he, and he suspects she...

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