Politics seeps into theaters


Many are unaware of the controversial documentary “2016: Obama’s America” that has been in theaters for the past month.

The movie, written by Dinesh D’Souza, president of King’s College in New York City and a New York Times best-selling author of books such as “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” and “Obama’s America,” has been causing a storm of controversy since its debut.

The film showcases ideas and assumptions leading to America’s downfall if President Barack Obama is re-elected.

D’Souza investigates Obama’s background and heritage and explains how it affects his actions while in office. He starts the film explaining how he feels connected to Obama based on similarities between them – mixed race backgrounds, Ivy League college graduates and sharing the same birthday.

During the film, D’Souza speaks about Obama’s fatherless childhood as well as mentors throughout his life and presents evidence of Obama’s motives as president that will cripple the nation.

            This film has attracted many viewers such as David and Gerrie Fleck, a married couple curious about the president’s past. The Flecks explained their view on the film and the relevance it has on the election.

“Yes, some of the information in the movie is relevant,” Gerrie Flecksaid. “The movie was made to give people the truth about Obama.”

While many viewers believe in D’Souza’s analysis, there are opinions against the film’s showing.

 David Jackson, a professor of history and chairman of history, political science, public administration, geography and African-American studies, voiced his opinions about D’Souza and the film.

“That kind of stuff is nothing but propaganda, controlling one’s mind to try to influence their action,” Jackson said. “D’Souza is just a conservative. He does not understand or appreciate the struggles that people go through. He’s by no chance an unbiased party, in terms of the film, and he lacks credibility. I just think that some of it is driven by desperation.”

The Flecks, Warren and Jackson all believe race was a major factor in the 2008 election.

“I believe a lot of people who wouldn’t normally vote did because he is black,” Warren said. “Only a few people voted for real reasons.”

Regardless of the film or other tactics different parties use to gain votes, it’s important to know as many facts as possible before casting a vote.