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Ryan Bodine

The Molly Maguires To some the Molly Maguires was a criminal organization. However, that depends on your definition of the word criminal. If you define criminal by emotionless and unethical legislation than yes, they are criminals. By the book, black and white, mathematically, they are criminals. But humans arent machines; they see things in more shades than just black and white. Emotions, for example, are in different colors, and occasionally jade the way we view our definitions of certain words. Green, the color of envy, can change the definition of the word power or wealth from that of a positive connotation, to something worth condoning. Red, the color of anger, is perhaps the most powerful lens when it comes to changing how we view definitions. Anger can change a man into an animal. It takes a powerful force to shove thousands of years of evolution and society back down our throats and resort to mannerisms of the beasts we once were. But we must look at where the red originates. Black is a color, which contains all other colors, and absorbs them just as it absorbs heat. Black is injustice. As black as the coal miners faces, and as black as the lungs they once breathed freely with. Injustice is the black hole of emotion.

Ryan Bodine

By now youve likely figured out my stance on the Molly Maguire situation. No, I do not believe they were criminals, for the word criminal insinuates that they were committing an injustice. Just because something is on paper illegal, does not mean its not justified. Now comes the obvious question, the hero/villain in this movie is James McParland, the detective who in every way, shape, and form betrayed the Molly Maguires. Is he with the black, or is he with the white? Well he may have been covered in coal for a portion of his detective work, and he might have even begun to sympathize with them, but in the end he committed an injustice. If anything, he should be the one being hung. The police and the US Government are equally as black in this situation. The police during that time pretty much decided their own law. This becomes extremely apparent when they begin murdering Maguires in their sleep. The US Government is equally as guilty. At the time of these events the economic and social policies of the United States were some of the most unjust policies weve seen in the US since slavery. In the end, the only just party was the maguires. Its not surprised that they did not succeed though. The immense infinite black of space will always eventually consume a single dot of a white star in the night

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sky. But at least the stars usually go out with a bang a bang brighter than any other in the universe. That alone is enough to marvel stars, and to keep fighting injustice.

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