I'm a tough critic. YET: I'd give this movie a 5-star rating. It was excellent, especially considering the topic. (It was a movie about the political activism and murder of Fred Hampton, chair of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party, by the FBI in 1969). As good as it was, I have 5 little qualms that I'd like to share about it...
1. THE TITLE
The title of this movie is "Judas and the Black Messiah".
I'm well aware of the significance of the term/gist of 'Black Messiah' (https://shec.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/814) as it's been used by anti-black, afrophobic, white supremacists in US politics. Check out one of the goals of the FBI as written by J. Edgar Hoover (does that name sound familiar? It should: he was the director of the FBI):
2. "Prevent the RISE OF A “MESSIAH” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a “messiah;” he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Elijah Muhammed all aspire to this position. Elijah Muhammed is less of a threat because of his age. King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed “obedience” to “white, liberal doctrines” (nonviolence) and embrace black nationalism. Carmichael has the necessary charisma to be a real threat in this way."
Want more? Just check out the 1978 National Security Council's Memorandum 46 ("The Range of Policy Options" section) where they essentially talk about how they want to systematically prevent the rise of a Black Messiah:
"...(c) to preserve the present climate which inhibits the emergence from within the Black leadership of a person capable of exerting nationwide appeal..."
Considering the following:
A ) Bill O'Neal's (the snitch) behavior
B ) The protestant nature of the USA's religious affinities