'Fargo' wants to confront racism in America. Dramatizing it is another story

Review: 'Fargo' is eager to confront racism in America. Dramatizing it is another story

9/25/2020 4:33:00 PM

Review: 'Fargo' is eager to confront racism in America. Dramatizing it is another story

Season 4 of FX's anthology series, starring Chris Rock, is a laudable but dramatically off-kilter attempt to grapple with race relations in 1950 Kansas City.

For Noah Hawley, this is a true story.I tend to enjoy these series, even as I sometimes think there may be less there than meets the eye. (I feel the same way about many Coen brothers films; their own gangland story,“Miller’s Crossing,”is referenced here too.) But what meets the eye is very appealing. The production values are high, the photography beautiful; the writing is crisp and fuels good performances, so that even characters you don’t care for or even particularly care about tend to be vivid and individual and humanize what is mechanistic in the plotting. It’s a playground for actors. I had no trouble watching nine hours of the new series at a sitting, except for the sitting.

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Briefly put, this season involves the faltering balance between two Kansas City mobs, one Black, one Italian, that may be heading toward “war.” (In the meantime, according to some not very practical or plausible or seemingly even beneficial tradition, they trade a young child between families, as a kind of security.) At the head of the first is Loy Cannon, played by Chris Rock. Better and worse bad guys are the rule in “Fargo,” and Loy is, most of the time, the better kind — respected rather than feared, a man with a plan, more thoughtful than not, and history’s underdog: “I’m not just fighting a few Italians, I’m fighting 400 years of history. I’m fighting a mind-set.”

Salvatore Esposito, left, and Jason Schwartzman play rivalrous brothers in a Kansas City mob family in FX’s “Fargo.”(Elizabeth Morris/FX)AdvertisementEvery season has featured a template inherited from the movie. A weak person is overwhelmed by the multiplying effects of a bad decision; a professional villain, usually from out of town, sows chaos; and a dedicated, dogged officer of the law attempts to keep the peace. There is a quote from philosopher Bertrand Russell attached as an epigram to the ninth episode — “Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than victim” — but while this seems to describe the world view of certain (well, many) characters, it’s not really true of the series as a whole. Some of them are creating a future beyond those options, which is what has kept “Fargo” a buoyant, rather than a bitter, sort of noir: It makes a place for goodness.

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Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for saying he can't find talented Black people to work for himWells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf has apologized after he reportedly blamed the lack of diversity at the bank on 'a very limited pool of Black talent to recruit from' WellsFargo I am glad I closed my account. You're all a bunch of idiots participating in this politically correct society. If you aren't laughing your ass off at the culture progressivism has created, you're doing reality wrong. Wells Fargo. Another “tremendous” company that is a shining light of the failed American economic system.

Wells Fargo CEO Apologizes For Saying There’s A ‘Limited Pool Of Black Talent’Charles Scharf's comment about the bank's struggles to reach diversity goals sparked immediate backlash. What he said is true why is he apologizing?

Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for remark about diverse talentReuters reported on Tuesday that Scharf had exasperated some Black employees in a Zoom meeting this summer when he reiterated that the bank had trouble reaching diversity goals because there were not enough qualified minority candidates. Have him reach out to greenwoodprochi Tooo Late... They really are a sorry bunch.

Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for remark about lack of diverse talentWells Fargo & Co Chief Executive Officer Charles Scharf apologized on Wednesday for 'making an insensitive comment reflecting my own unconscious bias', as the bank sought to quell a row over his references to a shortage of talent among minority groups. “Didn’t mean to lay my racism out so clearly.” Wells Fargo gonna Wells Fargo The US Capitalist system can't be fixed by nothing short of 1000 Ryder trucks full of Ammonium Nitrate and fertilizer.

Wells Fargo Has Some NerveThe bank’s CEO, Charles Scharf, said there aren't enough talented Black people in banking — but his bank's been poorly run by white people for a long time. Is he wrong though? I love how they have everyone counting their blacks. What have the liberals done to this country Non sequitur.