In America, there are always people who are openly racist. In the film, “In the Heat of the Night,” there is an open opposition to African- American citizens. Even though this was a movie created in the 60’s, when racial tensions were still a very prevalent and real thing in most of the country, the south was the most notorious for this. This is a good representation of the time period and how far we have come with racism and outright hatred of those of other skin colors. That being said, there is still a problem with subtle racism. This movie just helps point out that even though literally everyone is against you, you are capable of great things. The “yes you can” ideal is unusually powerful, and can lead you in the true direction.
In Sparta, Mississippi, a wealthy man was murdered. On a misunderstanding, a black man by the name of Virgil Tibbs is arrested for the murder. This puts the emphasis on the racial prejudice that is taking part in the town. Mr. Tibbs was only waiting for his next train to continue his transit. After the chief (Mr. Gillespie) finds out who they have wrongfully imprisoned, Philly’s number one homicide detective, he grudgingly requests for his help. After he shows his capabilities and worth to the department, he slowly gains the respect and protection he needs. He worked through the snarls and chuckles from the white men on the force. The most outlandish part is the unfolding relationship between Mr. Tibbs and Bill Gillespie. In the end we are showed that the true murderer is Ralph Henshaw, the diner counter worker, who did it to pay for his daughter’s abortion.
After the whole thing is over, Virgil and Bill say their goodbyes. Bill, now opened eyed to the fact that he was mistaken to think that he was so much better than an African American, seems to find a friend in Mr. Tibbs. He helps him with his bags and offers a handshake to a man who on his first arrival, wouldn’t have given him the respect to even treat...