Depicting the story of the Battle of Rorke's Drift, where roughly 150 British troops successfully defended a small settlement in Africa from 3,000 - 4,000 advancing Zulus, Zulu is easily the one movie in the history of cinema that leaves a viewer simply asking: why in the world was this movie made?
The heroes are white males, who in the face of overwhelming black odds utilize superior military tactics to repel the hordes of Zulus from ensuring this small garrison of British would share the same fate as those white soldiers massacred earlier in The Battle of Isandlwana.
|What was the moment in your life where the life-long chore of bridge-building collapsed via the weight of the reality of racial differences?|
Toward the beginning of the movie, Lieutenant John Chard is seen building a bridge over some nameless river. As part of the Royal Engineers, he's also the senior officer at the garrison and he assumes control of the British forces once hostilities appear likely.
If you haven't seen the movie, there's no point in giving away the incredible details of the movie, but at the end of the Zulu, Chard stands tall with the surviving British soldiers and casually remarks, "I came here to build a bridge."
Powerful scene, but an even more powerful quote when the context of the statement is juxtaposed with the decolonization of Africa beginning across the continent and the assertion of black power with the loosening vise of so-called "white supremacy" on the Dark Continent.
Many people come to this point in their life, when they approach a moment of realization about the lies of integration, diversity, tolerance, and racial equality being nothing more than the building of a bridge to nowhere (or even worse, the infamous Springfield "Escalator to Nowhere").
So, SBPDL invites you to tell your "I came here to build a bridge" moment, when the reality of race finally became clear and the lies of a lifetime collapsed.