Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen on What Has Changed Since the Civil Rights Movement and Jim Crow

In the new film Green Book, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen play a black musical genius and the hard-nosed Italian he hires to drive him through the Jim Crow south on a concert tour.


The Root recently sat down with both actors to get their take on the ways in which not much has changed since those times.

Sure, we don’t have Jim Crow laws on the books any longer, and forced segregation is mostly a thing of the past, but discrimination, implicit bias and other remnants of that time still plague black people today.

Watch both actors explain how even decades later, we still face some of the same troubles on a daily basis.

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Christopher Lee

Wonderful interview Monique!