ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Last Day of Oscar Grant

Updated on May 21, 2015

Fruitvale Station

"If Today Was Your Last Day"

Before Jordan Davis, before Renisha McBride, even before Trayvon Martin there was Oscar Grant. The young man who was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer on New Year's Day 2009. The acclaimed independent film Fruitvale Station takes a look at the events of what would be Oscar's last day on Earth.

An Ordinary Day

The film traces the events of that fateful day, from when Oscar wakes up to when he is killed. The film's "day in the life" format may remind some people of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.

As the film unfolds, we see Oscar as a man who has made mistakes. In one flashback scene, he is shown to have done time, lilkely for marijuana possession or distribution. But he also wants to "go straight", in one other scene he is shown dumping out a Ziploc bag full of marijuana and also tries to get a job back at a grocery store.

He's shown to be devoted to his family. He picks up his daughter at daycare, and attends his Mom's birthday party. This devotion extends to his friends and others as well; he calls his Grandmother to have her give a complete stranger advice on how to fry fish, and talks a shop owner into letting some friends and a stranger use the restroom.

The Beginning of The End

Oscar was on his way back from celebrating New Year's Day in San Francisco. In the film, a fight breaks out in a train car between Oscar and a former inmate who has a beef with Oscar leads to the Transit Police intervening. In the course of rounding up and arresting the suspects, the police attempt to handcuff Oscar. In the course of this, Oscar is fatally shot in the back.

According to the end notes for the film, the officer alleged that he was reaching for a taser and inadvertently grabbed his firearm.

No Nominations

While the movie has won several awards, including a a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, it received no Oscar Nominations in the major categories. It would seem that this film is the kind of independent production that the Academy has looked towards in the past.

Could part of it have to with The Butler? Could the Academy have feared the controversy when Driving Miss Daisy was up against Do The Right Thing.

I think it may have more to do with the Academy not wanting to get caught up in the debate over how "post-racial" America is. Where though we elect a African-American president, we seem to have declared open season on minorities.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Could the "Moral Monday" of NC morph into a new "Freedom Summer"?

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 

      4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Time for a new Freedom Movement and a new Abolitionist Movement -- free those unjustly imprisoned and branded felon and abolish the War on Drugs, which is actually a phony excuse for a war on poor blacks.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I need to look at that book!

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 

      4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Sounds like a good movie.

      THE NEW JIM CROW by Alexander proves with lots of evidence that prejudice by whites against non-whites in the US is as bad as ever. The "open season" you mentioned is one of the manifestations. Mass incarceration is another.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)