We as people get a little annoyed when white people write stories about us, particularly when they fit the "Magic Negro" model. You know the ones where the black hero seems to have no purpose in life other than solving all the problems of white people. Remember The Green Mile and Driving Miss Daisy.
But it was a good book that turns out to be an excellent vehicle for black movie talent...and they didn't even have to sing. Will and Jada Smith produced it. The stars were Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, the amazing Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), Nate Parker (The Great Debaters). Dakota Fanning always delivers.
The timing of the release was perfect. When you see what Jennifer Hudson's character goes through to register to vote, you will be inspired.