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Steven Barnes
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Tibbs was a cop, and cops routinely place themselves in jeopardy to solve crimes in mystery films. The reason I think they are closer to equal is that Gillespe extends to Tibbs consideration that he has never given to a black man in his entire life. Never. IMO, unless you grasp how hard that was for him, how far he had to stretch, you miss part of what the movie was saying.