In my last post I touched on the topic of redemption while discussing Jamal. The character that I found to be the most interesting was Jeremiah in regards to redemption. Jeremiah not only provided the whole bus to be able to come together for a call of action in the film’s final moments, but was redeeming himself through his last valiant journey on the march.
Jeremiah discusses his past with Jamal, explaining how he was oppressed by the White man for over thirty years and content to let it happen. After losing everything, this March was his last chance to redeem himself, to put an effort to stand up for black power, unity and respect. This is why I believe Jeremiah to be the ultimate redeeming and redeemed character, he not only was redeeming himself but also acted as a figure for the bus to unite around. That, and the fact that he always seemed to be a voice of reason, made mistakes but was not a murderer, and maybe the only one that someone on the bus did not have a problem with.
I also think that it is interesting that Jeremiah is clearly a man of Christian faith and not part of the NOI. As this very much contrasts from Malcolm X, Jamal and Farrakhan. I am curious what other think about the thread of Christianity in Get on the Bus.