That the new Shaft offers little to offend the likes of Howard Safir hasn't been much noticed by daily reviewers--although the Strib's did see fit to attribute Parks's and Singleton's successes to two white writers (Raymond Chandler and Richard Price) and one movie by a white director (William Friedkin's The French Connection). Speaking of dubious honors recently published in the Strib, the paper reported two weeks ago that Minnesota holds the record for the nation's worst racial disparity in incarceration, with black men in our fair state being 27 times more likely to be locked up than white men. Alas, it's doubtful we'll ever see Shaft assigned to solve that particular crime.
Shaft's big scourge! Samuel L. Jackson in John Singleton's Shaft