HOLLYWOOD – A new movie called The Birth of a Nation is not the same as another movie also called The Birth of a Nation.
If you got to the cinema to see Nate Parker’s new film The Birth of a Nation, be warned it is not a silent black and white movie from 1915 also called The Birth of a Nation. The Birth of a Nation portrays the tragic slave revolt of Nat Turner, a slave whose political awakening comes to him via his status as a preacher to his fellow slaves.
The Birth of a Nation, however, tells the tale of the American Civil War and how the Klu-Klux-Klan was born (it’s alternate title is The Klansman) to keep uppity blacks in their place. In fact, the Klu-Klux-Klan was in a terminal decline prior to the film’s release with a pitiful number of members. Following the film’s success, the Klan had a resurgence in support. It is no overstatement to say that the KKK could thank D.W. Griffiths for essentially saving the race hate organisation. None of this is the subject of The Birth of a Nation. The film shows the desperate, degrading and inhuman conditions that slavery brought and the immorality at its heart.
Many film-goers, however, have been confused at the title. Black people have decided not to view the movie that the BBC once called ‘The most racist movie ever made’. Whereas racists accidentally went to see the movie and walked out halfway through.