A Terrorizing Mythology : On the 100th Anniversary of Birth of a Nation

6 thoughts on “A Terrorizing Mythology : On the 100th Anniversary of Birth of a Nation”

  1. Why they still show ‘Birth of a Nation’ in schools is beyond me. While it may be difficult to find culturally sensitive films from the 1910s, there are plenty of other cinematic examples from that time period which do not feature klansmen as heroes.

    This piece is incredible. You are one of my favorite writers on the intersection of race, culture, and history.

    1. Thank you for reading! The film is difficult to watch. I think it can be shown in schools, BUT only in a great deal of context to explain its racism in full. It is useless as a backdrop on the Civil War and Reconstruction, but it does give us an unfortunate glimpse into 1915 America.

  2. very, very well written. I appreciate your prose and emphatic points with something that has not been brought to enough outrage. keep writing i will keep reading. cheers

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