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The Birth of a Nation ; what goes AROUND ... comes AROUND

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Updated on Oct 18, 2016

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The Birth of a Nation - What goes around ... COMES around ?

HARSH ...

VIOLENT ...

RASCIST ...

NECCESSARY ?

SYMBOLIC revenge OR propaganda ?
SO , what are WE seeing HERE ?

In D.W. GRIFFITH ... Birth of a Nation (1)

we have heard a review calling it an arguably great film ,

CERTAINLY historically important for technical virtuosity .

Also ; the beginning of a white supremacist group ...

The KKK , or here reffered to as the CLANSMEN ...

Within (1) we see uni dimensional depiction of blacks as :

EVIL , SHIFTLESS , HEDONISTIC , and MOST importantly eager to rape WHITE women ...

Shameful ...
HOWEVER , in The Birth of a Nation (2)

WE see a reversal ... Black SLAVES are the only feeling , fully dimensional beings .

White southerners are seen as :

EVIL , CORRUPT , money hungry and uni- dimensional ...

Surely the PROTAGONIST , heroes MUST break free and kill ALL the whites ...

IT must be seen as a sort of SYMBOLIC REVENGE .
SOME historical FACTS are in order and NECESSARY here ...

Birth of a Nation by DW GRIFFITH , or (1) was made from 1912 - 1915 and was a
MAJOR blockbuster EPIC ; seen by more people than ANY film before ...
EVEN viewed by the president , WOODROW WILSON in the white house ...

who claimed it AS the CONFEDERATE view of the CIVIL WAR .

THIS was the viewpoint of much of the south at that time .

The BIRTH OF A NATION , (2) by black director NATE PARKER is a recent release , 2016

in which the title BIRTH OF A NATION is chosen as a SYMBOLIC , secondary narrative .

in other words , IT is NOT a remake of DW GRIFFITH , THE CLANSMEN ...

INSTEAD , (2) Tells the story of NAT TURNER ; a black SLAVE who has been taught scriptures

from THE BIBLE and was a black SLAVE PREACHER who masterminded a MAJOR slave uprising

in VIRGINIA in AUGUST 1831 ...
At this time , the practice of SLAVERY was quite volatile and controversial ...

ABOLITIONISTS were rampant and plentiful ; 1831 was a major turning point ...

The NAT TURNER slave rebellion was the largest and most consequential rebellion at that time .

Shortly after THIS uprising , the BRITISH abolished slavery ...

American institutional SLAVERY would continue until the 13 AMENDMENT after our

CIVIL WAR in 1865 ...
THE story of NAT TURNER is one of repugnance and outrage ...

A gifted young slave , who can read is given the opportunity to read THE BIBLE ...
HE is given to lessons and becomes a SLAVE preacher .
AS the times are changing ... the worried southern WHITE , slave OWNERS sense
UNREST amongst THEIR slaves and , very quickly decide on a scheme to quench
any thought of uprising against their MASTERS ...

ENTER NAT TURNER ; he is a SLAVE preacher who will preach to OTHER slaves

at the behest of the WHITE slave owners ... FOR , yes you guessed IT ... money

SO the EVIL whites are only concerned with MONEY ...

THE depictions of slave treatments are HORRIFIC !

Surely an UPRISING entailing MASS murder is in order HERE ...
HOWEVER , the slaves need THE blessing of GOD ...

THE slaves WAIT FOR A DIVINE SYMBOL before the slaughter begins ...

The imagery of carnage and extreme violence is not for the meek !

At the end , 55 WHITES and OVER 200 slaves are DEAD .

NAT TURNER is viciously captured ... BEATEN and made an example of for an

ANGRY , mindless , MOB of evil WHITES ...
ART or PROPAGANDA ???

I must pose THAT question ...

IF I were 1 of those SLAVES ... I would have killed my MASTER , too !

YET this whole theatrical story is the mastermind of NATE PARKER .

HE is the black DIRECTOR , PRODUCER and STAR actor ...

WE are step by step fed to indict all the known WHITES in THIS pictorial UNIVERSE ...
AND by GOD as our judge ; VENGEANCE will be had !

What goes AROUND ... comes AROUND ?
BY G . SCOTT LAMANNA

LOST IN THOUGHT GALLERY
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