Response to The Birth of a Nation

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Kevin Albano DR: 48 Response to The Birth of a Nation Repsonding personally, there were several scenes in The Birth of a Nation that didn’t sit well at all with me. For instance, after a title screen that mentions a "two-hour interval" for dinner for the slaves - perhaps to suggest by some bizarre logic that they were somehow fortunate in their enslavement - we are shown a boisterous scene in which Africans have congregated outdoors en masse to dance and play uproariously, with exaggerated smiles and motions to possibly suggest an innate immaturity that requires paternalism on the part of the white South for their continued survival. The scene concludes with a gleeful handshake between a black and a white, as if sealing the unspoken agreement of race roles: master and servant, superior and inferior. The underlying message here is such: Once upon a time, We (the white South) were happy, the slaves were happy, a kind of "Don't fix it if it ain't broke" mentality.
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