The Birth of a Nation

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I have not watched this movie, but I have heard about it probably all of my life. I am glad to know that it is available on Kanopy so that I will be able to watch it, finally. As an African-American, I consider viewing this movie to be a continuation of my education. Though I anticipate ...Read more

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Yes it is racist. Yes it is important. Ignoring it will not erase it's problematic history nor the history of racism in this country. We must watch it with a critical eye and understand the history that surrounds it. And we must understand it's place not only in film history but in the ...Read more

Alex avatar

Do not watch this racist film. I don't care how "important" it is. It's racist garbage.

Anonymous picture

If you really think watching this film will make you racist, you probably have deeper problems that not watching the film won't solve. Nothing wrong with appreciating the artistic merit of this masterpiece.

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Oh piss off you pearl clutching ninny.

Anonymous picture

Maybe we should burn it, right? And then you can get that applause and pat on the back from black people you so desperately desire.

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It's not important; it's essential. Any filmmaker or film critic, regardless of race, will defend that aspect of the film. It basically invented the language of Cinema.

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Racial history...told upside down...

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