During the mid-1800s, it was because of the book The Birth of a Nation. This time, it’s the movie based on the book of the same name.
Here’s one of the trailers:
…Easily a must-watch for those who don’t know the story.
The movie hit theaters October 7. The movie, which takes alot of “creative liberties” from what I’ve heard tells the story of the imfamous Nat Turner Rebellion in 1831.
Ignoring all the obvious Hollywood crap–most notably Turner’s wife being raped, which is factually inaccurate–this movie, like Selma (2014) is both historically accurate and relevant to the goings-on of today. In fact, that’s exactly why there have been calls by biggots and racists for the movie to be boycotted. The timing–one month before the next presidential election of course, the Racial Tension in the U.S.–is the reason why. History repeats itself so how the next few years play out shouldn’t be that big of a surprise.
…Isn’t it always something how those who “don’t see what the problem is” are always the ones who want to maintain the status quo?
The original Nat Turner was a slave who had been allowed to learn to read and write, which was considered a privilage for whites. Turner’s owners allowed him to become literate in the hopes of using him to keep slaves in line as a preacher. The more he searched the scriptures, the more Turner realized the wrongness of slavery in America. For his part in leading the rebellion, Turner was hanged.
What follows are some of his final words:
For the time, it was rare for black slaves to be educated and if so, only for a specific job they were given. Slaves who worked alongside their masters and handled money or important documents were more likely to learn to read, write and count. Fieldhands were rarely allowed what whites considered forbidden knowledge, let alone breeders: Plantations kept a few slaves separate from the rest of the population just for breeding. Mostly with each other but sometimes with whites who had trouble having kids.
Anyway, back on topic. After the Turner Rebellion in 1831, there was a crackdown in Plantations all over the South. Slaveowners doubled down on keeping slaves from learning how to read or write. In fact, most of the South made it illegal for black slaves to be taught to read and write. 14 years after the Turner Rebellion, John Brown and his sons tried to incite a rebellion against slavery. That failed because the slaves they were counting on to join them were too scared to show up. The U.S. Army quickly put down the rebellion and Brown was hanged.
Of course, the efforts of both Turner and Brown ultimately weren’t for naught: The ratification of the 13th Amendment after the Civil War.
Fast forward to the 1960s: The Civil Rights Moveent. Fast forward again to 2014: Black Lives Matter forms. Just like during the 1800s and during the 1960s, there was stiff resistence to change. Just like both those eras, change WILL happen. It’s simply a matter of time. The REAL question is which side of history will you be on?
I don’t want to digress further than that so I’ll make a separate post on the subject sometime next week.