Landmark Films That Confront Racism In The U.S.

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Written by Mark Rausch
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The Birth of a Nation

In 1915, D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation” caused quite a ruckus upon its release. Why? It was and still is blatantly racist. The depiction of the white-hooded KKK as a justice-serving moral army against the black man sparked white violence against blacks in many American cities. Griffith’s overt suggestion that blacks should not vote and are a threat to white women–among other creepy themes–are hard to swallow today. This film talks about racism, yes, and is a head-shaking piece of film history.