Birth of a Nation

Birth of a Nation

OK…I just saw the film “Birth of a Nation”.  It tells the story of Nat Turner who led a revolt against the evil men who kept them and his people in bondage right here in America.  If you’re not familiar with his story it’s an important American story that all of us should be familiar with.  When I walked into the theater I noticed only one other person, an elderly white man.  I also noticed that at some point during the film he was gone, so I watched most of the film by myself.  Hmmmmm… Briefly, the story is about Nat Turner who was a literate slave (which was exceptionally unusual).  As Nat grew older he began preaching to other slaves, and got a bit of a reputation among a number of slave owners as being a great speaker.  In fact he was so good that other slave owners (it hurts to even say those words) began to hire him to speak to their slaves.  The intention was for Nat to basically lie to the slaves that all was good, and calm any thoughts they might have about a rebellion.  Eventually Nat changed from being a lying surrogate for the slave owners to being a truth teller to the slaves. I won’t give any more of the story away. What always sticks with me when I see a movie about slavery is a couple of things.  One is the depth of how wicked and inhumane the institution of slavery was.  The other thing that hits me is the magnificence of those people who endured being stolen away from their...