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Dr Boyce Watkins: Five reasons white people want “Birth of a Nation” to be a failure

This week, I went to see the new film, “Birth of a Nation” by director Nate Parker.  I’ll start by saying that the film was one of the great cinematic masterpieces of all-time.  Not only is the story of Nat Turner a powerful one, it’s one that’s been hidden in Hollywood.  From what I’ve read, Nate had a great deal of trouble getting the movie financed, and for good reason.  I’m not sure if it makes sense for us to expect white people to finance important and meaningful black stories.

Part of the quest toward black economic and political maturity is that we understand the critical importance of funding and supporting projects we want to see come to life.  In other words, they pay for their heroes, and we pay for ours.  If we aren’t willing to pay for our own heroes, then we must borrow heroes that belong to somebody else.

There are a few other reasons why most white people don’t want “Birth of a Nation” to be a successful film.  Even though the film met box office expectations, publications like The Wall Street Journal are creating misleading headlines to make all of us believe the film was a flop.  The film was hardly a flop:  It made the money that analysts expected it to make.  No more, no less.  That’s pretty impressive considering all of the controversy that the film has endured, and is a symptom of the quality of this project.

Here are five other reasons that white Americans really don’t want Nate Parker’s extraordinary film to be the hit that it was meant to be:

1) Because nearly everything you’ve been taught about slavery is a lie:  Most Americans are fed propaganda from the day they are born.   They’re taught to believe that men like George Washington were wonderful heroes, when the truth is that Washington himself hated black people more than nearly any human being living today.  Many of these lies are part of the psychological manipulation designed to keep us calm and away from truths that might make us want to punch someone in the face.  So, when real history is finally revealed about what black people have been put through, there is the shock and cognitive dissonance you might expect from the little girl who had no idea that her daddy was a rapist.  Guess what America: Many of your ancestors were rapists who loved to castrate black men, hang them from trees all while having picnics in the background.  You come from a very sick culture for which you have yet to apologize or make amends.  White people were the original American terrorists.

2) Because aggressive and courageous black men scare the &^%$ out of you:  One thing that most whites in power could count on are passive and weak black leaders and pastors who might simply go to the church and pray for the men and women who’ve murdered us without remorse.  This passivity has long been reflected and marketed in well-financed films like “The Help” and “The Butler.”  But to have millions of angry young black men grow to admire righteous and extraordinary men like Nat Turner is literally a nightmare for many white people.  White guilt actually leads to mass incarceration and police shootings because people are literally afraid of what might happen if black people suddenly reflect on all that’s been done to us.

3) You want to believe that Nate Parker hurt a white woman:  The 1999 rape case against Nate Parker was ultimately the story that derailed his hopes of receiving an Oscar.  Not that Oscars should matter to black people, but he won’t be getting one for this film.   The fact that critics can consider a film to be Oscar-worthy one minute and then cringe-worthy the next, speaks to the fickle and biased nature of these meaningless awards and ceremonies.

Once Nate Parker was tagged as the man who might have harmed a white woman, primitive instincts of white mob mentality started to emerge, leading them to want to destroy Parker, his film and everything he stood for.  This is the same barbaric behavior which led to black men being dragged out of the jail house and lynched for even being ACCUSED of harming a white woman.  It didn’t matter that Parker was tried and acquitted.  These laws become arbitrary when applied to black men, especially if white women feel slighted in any kind of way.  The world caters to the emotional well-being of the white female.  When black men are found to be in violation, they are typically destroyed.

4) You are wired to resist the truth about the righteous anger of black people in America:  When black people get angry about our condition, the severe miseducation of whites often leads to them looking at us as if they had nothing to do with any of it.  They don’t realize that they are the beneficiaries of hundreds of years of terroristic behavior on the part of their ancestors, which led to whites owning 98 percent of the land in this country.  Because they are trained to disconnect the past from the present, many often wonder why we are so upset that everything tends to be rigged in the favor of white people.   Rather than listen to our explanation, they’d rather condemn and blackball us.  This is one reason why race relations in America are going to get worse before they get better.

5) You don’t want black people admiring men like Nat Turner:  The idea of millions of black men watching Nat Turner slaughter slave owners in their sleep is bound to put fear into anyone who already sees black men as violent and aggressive.  But here’s the truth:  Most would argue that we SHOULD BE violent and aggressive when it comes to defending those we love. White men are incredibly violent and aggressive when foreign countries attack the United States.   The interesting thing about white oppression of black people is that for many years, the most evil whites in America had the luxury of abusing a group of people who refused to fight back.  In that regard, the story of Nat Turner is truly part of a birth of a nation of black men who are no longer afraid, willing to stand up and won’t tolerate inhumane treatment.

For right or wrong, good or bad, there is much more yet to come.

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Comment by El-Bull on November 2, 2016 at 11:49pm

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Regal Cinema Accused Of Denying Tickets For ‘Birth of a Nation’ & Black People Are Pissed!

‘Birth of a Nation,’ a biopic created by talented actor Nate Parker, is based on the revolutionary slave that we all know as Nat Turner. And though there has been some controversy surrounding Parker and this new film, there are still movie-goers who have happily supported his black-owned independent project.

While many called for there to be a boycott of the widely sought after film after Parker’s past allegations were pushed back into the spot light, others have insisted that the resurfacing news from his past is only a small percentage of a largely noted conspiracy.

The conspiracy is to kill off any opportunity at the box offices so that there will be no Oscar in his near future for the un-apologetically pro-black film that spoke on racism, white slave masters and the evil that they’d promoted to continue the legacy of slavery in this country.

Welp, those who may have had a feeling of a conspiracy just might have gotten the most compelling evidence that any of us have ever witnessed this week.

Just last week Devon Walls, a Delaware-native, made sure to film himself confronting a ticket clerk at the Regal Cinemas theatre who’d allegedly told him that ‘Birth of a Nation’ was sold out, encouraging him and other patrons to go see a new Ben Affleck film ‘The Accountant.’

After taking a peak into the theatre for ‘Birth of a Nation’ and only seeing that four seats were filled, Walls then went back to the counter with the demand of an explanation.

The clerk just simply said, “that’s what the screen told me.”

Since going viral, Walls’ video has mustard up much conversation. With Twitter obviously expressing outrage and accusing the cinema of sabotaging the film in an effort to drive away black movie goers.

A rep from the theatre company recently issued a statement to TMZ, which didn’t really seem to help their case in any way.

The theatre manager claims that they were just “adjusting films and auditoriums to meet consumer demand.” He also claims that they’d told Walls that they would add a last minute showing of ‘Birth of a Nation’ to handle the high requests for the movie.
Walls says that he was never told about the added screening.

So, what are your thoughts? Was this just way too much of a coincidence? Comment below and tell us what you think…

Comment by ITAL DIAGNE on November 2, 2016 at 3:36pm

dam Neanderthal's sit down and shut up why aren't you complaining about that coach who rape 30 black boys and now they trying to overturn the conviction for a new trial. This man was acquitted and because he is black you want to condemn like you do. From 20 years ago its been over but you want to go dig up shyte go dig up Donald trumps bs. You just don't like the truth to be told but its all coming out sooner or later and when much more people wake up you going to run back to the caucus mountains. I hope more movies come out like this. because the western educational system don't and wont teach the truth.

Comment by mr1stroke on October 14, 2016 at 4:11pm

any one who knows the history and watch that movie know that was well put together, that brother took his time and tell the story like it was suppose to, but as we know it niggers are going to be niggers, they never appreciate their own but quick to support any one else trying to fit in, that movie did not make it to top 5 over the weekend because niggers are too busy supporting people like Tom cruise or any of the white super stars the question is where is tom Cruise when the police are killing niggers, where are the white super stars they are not out there boycotting nor talking at your defense, the dumb movie that made number one was girl on the train, this is why i stop hanging are associate my self with niggers, they quick at bragging, they walk around trying to be cool, but know nothing about who they are, and you wonder why their kids are so dumb, many of those same niggers are quick to brag about how educated they are, i dont care who you are if you are in america talking about how educated you are punching the clocks making less than 100k a year you are a failure the way you brag you should either own a business or have a real career that pays you well with authority any thing else should be left for ordinary people who are just trying to survive, so the next time you niggers are trying to impress other people with your education ask your self how come you are living a failing life, dumb niggers you are our own problem not white people

Comment by Vana on October 14, 2016 at 2:07pm

Nate's movie is going to be a success regardless.  Oscar nomination or not!

Comment by Vana on October 14, 2016 at 2:06pm

This is why black men should be wary of white women.  All white women have to do is lie and say a black man harmed them and they will be believed with NO evidence whatsoever.  THINK ABOUT THAT!  Their white privilege allows their lie to be believed over the truth.  Have been doing and always will be doing it.

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on October 14, 2016 at 12:29pm
So true

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