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The Making Of America By Michael Moore

This is Michael Moore’s banned cartoon clip from his movie “Bowling With Columbine”. It’s a sardonic twist on the standard telling of American history. It is a bold piece of work that is worth watching. I have included a link to a great website that deals with genocide & prejudice:
(http://www.understandingprejudice.org/links/genocide.htm

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The Attitudes Of “The Birth Of A Nation” Still Exist In America! It’s Time For Some American History X!

American History X!

American History X!

President Woodrow Wilson went to the premiere of one of the most controversial Hollywood “classics“. After he saw “The Birth Of A Nation “, it was alleged that he made the following statement, ” It is like writing history with Lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.” Whether or not President Wilson really said that is not the point. This movie is indicative of the general views on race in America which are still present today. In the present election between McCain & Obama, Americans are being confronted with race baiting tactics. If you have ever seen this film, you know that it is blatantly racist & portrays blacks as brutes. The Ku Klux Klan is painted as being valiant saviors instead of terrorists.
Roger Ebert gave a great review & you can access the article by following the link that is after this excerpt:
Certainly “The Birth of a Nation” (1915) presents a challenge for modern audiences. Unaccustomed to silent films and uninterested in film history, they find it quaint and not to their taste. Those evolved enough to understand what they are looking at find the early and wartime scenes brilliant, but cringe during the postwar and Reconstruction scenes, which are racist in the ham-handed way of an old minstrel show or a vile comic pamphlet. Cited until the 1960s as the greatest American film, “Birth” is still praised as influential, ground-breaking and historically important, yes–but is it actually seen?”

“It is a stark history lesson to realize that this film, for many years the most popular ever made, expressed widely-held and generally acceptable white views. Miss Gish reveals more than she realizes when she quotes Griffith’s paternalistic reply to accusations that he was anti-Negro: “To say that is like saying I am against children, as they were our children, whom we loved and cared for all of our lives.”

“In that case, “The Birth of a Nation” is worth considering, if only for the inescapable fact that it did more than any other work of art to dramatize and encourage racist attitudes in America.”
“Racism of the sort seen in “The Birth of a Nation” has not been acceptable for decades in American popular culture. Modern films make racism invisible, curable, an attribute of villains, or the occasion for optimistic morality plays. “Birth of a Nation” is unapologetic about its attitudes, which are those of a white Southerner, raised in the 19th century, unable to see African-Americans as fellow beings of worth and rights. It is based on Thomas Dixon’s racist play, The Clansman, and the fact that Griffith wanted to adapt it reveals his own prejudices
.” (END OF EXCERPT)  Follow this link for the article in it’s entirety :
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030330/REVIEWS08/303300301/1023

Those racist attitudes that were so prevalent during 1915 have not vanished from America in 2008. We still have negative views of blacks, muslims, indians, etc… That’s why films like these are so relevant now. Even if it was made almost a century ago! Americans need to know the history of race perception.  “The Birth of a Nation” is an offensive reminder of how race has been regarded in America. Another film that deals with racism is the 1998 flick “American History X”. It is a look at two brothers who grew up being taught racism by their father & have joined a white supremacy group. In the movie, circumstances change both brothers attitudes towards blacks.

It is easy to find parallels between” The Birth of A Nation” & “American History X“, even though they were made almost 70 years apart! The theme of both movies is white supremacy but that is where the congruence ends. You see, “American History X ” is like the finale of “The Birth of A Nation “. The characters realize the error of the ways & renounce their pro-white stance. There is some semblance of unity between blacks & whites at the end of the film. How I wish that one day we can change the racial attitudes towards one another in America. Because united we stand and divided we shall fall. This country was built not just for one but for all!

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Barack Obama Represents Both Sides In The Race Issue!

He's Black & White, ALRIGHT PEOPLE!

Black & White Man

How is it that race is such a huge factor in this election? A whole lot of folks are up in arms about Barack Obama’s race. I don’t want to vote for a black man to be the president of the United States! These are the impassioned cries of some American voters. But, why all the fervor over this race issue? After all, whose to say that Barack Obama is even black? He is a composite of two different ethnic groups. He embodies the diversity of our great nation. In a country that has a history of hatred between blacks & whites, I think it’s pretty moving that Barack Obama is a combination of both warring races. He is of the same ancestry as both the slave & the master. In fact, his white ancestors owned slaves in America. Here’s an excerpt from http://www.thebaltimoresun.com.

While a relative owned slaves, another fought for the Union in the Civil War,” campaign spokesman Bill Burton said last night. “And it is a true measure of progress that the descendant of a slave owner would come to marry a student from Kenya and produce a son who would grow up to be a candidate for president of the United States.” Read the rest of the article by following the link(http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/politics/bal-te.obama02mar02,0,3453027.story).
I found this really interesting documentary online about race identity on youtube.com. It is about creoles who feel that they are, “Too White To Be Black, Too Black To Be White“. As the title states, it is an in-depth look into how this multicultural group fits into a black & white world. It is very informative & it grapples with the all the issues of race. A clip of it is shown in this video.
One article I read about ethnicity was really astonishing! It is frome http://www.mixedheritagecenter.org. This website has a claim that has been disputed by some. That is that Barack Obama may not be the first black president of the United States of America! Link here for more info on that :(http://www.mixedheritagecenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1471&Itemid=29
It wouldn’t suprise me one little bit if there were presidents who didn’t divulge their black ancestry. And if that’s true, maybe that’ll take the steam out of the race debate once & for all.

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