October 25, 2016

Chad Hollister

Popcorn: “The Birth of a Nation”

A Painful Truth

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

film critic


Watching writer-director Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” a biography of the slave Nat Turner which concludes with the namesake rebellion he led in 1831, you can’t help but anguish over the idea that only 155 years ago slavery was perfectly legal in the Southern United States. That kind of historical realization always gets me wondering what crazy practice do we abide today that our heirs will one day see as similarly primeval and egregious?

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