Brotha RR wrote:
Mind still blown. I understand why this movie faced so many hurdles to bring it from concept to cinema. I'm surprised that it was not removed from movie theaters and banned by the FBI, like the 'Spook who sat by the door" (in 1973, but re-released by actor Tim Reid in 2006...check it out on Youtube).
1. There were no white heroes. Matthew McConaughey or Brad Pitt didn't save the slaves at the end of the movie, like in Free State of Jones and 12 years of slave,. They rose up and took their freedom.
Thank God. We don't need to see any more white hopes or saviors in our story of struggle. Cuz it is a fake fact.
2. the humanity of the slave was the main focus from their perspective, not the slave owners or local abolitionists. Their attempts to try to fit into the slavery system and then the realization that the system can not stand.
And I know I sound like a broken record but it is extremely important. There is a difference between the domestic slave and the sex slave. And it is the domestic slave that acquired freedom for all-except of course in parts of the middle east and large portions of Africa. But that was a huge accomplishment especially since black domestic slaves were enslaved for a thousand years compared to the others who were enslaved for at least 5 thousand years who descendants are still enslaved in many areas of the world to this very day. Shows the strength and determination of our culture.
3. Watching this movie make me wonder why, at my age, I am just learning about this story. Yes, I could have 'read a book' on Nat Turner, but who wrote that book? What is their agenda? When I was younger, books I read depicted Marcus Garvey as an enemy of the state. Nat Turner was minimized to a footnote under 'some slaves rebelled'.
And there are so many more stories just like this that they don't talk about. They barely did the movie on Rosewood. Which showed how blacks were becoming economically successful and self-sufficient.
4. the usage of the Bible to further control blacks in slavery and Nat Turner's ability to contradict the nonsense. Bible is still used today in the exact same way (in 2016, Pastors for Trump is a great example of this). Still wondering why so many outsiders, i.e. politicians and bankers, have used the church as if they lead the community. I guess they use to during the Civil Rights movement, but with the recent elections and that Wells Fargo's guilty verdict with using Baltimore's black churches for mortgage profit, shows that people can buy some Pastor's opinions/influence.
The bible along with many of religious books are nothing more than slave books. To justify slavery. The stories in them were stolen from Egypt. As a matter of fact , all of the religious books stole passages from the Egyptian Mysteries and call it their own. But primarily those books were used to promote slavery and justify child marriages [another form of sex slavery]. Also pastors to me have always been "pimps" of the church cuz they are really out for themselves....I would even consider them as being a coon eunuch....cuz of their dedication to the bible [ i.e. dedication to the white god/jesus/massa] as they "pimp" the people for personal profit and status. Same thang if you ask me.
I highly recommend this movie to everyone with an open mind. It is nice to see AMERICAN history in film, esp Black stories beyond yet another 'Blacks take their beatings with dignity' film.
I am so glad you saw this movie my brotha. Stories like these will be the catalyst for you to teach your children the TRUTH about their amazing African legacy-which will eliminate any myths and lies told to them. Making them a stronger generation equipped with the true facts about their heritage. Black knowledge is how you raised black children. Absolutely. So. Bravo to you for being that leader in your family. Just by being well-informed parents about your culture in its entirety, I truly believe you and your wife will guide your children to an expansion of success beyond your expectations. But!