Rev. Ralph J. Chittams, Sr.
The Death Of A Nation
There is currently a very heated discussion centered around Nate Parker and his movie The Birth of a Nation. For those who do not know, The Birth of a Nation tells the story of Nathanial “Nat” Turner (1800-1831), a man of African ancestry born into slavery in Virginia. Turner, a slave, who was an evangelical preacher, came to believe that the Bible did not support the enslavement of his people, but instead was the tool to be used for their liberation.
In the summer of 1831, Turner lead a revolt against slavery which resulted in the deaths of more than 50 White people, and in Turner’s ultimate hanging and skinning. In addition, more than 200 other Black people were killed during and after this uprising.
There are many other details of the movie and Turner’s life I have left out of in this introduction. They are irrelevant to the controversy at-hand.
In 1999, while attending Penn State, Parker and Jean Celestin, another male student, were arrested and charged with rape and other crimes against a Jane Doe. In 2001, Celestin was convicted of sexual assault. Parker was found not guilty of all charged. Celestin appealed his conviction and in 2005 prosecutors declined to retry the case and his conviction was vacated. In 2012, Doe committed suicide at a rehab facility.
Parker has been making feature films since 2004. While there has always been a minor rumble concerning Parker and the rape accusation, it did not become a major issue until Parker produced, directed and starred in The Birth of a Nation. Why?
In January of 2016, The Birth of a Nation debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. In fact, Nate Parker was awarded the Vangard Award by the Sundance Institute. The Vangard Award “includes a cash grant and mentorship from industry professionals and Institute staff.” The Birth of a Nation also received the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It was predicted that this was only the beginning and that The Birth of a Nation would be a multiple award winner. There was even Oscar buzz. Remember, everyone knew of the alleged rape incident from Parker’s past. But he still received the Vangard Award and the film earned the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. What happened to turn people against Parker and The Birth of a Nation after Sundance?
In 2014, Parker gave an interview where he said, among other things, that he would never play a homosexual character or a man of questionable sexuality, and blasted Hollywood for offering roles to Black men that require them to wear dresses and duct tape. That interview was resurrected in the summer of 2016, and the take-down of Parker and The Birth of a Nation began.
Opposition to Parker and The Birth of a Nation has nothing to do with the past rape allegation, but everything to do with his critical statements regarding homosexuality and Hollywood. What gay Hollywood did was resurrect the rape story involving Parker to galvanize opposition to him from feminists. A ploy that was staggeringly successful, as the face of opposition to Parker and his film is now not White homosexuals, but Black feminists.
Americans! We need to wake up. The radical left is not interested in tolerance and co-existence. They require, in the words of Adam Sutler, the High Chancellor in V for Vendetta, “total and complete compliance.” They are the Borg, First Amendment rights do not exist. There is no right to free speech, thought, expression, religion, or anything they deem objectionable. We are the radical left, “You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.” Any opposition to their agenda to totally re-make and re-lay the moral foundation and underpinnings of this country will result in a brutal response.
While this incident regarding Parker may seem small and trivial – it’s just a movie and an already litigated rape case – it is not. It is indicative of the larger spiritual battle currently raging in this country. If you say or do anything that smacks of supporting traditional Judeo-Christian ethics and morals you will be attacked. Your ability to work and provide for your family will be undermined.
Elections matter! If you don’t vote, don’t be dismayed at “The Death of YOUR Nation.”