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San Jose NAACP Youth Council And local youth join together for viewing “Birth of a Nation”
On the recent opening weekend for the movie “Birth of a Nation”, the NAACP Youth Council and San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP co-hosted a private showing, which chronicled the life of Nat Turner. In addition to the invited students, a number of teachers, and administrators joined together with community members to learn about the history of Nat Turner and the legacy of slavery. Following the movie, a discussion and sharing of thoughts took place, including how the situations covered in the movie, still affect us today.
Some of the discussion points that were mentioned included how “eye opening” the movie was. Some felt both sad and empowered by the movie. One student commented how in the movie Nat Turner, and the people who followed him had a strong brotherhood and relationship. That student also commented how people in her school today are not nearly as united as she saw in the movie. Another point that was acknowledged was how there were scenes that you could still witness today in the 21st century: specifically, brutality and insensitivity, based solely on race. Importantly, the movie encouraged the youth to want to learn about the past with the hope it will help address the problems of society today. This was voiced and acknowledged many times.
In my own reflection of the movie, I had many mixed feelings. I too felt sad, and angry, but also empowered. Being a 17 year old today, and watching this movie, has inspired me to continue to look and work for change. I realize how much racism has seriously harmed people of color and still persists today. Change has been extremely slow in spite of the long history of African Americans in America. Topics such as police brutality, racial profiling, have always been a problem. I feel that viewing this film was a great way to encourage people of my age to seek change and gain knowledge about topics that matter. “Birth of a Nation” was truly an eye opening experience and it was a great way to take time and look back at the past and learn these historical lessons to aid us in moving forward with justice and fairness for all.
Written By: Kyle Dacallos