There is currently a heated discussion on Nate Parker and his movie, The Birth of a Nation, which tells the story of Nathanial “Nat” Turner (1800-1831), a man of African ancestry born into slavery in Virginia. Turner, a slave and an evangelical preacher, came to believe that the Bible did not support the enslavement of his people and was instead the tool for their liberation.
In the summer of 1831, Turner led a revolt against slavery, resulting in the deaths of more than 50 white people and ultimately his own hanging and skinning. In addition, more than 200 other black people were killed during and after this uprising.
I have left many other details of the movie and Turner’s life out of in this introduction; they are irrelevant to the controversy at hand.
In 1999, while attending Penn State, Nate Parker and fellow student Jean Celestin were arrested and charged with rape and other crimes against a Jane Doe. Celestin was convicted of sexual assault in 2001, and Parker was found not guilty of all charges. Celestin appealed his conviction, and in 2005; prosecutors declined to retry his 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 the rape accusation against him, it did not become a major issue until Parker produced, directed, and starred in The Birth of a Nation.
In January of 2016, The Birth of a Nation debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. In fact, the Sundance Institution awarded Nate Parker the Vangard Award, which “includes a cash grant and mentorship from industry professionals and Institute staff.” Parker’s film also received the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Festival and predictions that The Birth of a Nation would go on to be a multiple award winner. There was even Oscar buzz.
Remember, everyone knew of the alleged rape incident from Parker’s past when he received all of these accolades. So what happened to turn people against Parker and his film since 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 he 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 his work has nothing to do with the past rape allegation and everything to do with his critical statements regarding homosexuality and Hollywood. “Gay” Hollywood resurrected the rape story to galvanize the feminist opposition to him -- a staggeringly successful ploy, as the face of opposition to Parker and his film is black feminists instead of white homosexuals.
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 and “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. His case 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, then you will be attacked; your ability to work and provide for your family will be undermined.
Elections matter! If you don’t vote, then don’t be dismayed at the death of a nation.