Birth of a Nation

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Racism has been around since the beginning of time. Basically if you had a skin tone darker than the shade of white, you were inferior. Times have now changed, but there are remnants of this subject everywhere, even in film. The movie Birth of a Nation is considered one of the greatest films of all time, even with these themes. AMC’s Filmsite even has it listed within the 100 Greatest Films of All Time. Another movie with the some of the same themes is Blazing Saddles. Blazing Saddles does not have the same stature as Birth of a Nation, but it does deserve to be higher in the canon. I do believe that Blazing Saddles does not have the same stature because it is a comedy with crude humor and because it has a black sheriff as the protagonist.…show more content…
When he arrives, the people realize the color of his skin, and then threaten to shoot him; this is a typical Birth of a Nation thing to do. In reaction to the threats, he puts his own gun to his neck and said, “The next man makes a move, the nigger gets it.” Offensive statement, but since he is referring to himself, it is more comic relief and shows that he knows why they want him gone. He understands the color of his skin and he embraces it as well. I feel as if Bart is the same character as Kid from Stagecoach, just a different complexion. They are both misunderstood outlaws with a heart of gold. We all know John Wayne is the ultimate cowboy and Cleavon Little is still virtually unknown; but if the characters have the same characteristics, should they not be on the same level of importance? I personally believe that a black cowboy does not get the same respect as a white cowboy. I believe that is due to what people imagine a cowboy should be. I could also use Clint Eastwood to back this statement up. You think of cowboy, you automatically think of Eastwood and Wayne, which puts them on a pedestal. My personal favorite scene in the movie is when Taggart and Lamarr are getting villains to help out with their plan. The KKK is a presence in this movie, but they have the saying “Have a nice day” on the back of their sheets. Later on, when Black Bart is shown by Waco Kid, Bart says “where the white women at?” It is the

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