Art has been used throughout history as a tool of oppression just as much as it has been used as a tool of expression. It is important to dissect and critique art on every level, it does not get a free pass to perpetuate whatever potentially harmful messages it wants just out of its nature of being art. “Birth of a Nation” by DW Griffith drastically challenged the film industry with is controversial and explicitly racist narration.
The domestic melodrama/epic originally premiered with the title “The Clansman” in February, 1915 in Los Angeles, California, but three months later was retitled with the present title at its world premiere in New York, to emphasize the birthing process of the US.
Its release set up a major censorship battle over