THE BIRTH OF A NATION: A FREE MARKET RESPONSE TO THE BLACK LIVES MATTER AGE
WHAT IS THE BIRTH OF A NATION AND WHY THE TITLE?
I just saw the movie “The Birth of a Nation” yesterday and I have to say that it was a profound, superb and phenomenal film that was directed and produced by Nate Parker who played the leading role of the dissident enslaved African revolutionary by the name of Nat Turner. This film depicted how an innocent and precocious enslaved African child was able to learn how to read (which defied the laws mandated against slaves in regards to receiving an education) and grow to become a popular preacher in Southampton County, Virginia, teaching docility and obedience to slaves in other plantations under the authorization of his masters. The change in Nat Turner occurred when he eventually couldn’t tolerate the atrocities and injustices inflicted upon him and his fellow slaves, which catalyzed to him leading the organization and mobilization of a violent and murderous slave rebellion in August of 1831, which was eventually suppressed within a few days. This film was sarcastically named after the original “Birth of a Nation” film also called “The Klansman” that was released in 1915, which was about the assassination of the President Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and glamorization of the Ku Klux Klan. This movie was the first motion picture to play in the White House under the “Progressive” President, Mr. Woodrow Wilson of the Democratic Party, which is pretty ironical.
THE FREE MARKET, BLACK LIVES MATTER AND THE BIRTH OF A NATION
The legendary economist by the name of Milton Friedman stated that, “The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.” This is proven by the fact that “The Birth of Nation” film was directed, produced, screen played and starred by the talented African American entertainer and actor by the name of Nate Parker, yet it was Fox Searchlight Pictures who bought the global property rights for the film for $17.5 million in January of 2016 in preparation for its October 7th, 2016 release. Fox bought the global rights for the film because they saw the potential viability, efficacy and success of the film after it premiered at the 2016 Sundance Festival earlier this year. Prior to this major cash out by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the white filmmaker James Mangold said about the Parker’s idea for the film that, “Movies with black leads don't play internationally; a period film with big fight scenes would be too expensive; it was too violent; it wouldn't work without a big box-office star leading it; Turner was too controversial—after all, he was responsible for the deaths of dozens of well-off white landowners.” However, Fox Searchlight Pictures is under the presidencies of Stephen A. Gilula and Nancy Utley, who are both white and saw the vision and potential success of this film by purchasing its global rights. Not to mention, Fox Searchlight Pictures is a division of the Fox Entertainment Group that is owned by another white person by the name of Rupert Murdoch. Also, the Fox Searchlight Pictures acquisition of the global rights of the film was the largest deal in the Sundance Film Festival’s history!!! Henceforth, Nate Parker didn’t let the pessimism and sentiments of James Mangold stop him from producing this revolutionary film, and I am sure that the executives at Fox along with Murdoch don’t have an agenda to politicize and militarize the millennial generation of African Americans via the propagandization of Nat Turner’s rebellion and they may not be fully aware of Nat Turner or Nate Parker’s sentiments towards Mr. Turner! It is instead, the increased demand of the Black Lives Matter movement, socially aware African Americans and sympathizers from other ethnic enclaves or aggregates who are against the police killings of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Oscar Grant, Walter Scott and the various other African Americans by the police, who have the inclination to see a film about someone whose life was based on defiance against the system from his educational development to his violent rebellions against slaveowners throughout Southampton county. Black and White people invested millions of dollars in this film and they will for the most part receive exponential returns on their investments. In closing, the beauty of the free market is that through the choices of rational individuals to achieve financial gratification, economically rational people engage in commerce with one another for the purpose of wealth accumulation, regardless of their races, religious faiths, national origins or creeds. Hence, it is the free market and not merely government intervention that will improve race relations in this country, and this is what I call “A Birth of a Nation.”
WHAT SHOULD BLACK ENTREPRENEURS DO?
From the success of “The Birth of a Nation” film, in order to keep the legacy of the African American and African history alive, it is best for us to invest in cinematography and utilized this means of communication to disseminate and propagate the legends and legendary moments of our history. The success of “The Birth of a Nation” along with the large consumption of media by the Black community which is disproportionate compared to other ethnicities could lead to a higher social awareness and motivation for the Black community, which should enable action to better one’s self individually and ethnically to alleviate a lot of the social problems in the ethnic enclave. Additionally, since Black history movies like this are in demand and it’s somewhat resultant to this age of “Black Lives Matter”, the movies that are properly produced and marketed could enhance the wealth accumulation in the Black community. This could lead to inspiration and motivation and also the financial resources in order to invest in enterprises, create institutions and create jobs which could enhance the wealth, influence and advancement of the African American community. Hence, “The Birth of a Nation” could become a “Birth of a Nation.”