WHY IT IS IMPORTANT NOW
We continue to be inundated with way too many op-eds protesting the supposed CANCEL culture, but who is really canceled or erased from our cultural history? Almost everyone has heard of "the Birth of a Nation" and has seen its racist imagery. And almost no one has seen or heard of the many works that were made at that time to counter the negative portrayals of black people. According to John Gomez's article in the Jersey Journal, "despite the huge success of its initial offering, the Frederick Douglass Film Company found itself hindered by major film distribution corporations that used threats to effectively stop local theaters from featuring "colored" films." ("Black Film history in Hudson," The Jersey Journal, Feb 23, 2005, A10)
Demand to know our collective history. We are more than what they tell us.