Birth of A Nation’s Box Office Flop and The Unrepentant Pettiness of Black Feminists.
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First, I have no qualms saying that I do not like the fact that Nate Parker and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) have white wives. Can I do something about it? No. Does it affect me to the point where I go on every social media site to spew my disdain? No. Was that the reason why I didn’t see the movie? No. Many others may feel the same way. It’s not right nor is it wrong to feel the way we do; however, our feelings are indeed valid one way or the other.

The problem with this article is that it lacks real, tangible insight and research. You don’t get to use a few tweets from twitter profiles of “alleged” black women to sum up Black women or the Black Feminist movement. Then to tell people to “let it fly”? Really? It also seems to me that your interactions and observances have mostly been through social media (closed lens). If that’s so, then I need for your to step away from the computer, put down your phone, and get out into the actual world. The internet and social media shouldn’t be the end-all method to gauge the status quo.

Did it ever occur to you that maybe people didn’t want to see another slave movie? Maybe some people already knew about Nat Turner and would prefer to take a more direct, hands on approach to educate the masses. There are literally hundreds of reasons why people didn’t flock to the theaters, but to place the blame solely on Black women and their supposed “jealousy” is erroneous and irresponsible. We don’t have to nor should we support everything that’s touted by black men-or black people for that matter, just because a small majority thinks we should, especially when the people who don’t really have our best interests at heart and marginalize us stand to gain the most profit…Again!

In essence, it seems like you’re upset because enough people didn’t spend money to see this movie. While your feelings are valid, one must assess the situation in its totality and with an objective mind in order to get better insight. You’ve basically done what you claim to despise, which is put forth propaganda in the form of a think piece. You didn’t make black women think or present solutions to your supposed issues; you blamed them…outright! Your piece should’ve been divided into two: one for self love, acceptance and thoughts of black women and one for the issues you perceived surrounding the film with solutions for each point. Also, there’s a fine line between social media vitriol and thoughts/actions of actual people.

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