Remove racist 'The Birth of a Nation' posters from Marion Knott Studios hallway
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102 years after it was made, 'The Birth of a Nation' remains one of the most racist films in the history of cinema. It unapologetically applauds hatred of African Americans, celebrates white supremacist ideology, depicts the Klu Klux Klan as a heroic force, and portrays lynching as positive.
We believe the film posters exhibited in Marion Knott Studios should encourage the students and faculty of Chapman University to aspire to excellence, equality, and respect for human rights, instead of promote hatred and racism.
Despite DW Griffith's significant contributions to the evolution of film, as well as the undeniable technical prowess of 'The Birth of a Nation', we believe that including this movie in MKS' 'Hall of Fame' is unnecessary, and moreover offensive to students, faculty, and visitors, akin to displaying a poster of Riefenstahl's 'Triumph of the Will'.
Please join us in asking Dean Robert Bassett and Chapman University to remove this poster as soon as possible from the hallway of Dodge College.
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