Centennial of "Birth of a Nation" — One hundred years of political showings of movies at the White House — “BIRTH OF A NATION” - 1915 — “SELMA” - 2015
Once again Obama wades into a national racial incident by pouring gasoline on the fire — this time over the “Oscars”
Virtual segregation at Obama’s White House screening shows that George Wallace is winning NOT Martin Luther King
“Birth of a Nation” has been recognized as a milestone in American movie-making for almost a century — “Selma,” so far not so much. So, now it looks like that will be part of the ongoing “national debate” on problem of “racism” according to Obama and his top race relations adviser, Al Sharpton. I
What to do ? What to do ? — Have a showing of “Selma” at the White House — BRILLIANT !
In fact, right after the 2015 "Oscar" nominations were announced, Sharpton called the “Selma” snub “...an emergency....” and the White House quickly scheduled the screening of "Selma" with several of its principals in attendance — and nobody else. Didn't anybody tell the President that Hollywood has been one of his most loyal and servile support groups ? Not good enough ! No personal nominations for black actors ! Not enough diversity ! Sharpton's take must be the White House take: Everybody knows about Hollywood, "...the higher up you go, the whiter it gets..."
According to CNN, “It seems President Barack Obama is siding with the movie critics [Sharpton ?], not the Academy, when it comes to the movie "Selma." *** Obama [hosted] cast and crew members of the Martin Luther King biopic for a screening at the White House on Friday evening, one day after the critically acclaimed movie was snubbed as Oscar nominations were handed out ....” (See “'Selma' screening at White House on Friday” by Jeremy Diamond, CNN/ News - politics [http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/16/politics/selma-screening-wh/]). The other media coverage of the event on Friday was similar ( See e.g., “Obama holds White House screening of Oscar-snubbed film ‘Selma’ ” reported by Reuters, 1/16/15, Reuters [http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/16/us-usa-obama-selma-idUSKBN0KP2AZ20150116]). The Reuters report indicated that “The president was bringing in Oprah Winfrey, Common, David Oyelowo, Tim Roth [who played George Wallace in the movie] and other cast members for a screening of the film in the White House family theater. *** Another featured guest was Georgia Democratic Representative John Lewis, who was beaten by Alabama state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma when he and Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists were marching to Montgomery in March 1965.”
Interestingly, most of the MSM coverage of this momentous White House movie event were filed before the event. The post-event stories contained no new or anecdotal material for a very good reason, “The screening itself was closed to the press....” (For post-event stories, see e.g., “Oprah Winfrey, Ava Duvernay attend White House screening of 'Selma' ” by Ted Johnson [in “Inside Track” by Gayle Fee], 1/17/15, Boston Herald/ BostonHerald.com - Inside Track
[http://www.bostonherald.com/inside_track/celebrity_news/2015/01/oprah_winfrey_ava_duvernay_attend_white_house_screening_of_selma]; also “NEWS/ President Barack Obama Hosts Selma Screening at the White House: Oprah Winfrey, Common & More Attend” by Bruna Nessif, 1/16/15, “E”/ Eonline.com [http://www.eonline.com/news/615923/president-barack-obama-hosts-selma-screening-at-the-white-house-oprah-winfrey-common-more-attend]).
ALL WHITE SCREENING AT WHITE HOUSE 1915 — ALMOST ALL BLACK SCREENING AT WHITE HOUSE 2015 ! ! ! IS THAT PROGRESS ? IS THAT WHAT MLK WANTED ?
So who really won since the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, Martin Luther King who saw “...the Promised Land...” as “colored” and “white” together — or Alabama Governor George Wallace, who said “Segregation now, segregation forever...” ? Right now, there seems to be little to no doubt about it.