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In the film Ethnic Notions and Birth of a Nation racism is clearly present Both films show the depiction of blacks in the eyes of white Americans The film Birth of a Nation showed the Ku Klux Klans hatred for all African Americans while Ethnic Notions took the viewer through the history of some of the common terms for blacks Some of the terms are Mammy Coon and the Tom With such characters as the Coon the producers set out to make this characters main goal to give amusement to others He is shown as a complete buffoon that acted like a screwball This character had his hair stand on its ends and he was completely harmless to others Ethnic Notions is a historical film that takes the viewer through the entire course of American history from the 1820s to the 1980s The songs watching the films and seeing all the artifacts is what makes this film such a powerful tool The film describes some of the terms that were used to depict African Americans Well into the twentieth century the Mammy the Coon and the Sambo were all terms used in reference to black Americans In the film Birth of a Nation all of the African Americans are seen as villains while all whites are viewed upon as heroes The African Americans danced and performed for their masters The film tells a story about the old south and the emergence of the Ku Klux Klan Once a law was passed that made whites salute black officers on the streets and interracial marriages between blacks and whites made the whites seem to be a helpless minority This is when a group of men covered in sheets and white hoods fought the blacks When the hooded white men beat the blacks they were looked at as the defenders of the white women honor and glory These men were praised when they restored order and their white
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