The importance of this movie wasn't just about the horrors of slavery, or the story of a knight off to rescue his damsel in distress, or even brilliant acting and filmmaking. It was a giant "F you" to the South. And not just the South of 1858. It was an "F you" to the South of today - and all the Republican politicians from other parts of the nation, increasingly including the Midwestern states - who have adopted the divisive and race-baiting politics of the South.
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