The Reverend Al Sharpton believes that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the right-wing media are actively trying to smear Birth of a Nation creator Nate Parker in order to prevent the narrative of a slave rebellion from being told.
In an interview with The Root, Sharpton criticized the fact that recently, the media has focused on the rape charges that were leveled against Parker and his friend Jean McGianni Celestin 17 years ago, even though Parker was acquitted and Celestin got the charges dropped in an appeal.
“Now, all of a sudden, they rediscover what they already knew,” Sharpton said of the media’s coverage of the rape charges. “The way you kill the message is you try to smear the messenger.”
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