New 'Birth of a Nation' Posters Recall D.W. Griffith KKK Propaganda Film

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Griffith's 1915 silent film is now considered KKK propaganda.

The promotion for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation has been rife with powerful images.

The first poster saw a stylized version of the American flag with stripes made up of members of Nat Turner's ill-fated slave revolt, while the second had Turner in an American flag noose.

The latest advertisement for the historical feature references the D.W. Griffith film that shares its name.

A poster of Griffith's 1915 feature has been spray-painted with the tag "Nat Turner Lives." It is positioned next to a minimalist one-sheet for Parker's film that features the same tag.

Griffith's silent film takes place during the Civil War and reconstructionist America and has been widely criticized for its portrayal of black men as violent and sexually aggressive, while the Ku Klux Klan is shown as heroic.

By comparison, Parker's film follows the story of Nat Turner, the leader of the failed slave rebellion in the antebellum South.

The Birth of a Nation hits theaters on Oct. 7.