I'm a white male. I grew up in the deep south with every opportunity to use my racial status to oppress others. By the grace of God I dodged that trap, and I largely accredit that to films about the era of slavery, post-civil war oppression and civil rights struggles.
Watching Gone with the Wind as a kid, I felt ashamed of the racism and privilege demonstrated by white people in the film. I learned by non-example never to live my life that way, nobody had to explain that to me.
I also greatly admired the bravery, honor and dignity of the black characters in the Song of the South. Uncle Remus was a true hero in that film, his character inspired me so much I read the original Uncle Remus books and learned even more. I would love to share this film with my sons, but Song of the South is banned and has been for many years. The decision was made for us that the only possible outcome of watching that beautiful film is to learn to become a racist if you're white or feel marginalized if you're black. I whole heartedly disagree, people can think for themselves.
Banning of films is prejudice.
Does that help?
First African American Male to Receive Academy Award - James Baskett “Song of the South” (Film censored)
First female African American to receive Academy Award - Hattie McDaniel “Gone with the Wind” (Film censored)
Sad to see wonderful performances and stories shelved in the name of vain attempts to rewrite history. The audience learns about the stories of others through films and then applies that to their lives in the present. Isn’t that the point of watching films?