Occasionally, I’ll feel a bit guilty about my stance on Nate Parker and the rape allegations. I’ll feel that maybe I should see The Birth of A Nation. I start thinking that since it was so long ago, perhaps he’s a changed man. And maybe I’m playing into some elaborate scheme orchestrated by the White man to keep me from seeing this life/game/perspective changing film.
But then someone asks Parker a question and his answer is just a little off-color. Or I’ll read an interview and it doesn’t read as remorseful or even fully aware.
And then I remember that just because I’ve been trained and conditioned to support Black men, it doesn’t mean I have to continue riding a broken down bus for them, particularly when they don’t seem ready or fully willing to accept responsibility for their actions against women, if it gets in the way of promoting their very important film.
In Parker’s latest sit down with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” he spoke at length with Anderson Cooper about the scandal.
In the teaser, Cooper asks Parker if he feels guilty for anything that happened that evening.
“I don’t feel guilty.”
Cooper: Do you feel you did something morally wrong?
“As a Christian man, just being in that situation? Yeah, sure. I’m 36 years old right now and my faith is very important to me so looking back through that lens, I definitely feel like, it’s not the lens that I had when I was 19-years-old.”
Interesting dichotomy there. You don’t feel guilty but you acknowledge that you did something wrong. Maybe Parker offered this woman some type of apology after he and his current writing partner, Jean Celestin taunted her on campus for months on end.
When Cooper asked Parker if there was anything he wanted to apologize for, he said, “I was falsely accused…I went to court…I was vindicated. I feel terrible that this woman isn’t here…her family had to deal with that, but as I sit here, an apology is—no.”
You can watch the trailer for the upcoming sit down in the video below.