The discussion about race relations in the United States has reached a boiling point since all the bedlam and blood following a mentally-ill, racist, neo-nazi troglodyte who killed Heather Hyer and injured many others with his car on August 11 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The tragedy in Charlottesville has further spurred a discussion on art in the United States: particularly of statues depicting historical figures who were racist, colonialist, or just generally a historical or ideological lightning rod.

Indeed, this is happening all over the United States, from coast to coast -- a statue of Saint Junipero Serra in Mission Hills, CA was even vandalized with a swastika and other messages of hate on August 17 -- acting as a lightning rod for some people who believe the monuments are "just history" and shouldn't be removed, and others who believe there is a difference between remembering and glorifying history and that the monuments should go.

Well, it appears this fight has now gone to the big screen -- literally.

The Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, has decided to not screen Gone with the Wind, the Victor Fleming / George Cukor ten time Oscar winner, starting in 2018, because the theater received a mountain of complaints of the film's treatment of African-Americans, with their August 11 showing of it -- yes, the same night as the carnage in Charlottesville.

Brent Batterson, president of The Orpheum Theater Group, delivered a statement, the following from it was printed in The New York Times August 27:

"...As an organization whose stated mission is to, 'entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves', the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population."

Oddly enough, the first African-American to win an Oscar was Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy in Gone with the Wind.

The decision is causing quite a firestorm online (on both sides of the issue), and was evidently just done because of the outcry. Quoting Batterson again, this time from the Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal, on August 25:

"This is something that's been questioned every year, but the social media storm this year really brought it home."