TONY BROWN, a syndicated columnist and the host of the television program Tony Brown’s Journal has called the film The Color Purple “the most racist depiction of Black men since The Birth of a Nation and the most anti-Black family film of the modern film era.” Ishmael Reed, a Black novelist, has labelled the film and the book “a Nazi conspiracy.”1 Since its première in December 1985, The Color Purple has provoked constant controversy, debate and appraisals of its effects on the image of Black people in the United States.