In other related grassroots-friendly local news, the effort of many Lexingtonians who protested the commemoration of D. W. Griffith, producer of the racist propaganda piece entitled "Birth of a Nation," had finally experienced relief after the Downtown Lexington Corporation decided to revoke his plaque at the last minute. Griffith's film initially received honors for being one of the first ventures into motion picture filmmaking. "Birth" received critical attention for its captivating use of pictorialized motion, featured many scenes of running, continuous action spread across several scenes. However, the content of this film -- a KKK uprising against insubordinate "darkies" that ends in their successive triumph -- became contested as a representation of the progressive stance Lexington and its citizenship take toward race relations. Griffith's film referenced several other troublesome pieces of racist and race-divisive literature including Dixon's "The Leopard Spots" and "The Clansmen," both virulent works of its own age. Letters streamed in since word of Griffith's nomination spread through social service e-networks including Kathy Riley's Lexington Human Rights Commission listserv -- mine included. The revocation news arrived a few moments ago. So, to that I say, it feels pretty damn good to know that the DLC finally listened to something that was highly controversial and worthy of reaction. Go, Lexington!