“Gone with the Wind” returned to HBO Max Wednesday after being pulled earlier this month, preceded by an introduction about its history and racism.

In the approximately 4 1/2-minute introduction, Jacqueline Stewart, a host on American Movie Classics who is Black, says, “Eighty years after its initial release, `Gone With the Wind’ is a film of undeniable cultural significance.

“It is not only a major document of Hollywood’s racist practices of the past but also an enduring work of popular culture that speaks directly to the racial inequalities that persist in media and society today.”

Other HBO Max content providing perspective to “Gone with the Wind” is a panel discussion on the movie’s legacy and a biography of Hattie McDaniel, whose portrayal of the enslaved “Mammy” made her to first Black to win an Oscar.

The recently launched streaming service pulled the 1939 best picture Oscar winner June 9, one day after director, screenwriter and novelist John Ridley wrote in the Los Angeles Times that HBO Max should consider removing “Gone with the Wind” from its offerings.

“As a filmmaker I get that movies are often snapshots of moments in history,” wrote Ridley, who won a best adapted screenplay Oscar for “12 Years a Slave” in 2014.

“They reflect not only the attitudes and opinions of those involved in their creation, but also those of the prevailing culture. As such, even the most well-intentioned films can fall short in how they represent marginalized communities.

“`Gone with the Wind,’ however, is its own unique problem. It doesn’t just fall short with regard to representation. It is a film that glorifies the antebellum south. It is a film that, when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of color.”

“Gone with the Wind” has drawn criticism from Blacks for its depiction of them and of slavery since its release in 1939.

The film won 10 Oscars, including best picture and seven others competitively, along with honorary awards for outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood and for pioneering the use of coordinated equipment in its production.

“Gone with the Wind” had the largest box office receipts in American movie history, until being eclipsed by “The Sound of Music” in 1966.

“Gone with the Wind” regained the title in 1971 following re-releases in 1967 and 1971, then was passed by “The Godfather” in 1972. When adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” is the all-time box office champion.

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