HBO green lights series about a world where the Confederacy won

HBO has reportedly given a green light to the creators of Game of Thrones to produce a series about a fictional world where the Confederacy won the Civil War and slavery is still legal south of the Mason-Dixie line. The reactions to this idea have been strong, yet polarizing.

The series, currently entitled Confederate, “takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation where slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution,” reads a press release. “The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixie Demilitarized Zone – freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists and the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.”

What in the name of a high-fever dream from hell is going on?

In the real world, politicians are finally working to remind people that the American Civil War was fought over slavery and that Confederate leaders were racists who don’t deserve to be celebrated. This is only making their sympathizers push back even harder, however. Yet there’s a chance that HBO is going to pour millions into a show that’s surely going to show black people – and who knows who else… – being subjugated to horrible lives and torture by white people.

Many fans who heard this news, especially people of color, are strongly against David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, two white men, being given the license to create a world that would make any white nationalist or “alt-right” supporter faint in a euphoric bliss.

Would it be original to see this kind of speculative fiction? Absolutely. But would it be tasteful, appropriate and worthwhile despite the horror it would surely depict? Probably not so much.

Take a look at some of Twitter’s reactions below:

 

 

Sofia Coppola erased Black women from ‘The Beguiled’ because white women always have to be victims

By Sherronda Brown

*This essay includes spoilers and discussion of sexual violence.

At some point in the midst of filming The Beguiled on the same plantation where Beyoncé’s Lemonade was filmed, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning attempted to pay homage to the singer through a gesture they no doubt assumed would garner celebration and envy from onlookers rather than ire.

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Florida city votes to change streets named after Confederate leaders

Another Southern state has agreed to catch up with the times and stop celebrating people who went to war just to keep Black people in chains.

The city council of Hollywood, Fl. voted 5-2 to change the names of three streets named after Confederate leaders which just-so-happen to run through predominantly Black neighborhoods. Per usual in these instances, members of the public are outraged and are claiming it’s more about an infringement on their rights than the condemnation of their casual racism.

Baltimore could be next to remove Confederate monuments

New Orleans was at the heart of the free speech/”revisionist history” debate this past month as it removed four Confederate statues in a move that was long overdue. Now it looks like Baltimore will follow its lead.

Mayor Catherine Pugh told a group of reporters at a press conference that the city of Baltimore will look into removing their own markers of a darker past. 

Richard Spencer leads white supremacist march with lit torches to protect Confederate statue

The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va. was surrounded by adoring eyes that reflected the flickering flames of lit torches. Chants of “You will not replace us” and “No more brother wars” could be heard from the crowd of Confederate sympathizers, according to NBC News.

This incident didn’t happen during the Reconstruction era or the near-century of Jim Crow. No. This happened this past weekend in 2017.