So I’ve finally seen Django Unchained. First of all, I have to say, it is actually a really good movie. Second, I have to say that all the White Nationalists and others who were pissing and moaning about this movie need to take a long look in a mirror and spend some time reading a history book. If they don’t recognize some of the awful stuff that went on in the American Deep South during slavery (which was the bedrock of society in the antebellum South), well, they need to find out a few things (Albion’s Seed and American Nations are good places to start).
This is NOT to say that those awful things were unique to the Deep Southern slavers (they weren’t). This is also NOT to say that this movie is to serve as some sort of modern-day moral guide. I am also NOT saying that modern American Southerners bear some sort of inherited responsibility for slavery (they don’t; the handful of Jim Crow era people who are still kicking around, that’s another matter entirely). NOR am I saying that this movie is entirely historically accurate (it isn’t).
But I think the hoopla over the movie, especially from the voices that proclaimed things to effect that White people who liked to movie are necessarily some sort of race traitors (which is silly) says something serious about the detractors.