Do we really need to see slavery play out in modern day on HBO?
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On July 19, 2017, "Game of Thrones’ Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced that they will continue onto their next project for HBO — an alternate history series called “Confederate”." Under normal circumstances, the announcement of this show would be fine as one would think that we would relive some of the challenges/issues of those times similar to yearly series like Roots or the feature length film Birth of A Nation. However, from reading the article here - http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-showrunners-confederate we find that "Benioff and Weiss will executive produce the series, which exists in a fictional timeline where the South succeeded in seceding from the Union. In this version of the United States — or what’s become of it — slavery has remained legal and has continued into the modern era.
The story takes place during what’s called the Third American Civil War and follows a group of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, now a demilitarized zone. The groups the characters belong to are vast and include freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists and others. One specific group are the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families they control."
While other groups may see this as just another show to tune into at 8pm. Having segments of our country actually think about how to portray slavery in modern day America is beyond sad, demeaning, and just utterly immoral! Besides the potential of replacing a hit show "Game of Thrones", keeping the team in tact, and the elephant in the room...MONEY, what would be the point of exploring this 'fictional timeline'? Who would this be entertaining for??? In the grand scheme of things and for the collective black race, the show runners as well as HBO should provide some context around the below questions:
What is the purpose? What are we changing or igniting?
What is the goal? Are you all really exploring whether this phenomenon could work?
What is the value? Will this improve the lives of blacks within this country or will it further ignite what is already happening?
WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH IN AMERICA WITH THIS SHOW??? Is it more propaganda - "information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view"?
"Replace the theme of this show with the European Holocaust during WWII and see how entertaining it is then? There is nothing entertaining about American chattel slavery or any other human suffering that millions of people endured". Especially when you want them to relive it EVERY week IN the CURRENT society that they live in!!
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, HBO, and others - we can do better than this. YOU can do better than this. This is one 'fictitious world' that we can honestly live without EVER exploring! There are no twists or turns that can make this idea better for anyone...especially the Black race that lived these atrocities. We will cut the cord!!!
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