HBO has announced the next project from David Benioff and Dan Weiss (pictured above), the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones showrunners. The new series is entitled "Confederate". Yup. THAT Confederate. The show will be along the same vein of the Amazon Prime's "The Man in the High Castle" which is based on a book of the same name and is an alt-history that chronicles the tale of a Nazi occupied America. With the success of that series I suppose this was the natural conclusion. HBO has "borrowed" that idea to imagine an alt-history where the American Civil War ended in a stalemate and slavery is still legal in the Confederate South.
So, as you know. I have concerns. So very many concerns...
Who thought this was a good idea?! Has no one there ever seen Jurassic Park?!
Everyday I witness things that remind me we're not as far from slavery as some like to think. Why in the vastness of the infinite multiverse would i want to see a slavery fanfic? It just doesn't make sense. My people are still trying to normalize our existence in this country because our names, clothes, hair, and skin are all still seen as symbols of impropriety or aggression. That sentiment is among the many remnants of slavery that we deal with on a daily basis. They had to know this was going to offend us. They did. In fact, that's exactly why they're doing it. While speaking with my brother i asked, "How can they possibly think this would entertain us?!"
Then it hit me...They don't.
This show isn't for us. We are not the target audience. This idea is handcrafted for them.
The people who are covertly or overtly bigoted. The people who miss the "good ol days" when they were free to hate indiscriminately. When they dominated socially and were above reproach. Sure, they still dominate finance, politics, education, employment, law enforcement and just about everything else, but that's just not the same. This show will be what Game of Thrones was to us, for the Trump supporter. A captivating fantasy. And I have to admit. It's brilliant.
Unscrupulous, but brilliant.
There has been a huge blacklash via social media. Apparently I'm not the only one who feels this is a terrible idea. HBO has been met with a fierce tweetstorm via #NoConfederate in protest to this show. People of all races, sexes and backgrounds are speaking out against Confederate.
Not bad Twitter. Not bad at all. Keep it coming.
Others are saying that people of color are being too sensitive. It truly amazes me that we must remain impartial, unemotional, and objective to even be given a seat at the table to discuss the problems that effect us the most. We're told to get over slavery, but never forget 9/11. This is because the darkest time of our history is at worst something they celebrate, and at best a philosophical talking point, or in this case the backstory of a new television program. Black suffering always sells. Always. That aside, what's most problematic is black people who feel the need to understand the other side of this. They want to hear the opposing view, and be respectful of it. The irony lies the fact that the same courtesy is rarely extended to us. Marvel's Black Panther is too militant but HBO's Confederate is creative entertainment? It's so frustrating to see so many black people doing what I call "Carmichaeling".
Which is to be "woke" to a fault. To see a thing that should deeply offensive to our people and ignore it so that they can be the person that says it didn't affect them because they're so socially evolved. To be contrary for contray's sake. There is a subset of black people emerging from the depths. Their numbers are swelling and they are growing stronger with each passing day. They have no connection to our people and pride themselves in being what i can the "Alt-Black." These are the type of people who say things like:
"It's just entertainment."
"You're giving it power."
"I find it interesting."
"This doesn't apply to me."
These are the type of people that, regardless of the story, don't see the subtext in the quintessential American hero being a Nazi sleeper agent. There is a growing sentiment of white nationalism and media like this can do nothing but enhance it.
To add insult to injury they've brought two people of color onto the project as the writers. This is obviously for validation and/or deflection. Get ready to hear "But blacks wrote it!" The Spellmans. A married couple of black writers who are most known for their work on "The Good Wife" and "Empire" will be doing the dirty work. How they can stomach working on this project after witnessing incidents like the Unite the Right riots in Charlottesville Virginia, is beyond me. Benioff and Weissfirst said that they brought the Spellmans on because they were lazy and didn't want to do the work themselves. Then they laughed about it.
Let's unpack that.
Two white men said they were too lazy to do something so they got a black family to do it for them. Seems like I've heard that somewhere before...They could have at least pandered by saying that they hired them to make sure the issues were handled respectfully. Nope. And that's another major problem. They are unapologetically offensive. They are offended that we are offended. I imagine them in a boardroom wearing black cloaks.
Even still. If they're smart about it, I think the show will be a huge success. I have no doubt that they will use "good moments" to justify the terrible ones. There might be black people who exact vengeance on their masters and get away with it by making it look like accidents. Or an unstoppable group of ex-slaves who roam the roads and kill slavers. Or even genuinely good white people who own slaves legally but are really freeing them and allow them to live in the community as equals. Moments similar to these will be used to justify the scenes of rape, servitude, brutality, defamation and destruction. HBO will profit from the hate left in the scars of this nation.
These people are very smart. They know exactly what they're doing. What do you think? Is this too ambitious? Is it tone-deaf? Am I reaching? Do you think the show will be a success? Like, Share, and let me know in the Comments section below.