HBO is in trouble for producing “Confederate,” an alternate history in which the South won the war. The irony is that HBO and its foes are both wrong.
(Only half of this essay was posted initially. My mistake. I have added the second half below the line. My apologies. [Bookworm here: Wolf Howling is too kind. It was my mistake. Or we’re both to blame. In any event, the whole post is as brilliant as is true for everything WH writes.])
If you study early America, you will find that racism did not pop up overnight during the colonial era. It was a slow process when it came to white racism directed against blacks, one that grew in direct proportion to the moral challenges made against the institution of slavery.
Slavery was the norm throughout history in agricultural societies. In the world before the Enlightenment, slaveholders did not need to justify their acts. There was no moral issue with slavery. That ended with the preachers in the First Great Awakening and the Quakers, the two of whom combined to make slavery a moral issue. As that took hold, those who wanted to maintain slavery for their own profit had to justify their actions. What you will see is the language of racism becoming ever more vile and the tone ever louder and more discordant over the decades as the moral case was built against slavery.
What we are seeing today is that pattern playing out in reverse. We live in a nation where institutionalized racism no longer exists and where racism is not tolerated in the mainstream of this nation. We also live in a nation where slightly more than half of our black population lives in or near poverty. The problems of poverty, single parent families, lack of education, and crime are cyclical in that half of the population and, in 21st century America, that is obscene.
The causes behind these systemic problems are myriad, but not one of them is racism. Yet the Progressive left needs to maintain blacks seeing themselves as permanent victims, so they shout ever louder that the problems in black society are the result of overt white racism, a deep-rooted hatred cooked into our DNA that can never be destroyed, and systemic institutional racism. As that dark fantasy becomes ever more detached from reality, the Progs scream ever louder and their voices grow ever more discordant.
It is ironic indeed that Martin Luther King Jr. issued a clarion call nearly half a century ago for America to become the society promised in the Declaration of Independence, a society where “all men are created equal” and people are judged “by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.” The Progs have taken his civil rights movement and transformed it into one in which the only thing that matters is the color of one’s skin.
Regardless, with that introduction, let’s take a look at a story from The Hollywood Reporter, HBO’s Slavery Drama ‘Confederate’ Faces Minefield of “Fundamentally Problematic” Issues. This was the first I had even heard of the show. [Read more…]