Wednesday, March 01, 2006

They Won?!?!

Black filmmaker and University of Kansas professor, Kevin Willmott, is certainly stirring things up with this movie.

In a sentence, the movie examines the repercussions of a confederate victory in the Civil War.

One thing that the trailer seems to suggest is that a Confederate victory would mean that blacks would still be slaves today. It's definitely a movie that has the potential to make a lot of people upset.

For a sneak peek, check out the trailer here.

Still wondering whether Willmott is a member of the pale or dark nation?

So was I. But before you go check that out, ask yourself whether it makes a difference either way. And if it does, why should it?

In any event, this is just more food for contemplation. And in the words of the renowned 1970's baby, Shawn Carter, "you do the dishes!"

4 comments:

Brother Lightness said...

In viewing the trailer, as soon as I saw "Spike Lee Presents" there was no question as to the background of the filmmaker. The trailer is so over the top that one can have no doubt that Wilmott is black (this was confirmed by a simple google search).

The film appears to ride along the coattails of Lee's cult classic, "Bamboozled", doing so unabashedly. Incessant images of characters in black face and indifferent utterances of those seemingly alien terms associated with slavery don't leave very much room for alternative interpretation.

Getting to your question: no, it doesn't matter whether or not the filmmaker is white or black.

Contemporary pride in the confederate cause can be attested to by anyone who has driven south of the Mason-Dixon boundary and seen confederate emblums hanging in public view.

These flags shouldn't always be assumed as a symbol of white supremacy, as many blacks take a particular pride in the southern culture the flag embodies. Simply, the confederate flag represents much more than slavery.

It has become a beaming source of pride for many blacks, as evidenced by southern hip-hop artists increasing tendency to display the confederate flag during their live performances and in video recordings (see: Ludacris performance outfit at the Vibe Awards). Just as the term "nigger" has been turned on it's head by many blacks, frequently used as a term of endearment, the confederate flag has become a symbol synonymous with the regional unification that a common struggle creates.

I make these points to justify the significance and possibility of a confederate nostalgia by both whites or blacks.

Brother Spotless said...

I am not sure that blacks have a "Confederate nostalgia," but I generally agree with my friend Lightness.

I enjoy the fact that blacks have bastardized the idea of the Confederacy on its head. I believe it to be a necessary form of protest in order to further the cause of African Americanism. I remember a Williams College student (who is black) hanging the Confederate sign outside of his window. I asked him why, and he replied, saying "I am representing the New South." It is a sign of progress that I like.

Anonymous said...

The people that made this have a incredibly stupid knowledge of history.

For one thing the CSA, if victorious, politicians already planned on having President Lincoln and the US military sign a declaration of peace and the recognition of the south as an independent nation...meaning they would not have invaded the North. They wanted peace from the North. Another reason they wouldn't invade the North is because the south had very little industrial power, little numbers of railroads, and low population and population density. Without industrial power the south could'nt build war materials to invade the north and without the numbers couldn't mount a needed force. Little numbers of railroads would make incredibly difficult to move military forces, supplies, and slaves to the north for an invasion, or to expand to the west in accordance to this bogus trailer. Little population prevented a mass economy outside of agriculture and low pop density made it impossible for good cities to be established to create efficient economies to even consider Northbound invasion.

Since much of the fighting took place in the south, great amounts of southern cities and business(which there was little of outside of slavery) was badly decimated in the war. The slave labor to rebuild all of this would take years. After devastation to the South the slaves probably would've attempted some sort of revolt-a good time to do so because of the weak CSA condition at the time.

Slavery would've probably had been repealed in a few decades at least in the CSA eventually. It could be from a plummeting economy as the result of socio-economic setbacks of a slave-based industry that dominated the south. Another good reason would've been that the reform politics that emerged in US government would've probably happened in the south as well, most likely leading to the abolition of slavery. Corruption is also a big problem in any government, and with slave owners lobbying the CSA gov't would've caused division and seperation with the CSA itself and could've caused the CSA gov't to take down slave owners who were corrupting the southern gov't therefore, ENDING SLAVERY.

The underground railroad would've probably enlarged and become harder to handle in the post-war CSA...also the bitterness between north and south wouldve had the US allow escaped slaves as US citizens. THAT could've led to yet another war in which the north probably wouldve regained its strength and reinstated the southern states back into the Union. The CSA then would'nt have even made it into the 20th century.

Plus, the US navy blockading all the southern ports wouldve made it incredibly difficult for the CSA to trade with other nations thereby causing a falling southern economy and even if they could trade cotton, slaves, and tobacco wouldve been their major exports. Other nations wouldnt buy slaves, and cotton and tobacco could be found elsewhere.

Wow...Hitler and the Nazis allying with the pan-American CSA...two racist Empires united to conquer the world....LOL Yeah right. I doubt the CSA would've survived that long. If it actually made it into the 20th century it would've gotten involved in WWI where the US probably would've kicked the south's ass from the hills of tenessee all the way down to New Orleans and over to Miami. Goodbye CSA. That would've been extremely bloody and would've cause blacks to migrate to either the north or the west and the more liberal US gov't at the time would'v federally instated rights to minorities and the rise of civil rights would've greatly contributed to racial progress.

Another liberal abomination from the bowls of Hollywood that has a very twisted, minimal knowledge of real history, what a surprise------don't watch it.

Anonymous said...

The people that made this have a incredibly stupid knowledge of history.

For one thing the CSA, if victorious, politicians already planned on having President Lincoln and the US military sign a declaration of peace and the recognition of the south as an independent nation...meaning they would not have invaded the North. They wanted peace from the North. Another reason they wouldn't invade the North is because the south had very little industrial power, little numbers of railroads, and low population and population density. Without industrial power the south could'nt build war materials to invade the north and without the numbers couldn't mount a needed force. Little numbers of railroads would make incredibly difficult to move military forces, supplies, and slaves to the north for an invasion, or to expand to the west in accordance to this bogus trailer. Little population prevented a mass economy outside of agriculture and low pop density made it impossible for good cities to be established to create efficient economies to even consider Northbound invasion.

Since much of the fighting took place in the south, great amounts of southern cities and business(which there was little of outside of slavery) was badly decimated in the war. The slave labor to rebuild all of this would take years. After devastation to the South the slaves probably would've attempted some sort of revolt-a good time to do so because of the weak CSA condition at the time.

Slavery would've probably had been repealed in a few decades at least in the CSA eventually. It could be from a plummeting economy as the result of socio-economic setbacks of a slave-based industry that dominated the south. Another good reason would've been that the reform politics that emerged in US government would've probably happened in the south as well, most likely leading to the abolition of slavery. Corruption is also a big problem in any government, and with slave owners lobbying the CSA gov't would've caused division and seperation with the CSA itself and could've caused the CSA gov't to take down slave owners who were corrupting the southern gov't therefore, ENDING SLAVERY.

The underground railroad would've probably enlarged and become harder to handle in the post-war CSA...also the bitterness between north and south wouldve had the US allow escaped slaves as US citizens. THAT could've led to yet another war in which the north probably wouldve regained its strength and reinstated the southern states back into the Union. The CSA then would'nt have even made it into the 20th century.

Plus, the US navy blockading all the southern ports wouldve made it incredibly difficult for the CSA to trade with other nations thereby causing a falling southern economy and even if they could trade cotton, slaves, and tobacco wouldve been their major exports. Other nations wouldnt buy slaves, and cotton and tobacco could be found elsewhere.

Wow...Hitler and the Nazis allying with the pan-American CSA...two racist Empires united to conquer the world....LOL Yeah right. I doubt the CSA would've survived that long. If it actually made it into the 20th century it would've gotten involved in WWI where the US probably would've kicked the south's ass from the hills of tenessee all the way down to New Orleans and over to Miami. Goodbye CSA. That would've been extremely bloody and would've cause blacks to migrate to either the north or the west and the more liberal US gov't at the time would'v federally instated rights to minorities and the rise of civil rights would've greatly contributed to racial progress.

Another liberal abomination from the bowls of Hollywood that has a very twisted, minimal knowledge of real history, what a surprise------don't watch it.