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In Defense of Django


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JL
- 702 days ago - motherjones.com
The lionization of the Lost Cause & the Confederacy runs like an inedible streak of gristle through the revenge Western genre, where those who fought to protect the rights of whites to own blacks as property are humanized while those who fought to prese



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Roseann d. (178)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 3:16 pm
I wanted to see this...then Spike Lee had me feeling guilty about wanting to see it....But then I thought...But HE SAW IT...So I'm going to see it and form my own opinion.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 3:23 pm
Sounds like a reasonable plan Roseann!
 

Bill K. (14)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:52 pm
I saw it, thought it was great.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 5:32 pm
Thanks for sharing your mini-review with us Bill!
 

John B. (121)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 7:45 pm
Thanks J.L. for the excellent post. Will keep this critique in mind when I see the film. Read and noted.
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 7:58 pm
You're welcome John. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

Suzanne L. (137)
Monday January 14, 2013, 1:09 pm
I haven't seen it yet but I will.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday January 14, 2013, 1:25 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Suzanne because you have done so within the last week.
 

Nancy M. (202)
Monday January 14, 2013, 1:28 pm
I am very interested in seeing it. Especially after hearing Tarantino interviewed on NPR around Christmas time. Thanks for posting the article. Interesting.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday January 14, 2013, 2:13 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Nancy because you have done so within the last week.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Monday January 14, 2013, 4:24 pm
I don't know whether I will see this film or not. Slavery and racism was as rampant in the North as it was in the South. Most people couldn't afford slaves and there were many Southerners who despised slavery. There were even black slave owners in the Upper South too which I bet is something most people don't know.
Due to the high rate of industrialization in the North they could afford to release their slaves. That doesn't mean they were welcomed to integrate into white society though. To say that slavery was the reason for the Civil War or the War of Northern Aggression is to simplify it. There were many other reasons that contributed to it that were just as relevant. In fact it wasn't until Lincoln found that he was on the verge of possibly losing the Civil War that he issued for the Emancipation Proclamation. Swelling the ranks of the Union Army was imperative. Johny Reb knew how to fight and if old Stonewall Jackson hadn't died the outcome might have been different. Losing him would have been like Grant losing Sherman.
Still racism continues today as does slavery. People need to know that although the "Coloreds" have given us some fine musicians and other entertainers they have given back to society doctors; inventors; scientists and in many other fields. I remember reading about George Washington Carver when I was a young buck and that my friends is as good a place as any to start and end. Thanks.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:10 pm
Thanks for the eloquent reminders not to simplify these parts of history or issues Michael and the guidance on how to begin educating one's self to eradicate vestiges of myths that racist beliefs and views may be founded on. You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:54 am
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:00 am
You are welcome Kerrie.
 

Marlene Dinkins (245)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 4:10 pm
notato !!!!!!! grazie grazie J.L
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 4:16 pm
You are very welcome Marlene!
 
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