Slavery Revenge Flicks

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

When I think of Django Unchained all I see are rape scenes and scowling dudes. One of the problems, at least for me, is that I don't actually hunger for a revenge flick about slavery. I understand why Jews might hunger for a some cathartic revenge in terms of the Holocaust. There's a certainly clarity to industrialized genocide. But slavery is something different, something at once more variable, intimate and elusive. 


I do wish they would end the genre of Confederate revenge flick. But I don't want to see it replaced with slave revenge flicks. Black women in refrigerators isn't really the goal.

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