In wake of the news that HBO was going to be launching a new show called “Confederate,” an alternate universe where slavery in the United States never ended, April Reign, the Black woman responsible for #OscarsSoWhite, expressed her discontent about the project. It wasn’t long before other Black folks got on board and the hashtag was a worldwide trending topic.
We wrote about it a couple of weeks ago. But as a refresher, one of the main concern was that there are several, real life White people who would be more than happy to return to those times.
Not only that, the fact that these two White men, “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, would be in charge of a story about Black enslavement makes quite a few folks uncomfortable. After all, “Game of Thrones is not known for being a bastion of diversity. Now they want to tackle racial politics in a world where slavery still exists…no thanks.
Despite the backlash, HBO released a statement saying that they were going to move forward with the series and asked that people not pre-judge it.
Twitter still wasn’t having it. The hashtag is still thriving as I type.
Actually, today it received new life after a Deadline article offered viewers an alternative to the upcoming “Confederate.”
According to Deadline, there is another alternative history drama being developed, this one by Will Packer and Aaron McGruder. Unlike “Confederate,” Black America will explore a world in which newly freed African Americans secured Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as reparations for slavery.
The new nation, known as New Colonia, is recognized as a one of the major industrialized nations while America is sliding into rapid decline.
Packer told Deadline, “It felt this was the appropriate time to make sure that audiences and the creative community knew that there was a project that preexisted and we are pretty far down the road with it.”
Packer continued, “…it’s a drama, but it wouldn’t be Aaron McGruder without traces of his trademark sardonic wit.”
While he wouldn’t comment on “Confederate,” Packer said, ““It was something that was personally intriguing for me as a black American,” Packer said. “You would be hard pressed to find many black Americans who have not thought about the concept of reparation, what would happen if reparations were actually given. As a content creator, the fact that that is something that has been discussed thoroughly throughout various demographics of people in this country but yet never been explored to my knowledge in any real way in long-form content, I thought it was a tremendous opportunity to delve into the story, to do it right.”
See what other people had to say about the upcoming series on the following pages.
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— WillPackerProds (@willpackerprods) August 1, 2017