Response to Surviving "Django":
Just wondering howIfit into your scenario. AsaItalian/Irish person, whose family emigrated here in the 30’s & 40’s and have no historical tie to the American institute of slavery-How shouldIwatch this movie? Having said that-I agree with parts of your review.Iwas taken aback by how many times people in our theater (both Black & White) laughed at what was on screen-yet cringed when someone was shot. My wife &Italked about this after-it seemed like people were less horrified about slavery and more engaged by the violence on screen. ButIthink this truly extends into (and sparks us to reconsider) the outdated, abundant use of N*gga inavariety of cultural outlets-i.e. hip.hop/Rap.Iamahuge hip.hop fan and to see it evolve from KRS One to Chief Keef &2Chainz is sad. Moreover the use of the word (re-appropriated or not) comes off stale, much like the use of “bitch” & homophobic slurs-which still exist in urban culture. It begs the question why is this more offensive than that. But back to the movie…. One particular part struck me very hard. At the very end, Samuel L. Jackson’s screams something to the effect of-“Lord Jesus give me the strength to kill this N-word”. As people laughed, allIcould think of was why he evoked the Christian God. It was as if people missed the nod to colonized religion. While you might be right this isawhite person’s revenge flick-I don’t think this isadamning as you say. Too often this country wants to forget there were slave auctions in downtown DC. Hence if Tarantino wants to exploit this and shove it back into the country’s face because at least it starts conversations like ours.
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