HBO Confederate Protesters: ‘We Already Live in the Reality' that the South Won the Civil War
Earlier this month, HBO announced that "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would produce a new show called "Confederate," which presents an alternate history where the South won the Civil War and slavery persists to the modern day. Cue reliable liberal outrage. But the most concerning part of this outrage was the ridiculous insistence that the South really did win the Civil War, in some fashion.
"No. One. Needs. To. See. A. Show. That. Imagines. The. South. Winning. We. Already. Live. In. The. Reality," African-American disc-jockey Benhameen declared on Twitter, with the hashtag "#NoConfederate."
April Reign, a former lawyer and social media starlet famous for beginning the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, launched #NoConfederate, which trended at first place nationwide on Twitter during Sunday's episode of HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones." Reign herself endorsed the ridiculous message that the Confederacy somehow won the Civil War.
"For some, the Confederacy isn't alt-history. It's right now," the social media starlet tweeted, with an image of the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia marked with Donald Trump's name. This tweet received over 2.7K retweets.
Vilissa Thompson, an African-American disability rights consultant, opposed the HBO show, "because as a Southern[er], the last thing I need is for Whites to see their wet dreams about slavery played out on this show." Yes, she still seems to think white people have "wet dreams about slavery."
It has been more than 150 years since the Civil War ended, but it often feels like some people are still living in the antebellum era. In parts of the United States and, as evidenced by Donald Trump's visit to Poland recently, the world, the Confederate flag is still proudly flown. This month, Ku Klux Klansmen marched in Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from a city park. They were not the first nor will they be the last to resist acknowledging that the Confederacy lost the Civil War.