We all know that the movie, Gone With The Wind, was about the Civil War, and its effects on some wealthy families in the Deep South. That movie is perhaps the best-loved movie of all time, and it is forever fresh. Generations of Americans have viewed the film, on every possible screen, from huge IMAX screens, to normal movie theaters, to tablets and iPhones. When I first saw it, some time in the 1970s, I remember thinking “I know why Mom said she had a mad crush on Clark Gable”. He was a real heartthrob! The 1939 movie received ten Academy Awards.
I have linked to the Wikipedia entry for the film, and found it remarkably even-handed. Now, why would “even-handed” even be a term for a film entry in an internet encyclopedia? The reason is that the “Woke” members of society despise the film, due to its historically-correct depiction of plantation life in the antebellum South. Because the woke view of society is so much more progressive than those terrible plantation-owners, any depiction of historical society, however true, must be destroyed for its attitudes. My Ricochet friend Brian has come up with a most excellent “disclaimer” for the film, to counter the obviously-bigoted Woke disclaimer.
“Gone With The Wind is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society thanks in large measure to the historically-documented and continued efforts of Democrats and the Democratic Party, the pro-slavery party that attempted to tear America apart so Democrat slave owners could keep their slaves; Democrats who created the Ku Klux Klan that terrorized and murdered black Americans after the Civil War; the party that subjugated black Americans for years in the South with Jim Crow laws, and the party that continues to promote abortion-on-demand especially in black communities in Planned Parenthood’s founder’s original desire to eliminate the negro race; these same Democrats and this same Democratic Party that continue to promulgate these prejudices and make claims that black Americans are still incapable of caring for themselves, acquiring identification from their local DMV enabling them to vote, or to think for themselves and express views on virtually any topic that may run counter to Democratic Party ideology – thus maintaining a virtual ideological plantation where black Americans are meant to be perpetually shackled.
These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.”
Brian accurately places responsibility where it belongs, for the subjugation of blacks, before and after the Civil War. The “white fragility” so often discussed today, in the context of the abhorrent “critical race theory”, is a product of the DemocRat Party, and its own prejudice and oppression of black citizens in the South. The Ku Klux Klan was an actual branch of the DemocRat party, and must be remembered that way.
In my opinion, it is past time for black Americans to throw off their shackles of slavery to the DemocRat party, which has made their lives miserable for decades. They should open their eyes, and see exactly who it is, and was, that has kept them poor and dependent. We Conservatives are much more tolerant, and less bigoted and racist than the DemocRats. Black citizens are welcome here.
3 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Brian Watt’s excellent alternative disclaimer for “Gone With The Wind””
Well done, Brian.
I said so over on his R> post.
Democrats have apparently not changed over the decades. Hard as it is for me to countenance the old attitudes held during my lifetime by Southern white Democrats, I believe now they have only become accomplished at hiding their prejudices, but the attitudes now include animus against anyone who could challenge their access to power, including cynically abusing blacks with their misguided policies.