A conservative writer James Bowman is upset that “12 Years A Slave” doesn’t show any happy slaves and displays a negative light on slavery. I guess this writer shares the same views as “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, who said that the blacks working in the bayou when he was growing were happy and singing.
Apparently James Bowman thinks being enslaved, denigrated, families ripped apart, forced to work grueling hours, men powerless as their wives and daughters were raped by slave masters was just such a happy series of events. Yep, the usual anti-slavery propaganda lives on.
American Spectator: If ever in slavery’s 250-year history in North America there were a kind master or a contented slave, as in the nature of things there must have been, here and there, we may be sure that Mr McQueen does not want us to hear about it. This, in turn, surely means that his view of the history of the American South is as partial and one-sided as that of the hated Gone With the Wind.
…Yes, there was much cruelty and hardship in the slave-owning South, as there has been in most of the rest of the world most of the time, and Mr. McQueen’s camera is all over that. But it strains ordinary credulity to suppose that there was nothing else.
So, I am guessing that the lack of happy Jews in Schindler’s List is an affront to the American Spectator as well. Unbelievable.