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In Defense of HBO’s Counterfactual ‘Confederate’

In late July, HBO announced its forthcoming alternate history series Confederate, a show that will take place in a world in which the South successfully seceded from the Union and the institution of slavery persisted. The backlash was immediate. Some decried it for being the brainchild of two white men, Game of Thrones creators David […]

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Taking out a Patent on Culture

Calls to destroy a painting by a white artist, Dana Schutz, of a black victim of a lynch mob hanging in the Whitney Museum illustrates that for many, even artistic freedom has become a negotiable commodity in the crusade against cultural appropriation. *** Culture has become a fiercely contested resource. Accusations of cultural appropriation regularly […]

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