Critical Race Theory Comes To Hollywood: The Woman King
Going all the way back to Roots, Hollywood has taken liberties with the truth when it comes to the topic of slavery and Africa. Now it has decided to just start blatantly lying. And the worst part is how the media has turned a blind eye to a movie that celebrates active participants in the slave trade. I’ll leave you figure out why the media would want to change the narrative about slavery (here’s a hint… when you trade in endless ‘victimhood’ the last thing you want to get out is the actual truth).
Allow me to share three points about the movie from the Business Insider – Africa;
1. Pro-slavery tribe: Perhaps the most misconstrued fact about the Dahomey people in the movie is their ideals of freedom. The Dahomey people were not only major players in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but they were also slave owners themselves. While in the movie they fought the western invaders who wanted to take away their freedom, in reality, they fought the French forces who were trying to get the tribe to abolish slavery. This tribe was said to have conducted a lot of slave raids.
2. Swift defeat: Another exaggerated narrative in the movie is the fact that the Agojie put up a fierce resistance against the foreign invaders. According to recorded history, this is far from the fact, as the Agojie were noted to have been defeated swiftly, in a matter of hours, by the French military. 6000 of their forces were reduced to about 1200 after the war. However, it is the reality that they were a major fighting force within the region as they enjoyed some measure of success for over a century and were able to stand their ground against the powerful Oyo empire.
3. More villains than heroes: In reality, the Dahomey tribe was more villainous than it was heroic. Their practices were the stuff of nightmares. In the movie, this tribe was portrayed as a decent people with a beautiful way of life, but in reality, they lived by the code, enslave, or be enslaved. They were known to burn villages to the ground, return home with their enemies’ decapitated heads and genitals, and enrich their tribe via slavery and the slave trade. Some accounts have them drinking the blood of their enemies, performing human sacrifices, and enslaving children.
Go ahead Hollywood, pat yourself on the back because the movie featured an all-black ensemble. Apparently that makes it acceptable to have that all-black ensemble be part of a lie. Long after slavery was abolished around the rest of the world, the Dahomey people continued to enslave their fellow man.
You see half-assed attempts to cough and try to subtly point this out in all the usual woke suspects; Time, The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Smithsonian, etc… but the pushback against this non-existent. No one has the balls to stand up and say the movie should be completely ignored because it might piss off the all-black ensemble. I wonder how many awards will bestowed upon it by the Hollywood libs. All of them? Seeing all the sheep talking about how ‘inspiring’ and ’empowering’ it is just sad.
Fuck The Woman King and double fuck those that celebrate it as some sort of win for black filmmaking. It’s a lie. Everyone knows it’s a lie. Future generations might not if they keep up this revisionist history shit and nobody pushes back. They should be ashamed.
But they never are.
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