Should 'Gone with the Wind' Be Gone with the Confederate Flag?
As the national debate rages on to take down the Confederate Flag, New York Post writer Lou Lumenick says other Confederate symbols like Gone with the Wind 'should go the way of the Confederate flag.'
In an article in The Post, Lumenick said, “The more subtle racism of “Gone with the Wind’’ is in some ways more insidious, going to great lengths to enshrine the myth that the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery — an institution the film unabashedly romanticizes.”
The film, which won a then-record eight Oscars, including Best Picture in 1939, is considered a Hollywood classic. Lumenick also said, “But what does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the “GWTW’’ intermission?”
The discussion over taking down the flag came after the Charleston church shooting last week. Even Jon Stewart made a point about taking down the flag on The Daily Show, saying, “The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals,” Stewart continued, “and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him.”
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