‘Django Unchained’: Slavery in the West and Django (the ‘D’ is silent)

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By Fred Allen

“Django” is a very entertaining movie in spite of the serious subject it presents. Slavery is never funny, but sometimes humor makes us take a subject more seriously by allowing our minds to relax for a few moments before the awfulness hits us again between the eyes. More than one of the actors complained that they found it difficult to use the n-word over and over. But in the years just preceding the Civil War, the n-word was used more than ever because the divided nation knew that the fate of that word was at the heart of the War Between the States.

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