Amazon's Post-Civil War Show Is Getting A Very Different Response Than "Confederate"

"See how alt-history is handled by black creatives?"

Today, it was announced that Amazon is making a new show titled Black America from prominent producer Will Packer and Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder.

According to Deadline, Black America, which is still in development, envisions an alternate post-Reconstruction history in which newly freed African Americans take over the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as reparations for slavery.

McGruder is no stranger to writing about race relations in America given the success of the Peabody Award-winning comic and TV series The Boondocks. He also has some experience writing alternative history with his show Black Jesus.

Packer told Deadline they are "bringing on the appropriate historians to make sure we are telling the story in an accurate and responsible way."

A couple of weeks ago, HBO announced that its next project with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be Confederate, a series that imagines an America in which chattel slavery still exists.

There was immediate backlash when HBO announced the show, and though they're standing by it, even Casey Bloys, HBO's programming president, recently admitted that the announcement was "misguided."

This past weekend, during Game of Thrones, there was an online protest calling for people to tweet #NoConfederate during the episode.

Because, for some, the Confederacy isn't alt-history. It's right now. #NoConfederate @hbo

April / Via Twitter: @ReignOfApril

HBO responded with a statement that read: "We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate. We have faith that Nichelle [Spellman], Dan, David and Malcolm [Spellman] will approach the subject with care and sensitivity. The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see."

Black America, however, is trending on Twitter because people are responding enthusiastically to the project.

If Amazon is really about it, they'll have this premiere at the same time/go head to head with, you know, that othe… https://t.co/x8KVmINQAS

Clarkisha Kent / Via Twitter: @IWriteAllDay_

Antz vs. A Bug's Life got nothing on this https://t.co/CTxm9H1meC

Victor Luckerson / Via Twitter: @VLuck

See how alt-history is handled by Black creatives? https://t.co/OuPgu9hnA7

ReBecca Theodore / Via Twitter: @FilmFatale_NYC

Checkmate. https://t.co/d1zNyQc3Wu via @deadline

W. Kamau Bell / Via Twitter: @wkamaubell

Packer did not address Confederate directly in his Deadline interview, but said, "It felt this was the appropriate time to make sure that audiences and the creative community knew that there was a project that preexisted and we are pretty far down the road with it."

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