Amazon’s post-slavery reparations in America drama praised, while freakout over HBO’s ‘Confederate’ continues

Social justice warriors appear to be giving Amazon’s new alternate-history series a thumbs up following the backlash they hurled at HBO for its own planned slavery drama.

Amazon is working on the new drama series, “Black America,” which is set in post-slavery reparations America, Variety reported, and the critics this time are applauding.

The series, from Will Packer and Aaron McGruder, will focus on freed slaves who are given the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana as reparations and how they create their own country, New Colonia.

Amazon’s announcement follows the news that “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were developing a modern-day Southern slavery series for HBO called “Confederate.” While the HBO series will also be set in an alternate timeline, it has southern states successfully seceding from the Union and creating a nation where slavery is legal.

Backlash for “Confederate” was spurred on with a #NoConfederate hashtag launched by activist April Reign, who was behind the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. In a statement, HBO said it had “great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed” about the planned series but hoped “people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.”

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Critics blasted “Confederate” as another example of white privilege and proof that racists still wish slavery existed.

But “Black America” is not creating the same reaction, as Amazon decided to reveal it had been working on the project in response to the HBO controversy.

“I think it’s a much better representation of alt-history than what was proposed by Benioff and Weiss,” Reign told Variety.

“I support this project as it will show black and brown people thriving in this country, something that isn’t shown enough on screen,” she added.  “I’m also confident that, based on Mr. Packer’s previous track record, the crew behind the camera will be much more inclusive than we’ve seen from ‘Game of Thrones.’”

The social justice warriors were in agreement and lauded the Amazon series.

But others were quick to see the obvious hypocrisy as well as the sad reality of a time when shows like these are even being developed.

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