For Our Consideration: Can we just stop fantasizing about the South winning the Civil War?

Heroically taking some of the heat off Ed Sheeran this week, Game Of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss yesterday announced their next series for HBO: Confederate, a sprawling, speculative fiction that imagines an alternate timeline where the South won the Civil War and successfully seceded, resulting in a divided America where “slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.” Like Game Of Thrones, the show promises a vast array of characters on both sides of the “Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone,” all working through their myriad conflicts and loyalties—everyone from “freedom fighters” to “the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate.” Unlike Game Of Thrones, all its exciting political intrigue revolves entirely around a fantasy where black people are still slaves, a fantasy that America (specifically white America) loves to indulge in. So much so, in fact, that there’s very little argument for doing it again. And …

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