Certain subjects can’t be sugarcoated. They can’t be cleaned up with fictionalized truths or a piece of shit pie. There should be no laughs in a film about the Holocaust and there shouldn’t be any avoiding the brutality of slavery. As America’s shame, a part of our past we enjoy forgetting less it remind us of our own savage, soulless heritage, the treatment of human being like property can be argued away with all manner of legalese, but the truth is, “State Rights” don’t trump the human variety. Placing people in bondage for the sake of an agrarian economy soon to be outdated by the Industrial Revolution is a convolution of purpose and practice. Perhaps, someone has to pick the cotton and serve the ‘masters,’ if at all. Forcing said someone to do it against their own free will, and then beating them mercilessly when the question this intent, is blatantly and unadulterated wrong.