Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

The Confessions of Nat Turner

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Today, I had the chance to watch Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property, and let me just say, this “documentary” is very problematic. It’s nice that we keep talking about the history of slave revolts and remember the legacy of the horrors of African enslavement on North American shores. The whole debate over the historical Nat Turner and whether or not he was insane is so filled with racial hypocrisy that it makes me sick. How come revolutionaries who just happen to be men of color such as Che Guevara, Malcolm x, Nat Turner, and Toussaint L’Ouverture are demonized or deemed crazy or too violent/murderous, while white geniuses like Christopher Columbus, John Calvin, and others have their sins surpassed only by their supposed “greatness.” The insanity plea is a luxury for the recent white domestic terrorists making the news, but it is placed as an insult for men of color who took up arms in self-defense. Why is the case?

Just something to think about.

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4 thoughts on “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

  1. I think one of the answers to your question here is that those who are comfortable and in control view change in the same way Superman views kryptonite.

    Also, the theory of cognitive dissonance says that when presented with two or more conflicting messages, we tend to take the easiest way out and often that means criticizing those who challenge our current state of comfort.

  2. Che Guevara was white, of Irish and Basque descent.. you though cause he was from Argentina (which is a predominately white nation) he was a man of colour? Lord, you Americans aren’t bright.

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