February 6, 2013

'Django Unchained' & Racism of Phrenology

James Poskett, Guardian

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"Why don't they kill us?" asks Calvin Candie, the southern slave owner inQuentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. He wants to know why the African slaves he brutalises do not rise up and take revenge. Before long, he has the skull of a recently deceased slave on the dinner table. "The science of phrenology," he announces, "is crucial to understanding the separation of our two species."

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TAGGED: Racism, Phrenology, Slavery