Amazon has a post-slavery series in the works, one that social media is already favoring more than HBO's upcoming "Confederate."
Deadline reports that "Black America" will show an "an alternate history where newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery, and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny." The show hails from Will Packer and Aaron McGruder.
The announcement of the show comes just weeks after HBO caused social media fire with news of "Game of Thrones" masterminds David Benioff and D.B. Weiss planed series, "Confederate." That show will chronicle "the events leading to the Third American Civil War" in "a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution."
Users on Twitter fired off a movement to stop the series with the hashtag #NoConfederate, which was trending worldwide on Sunday night as the latest episode of "Thrones" aired. Today, however, the social network was filled with tweets celebrating Amazon's show.
April Reign, who created both the #NoConfederate and #OscarsSoWhite hashtags, was among the many supporters.
Now this is a muthafuckin' alt-history https://t.co/LYB3NmgT9O— Marcus Jones (@MarcusJonesNY) August 1, 2017
me, reading about the new Amazon show, Black America: pic.twitter.com/ASZJkq8uJ6— J. A. Micheline⚡️ (@elevenafter) August 1, 2017
Not a clap back but a BOOM! "Black America"— Freedomfighter (@paulleetick) August 1, 2017
HBO defended their show in a statement following the Twitter backlash, saying ""We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around 'Confederate, we have faith that Nichelle, Dan, David and Malcolm will approach the subject with care and sensitivity. The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see."
The "GoT" team are working with Malcom and Nichelle Tramble Spellman, two African-American writers who told Vulture that the real judgement of the show should come the day that people actually see it.
"This is not a world in which the entire country is enslaved. Slavery is in one half of the country. And the North is the North," Malcolm said. "The imagery should be no whips and no plantations."