By Hervé St-Louis
December 7, 2008 - 19:00
Iraqis ambush Sergeant Jamal Stuart, a tank commander in Iraq in an operation in the desert only to be saved by his great, great grandfather, Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. General Stuart is a ghost whose sole mission in the afterlife is to protect his descendants when they are engaged in war. The problem is Jamal Stuart is black and General is a Confederate plantation owner! Will Jamal accept the help of this less than politically correct ancestor, or will he reject his ancestor’s slave-owning past?
The first issue centered on the incongruous situation that explains much of how America’s history shaped its people. Many blacks in the United States today, are descendants of the union of white slave owners and black slaves. This issue barely glanced at the entire debate, focusing instead on the weirdness of a ghost appearing in the middle of a war, and the urgency of the Iraq debacle the Stuart and his fellow soldiers are facing.
Rating: 6 /10