Dalton School Apologizes for Screening Slavery Satire

Javier C. Hernandez, New York Times, January 31, 2014

The Dalton School, one of New York City’s most prestigious private schools, has apologized after screening a satirical movie about a world in which the South won the Civil War.

The film, titled “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” was shown to sophomores at a presentation of history projects on Monday. Its edgy and comical treatment of slavery quickly led to complaints, and on Wednesday, the school met with students and parents to apologize.

“C.S.A.,” released in 2006 and directed by Kevin Willmott, an associate professor at the University of Kansas, is presented in the style of a documentary, nearly 150 years after Ulysses S. Grant surrenders to Robert E. Lee, following the film’s conceit.

The movie is a hodgepodge of commentary by fake historians and altered footage, including an image of a Confederate flag on the moon. {snip}

Some of the most provocative moments come during its spoof advertisements. One ad promotes Confederate Family insurance. “For over 100 years, protecting people and their property,” a narrator says as a slave smiles at the camera. {snip}


In a statement on Wednesday, Dalton’s leader, Ellen C. Stein, pledged to redouble efforts to speak with students and staff members about race.

“We believe in the highest levels of respect and sensitivity for the diverse nature of our student body and community,” she said in a statement. “Monday’s screening should not have taken place and we sincerely regret that the film was shown.”

Earlier this month the school wrestled with another racially sensitive work, overhauling a production of the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” over concerns about the show’s use of Asian stereotypes and references to a slavery ring in China.

Professor Willmott said the school had misinterpreted his film, noting that several of its most controversial ideas are borrowed from history. The movie ends with footnotes.

“This, in essence, is the American problem in race,” he said. “The minute that things become real, the minute that you get close to the edge, everything shuts down.”


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  • I’ve seen that mockumentary. It was somewhere between lame and awful. Don’t waste your time on it if you have not.

    However, you’d think that students at a prestigious school, presumably smart students, would be able to discern satire when they see it.

    • bigone4u

      Comedy that focuses on mockery is a primary tool the power elites use to influence and demoralize us. Jon Stewart Liebowitz is one good example, as is Saturday Night Live. I don’t watch TV anymore, but if I did I would probably shoot it when those shows came on.

      • sbuffalonative

        RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

        Mr. Liebowitz and his tribe of writers are very familiar with Rule #5.

  • Oil Can Harry

    When Ms. Stein claimed she believed in showing “respect and sensitivity” to all her students it was a lie.

    The p.c. film “CSA” was shown by the school in order to mock white Southerners.

    • sbuffalonative

      I haven’t seen it but I did see the Confederate Insurance commercial.

      The funny thing about leftist humor, like the Chappel Show, is that it often ends up exposing a truth they didn’t want exposed.

      One just has to know how to watch it and interpret it with a critical mind.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        “One just has to know how to watch it and interpret it with a critical mind.”

        D’oh! There’s the rub…

  • MekongDelta69

    Aaaaand once again – anti-white feminazis, always ‘redoubling‘ their never-ending groveling, and ‘struggling‘ with the ‘thorny issues‘ of (sssshhh) race (sotto voce), and issuing the mandatory, standard and incredibly boring ‘apology‘ to all non-white human beings in the entire Country / Planet / Solar System / Galaxy / Universe.

    Imagine living a life which is SO INCREDIBLY empty, that they have had nothing new to say in 50 years.

    • Lagerstrom

      Wouldn’t you hate to have to sit with one of them that you may be related to at the dinner table!

      • DNA Explains It All

        I just wouldn’t as shots would be fired.

  • bigone4u

    “We believe in the highest levels of respect and sensitivity for the diverse nature of our student body and community,”
    Translation of the doublespeak: Every racial and sexual group except Whites, conservatives, males, heterosexuals, and Christians will be glorified in our curriculum.

  • Druid

    Dalton School Apologizes for Screening Slavery Satire
    I think I see an opportunity here. Possibly, I could start a “startup” of apology writing (maybe singing apologies, etc.) for all conceivable situations. Of course, I’d be online. Mall are old hat. I think I’ll run with this.

  • dd121

    CSA may not be a literary coup but it’s very entertaining to see the lefties get enraged when someone ridicules their sacred cows.

  • MBlanc46

    The usual groveling and apologies whenever someone does something that offends a minority. Sickening.

  • TXCriollo

    I watched this movie in a college history class, i made a few good points on how this is over exaggerated and was created to cause white southern people to look evil. This was a college in ohio and i am from texas. The prof surprisingly did not cut me off, he asked well do you think the nation would be better if the south had won. I said we would be the same as we are today, i go much less liberal, but slavery would be long gone, he goes you think so but the white people in the south live off the work of slaves. I go not true most whites in the south were poor, now everything was about profit just like today, a avg white person couldnt afford a slave, but if something was invented that was cheaper and got more work done they would buy it. Funny this prof never thought of a tractor, he goes what do you mean, people used horses and wagons to transport things, now we use trucks goes faster cheaper more efficient. The convo went longer and when i was all said and done he goes wow you make a good point, i then told him why do you attack your own people were in it together north and south. Last i heard he does not show this film anymore in his class

  • Spartacus

    “In a statement on Wednesday, Dalton’s leader, Ellen C. Stein…”


  • Truth Teller

    The above shows exactly why most non Christians are not to be trusted. They are devoted to the destruction of the West.

  • Long Live Dixie

    The movie is ridiculous in many ways. The ridiculous thing that most stood out to me is that the CSA takes the entire North after victory. Why would the CSA do that? That would have put us right back to where we started from – a minority in a union with strangers.

    • Tom B.

      Amazing, 150 years after their victory they are still capable of dreaming up new ways to ridicule and revile us. Maintaining a hatred for that long has got to be some kind of record—imagine how deep that hatred would be if they had lost.

  • Brian

    These idiot complainers don’t even realize that sorry, ham-fisted excuse for a film (I’ve seen it) is _on their side_.

    • Tom B.

      ON THEIR SIDE! It is a complete mockery of the South. I am truly amazed by your comments —you actually watched it! Amazing!

      • Brian

        I know it’s a complete mockery of the south. The ‘film’ is anti-white propaganda, and yet the PC pod people complaining about it think it’s racist. I love watching the multicultists eat their own.

        • Tom B.

          Sorry then–I misunderstood.

    • A few years ago, there was a short lived show on ABC called Homeland Security USA. It was mainly about HLS agents, mostly at real or implied international borders, and sometimes showed the rare instances when HLS enforces immigration law on illegal aliens.

      The Razatards had a fit, protested ABC-TV’s production HQ in Burbank, California, and some of our people in the immigration patriot sector showed up to counter-protest and support the show.

      I watched a few episodes, and wondered what all the fuss was about. In reality, the Razatards should have supported the show and our kind of people opposed it.


      Because the show was propaganda, to make you think the border and immigration situation was far more under control than it is actually. It was trying to create a fake reality in order to neutralize our kind of people.

  • DNA Explains It All

    One thing is certain though, had we won the CW (ver 1.0), we would have a lot better space program today.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Yes, and we wouldn’t have had to send up all those monkeys the first few times.

  • M&S

    They lost me at the black gardener.
    Shrug, call me insensitive but if a woman, Southern or not, wishes to serve me lemonade, sitting on the porch of a hot summer afternoon, that’s her call and not a sexist tradition because I won’t ask for it, even though I know how to say thank you as well as the next person (is she also supposed to be black?).
    That’s hospitality and really nice as a gift from one member of the household to another.
    I would be more likely than the wife to be out on the lawn with my daughter, simply because I have the greater strength and speed to keep up with her as she tries to ride her bike _on the sidewalk_ where bumps in the ground are not likely to turn the front tire.
    But if I am going to have outside work done because I’m too busy with my family, I’m certainly not going to cheapen the quality of it, hiring someone who I am uncomfortable being around, just to knock a few bucks off the topend.
    Nor would a ‘Confederate States Insurance’ group show a black in a white domestic scene, mugging for the camera, when the audience was intended to be other whites.
    This isn’t satire, it’s race baiting.
    Self respecting Whites don’t want to be around other races.
    Why force such false pretense upon us as an artifice of racism? Whites don’t victimize blacks by employing them at underpaying jobs. They _want them to go away_ and live their own lives, separate from us.

  • LHathaway

    Play mocks whites; white apologize for being racist – towards people of color.

  • gellero

    Ironically…….distributed by the Weinstein Co.

    One of Dear Leader’s most ardent supporters.

  • Tacitus1

    Those who hate the South show just how ignorant many are of American history. The South did not wish to force slavery on the North, just decide the issue on the state level. Lincoln did not start the war to end slavery, many if not most abolitionist wished to export freedmen, ext.