UNDERGROUND WEB WORLD
HBO'S EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES
GENOCIDE, RACISM AND
THE FOUNDING OF AMERICA
We don't agree with all aspects of this series but we do feel it is highly relevant in showing the importance of genocide in American history. Indeed, this HBO series is a landmark in the history of American television. Never before has a major commercial network put out a series that is so severe in its indictment of American genocide. The mini-series is directed and narrated by the acclaimed film maker, humanitarian and activist, Raoul Peck. This series is guided by the book written by Sven Lindqvist, Peck also used Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s book analyzing historical narratives, Silencing the Past: Power and Production of History and book by historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz called An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Peck is well-known for using his own experiences from growing up Haitian along with characters of historical and political events to elucidate societal issues. Through his works like I Am Not Your Negro and Lumumba, Peck strives to bring viewers closer to grave matters and tell the expanded story of certain historical events. Both Peck’s and Lindqvist’s pieces thoroughly discuss the darkest hours of humanity and the implications of our past, applying a creative addition to the debate of how the U.S. and other European nations rose to power. Both Peck’s and Lindqvist’s pieces adopted their title from the novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, addressing the intersection of imperialism, religion and race. One of the most famous lines of this piece is “exterminate all the brutes!”.
GENERAL BACKGROUND WORK