Stephen in “Django Unchained”

Anatomy of a 21st Century Uncle Tom

In Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 movie Django Unchained, there is a scene where Stephen, a loyal House slave belonging to plantation owner Calvin Candie comes into contact with a fellow black man named Django. When his master introduces Django, Stephen objects to his master’s hospitality towards the visitor saying, “Calvin, just who the hell is this nigger you feel the need to entertain.” From the moment Django steps into Calvin’s…