Updated: Jun 16
I remember watching for the first time Alice Walker's film adaption from her book, The Color Purple. I was stunned by the audacious portrayal of incest and pedophilia on the big screen, as was the NAACP and other prominent civil rights organizations who bitterly criticized Walker's book for openly breaching the taboo of airing black folk's laundry in public. There were loud calls to boycott the Color Purple, even though incest and pedophilia were common on plantations, as portrayed in the film. Incest was a systemic element of the institution of slavery, particularly in the South.