Adam Serwer, writing for Mother Jones:
Flawed as Django may be, it remains a deeply satisfying rebuke to racism in Western cinema. Cobb writes that “a response to slavery—even a cowardly, dishonorable one like what we witness with Stephen—highlights the depravity of the institution.” I couldn’t agree more, and that’s why I think Django is far superior to Basterds. Nazis are the original disposable foreign antagonists, whereas Django’s enemies are a part of American history and of a type occasionally viewed as Western heroes.
Great take on what has become the most controversial film in years. For the record, I loved it.