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The zombie myth has roots in Haitian slave plantations: they’re fairly transparently about the slaves’ fear of being forced to toil endlessly even after their death. Then this narrative got appropriated and transplanted to America, in film, TV, and fiction. Where it hybridized with white settler fear of a slave uprising. The survivors/protagonists of the zombie plague are the viewpoint the audience is intended to empathize with, but their response to the shambling horde is as brutal and violent as any plantation owner’s reaction to their slaves rising [...]

Charles Stross, “Yet another novel I will no longer write”, Charlie’s Diary, 2020-04-03

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