Was Candi really evil? Or was he just a product of his environment? As a white guy raised in the south this movie really made me think about how I would act if I was placed in that situation. I mean I know slavery is wrong.

But what if I was raised in a society in which I was constantly bombarded with the message that slavery was a just institution? What if on top of that my father and grandfather were plantation owners and growing up slavery was a part of normal every day life to me? Also since the bible explicitly endorses slavery even if I turned to religion I'd be bombarded with the message that slavery is a just institution [Colossians 3:22, Titus 2:9-10, 1 Peter 2:18, Ephesians 6:5-6, etc].

It makes me wonder if slave owners were inherently evil, or if they really believed that it was morally acceptable to commit evil acts because of the society they were raised in.