I broke off the chains only the realest remain
Given that the perspective of this song is from that of Django, I think this is likely clever wordplay. Obviously, Django (Ross) is a freeman for all but the prologue of the movie. However, I do not think that this line examines only the physical chains of slavery. Despite his status as a freeman, I think he is examining both the psychological scars of slavery as well as the stigma of being a free black man in 1850’s America. As the narrator discusses later, the psychological scars inflict pain in his psyche long after he frees himself from bondage. Although Django broke free from his physical bondage, moreover, his status as a free man does not release him from his color in a racially divided America. Therefore, only the “realest” chains against freedom remain: 1850’s racism.
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