That's just how I feel about it. Most historians agree that only about one quarter of the Civil War era southern men owned slaves, so he could have been one of the majority confederates with no slaves but no real understanding of African Americans, either. That would have been the sort of realism I like.
Most white men of that time, Northerner or Southerner, would not have assumed that a black man was his equal. By making Bohanon an anachronistic character, they've lost the point of setting this show in 1865. If the writers can't deal with the way people were in 1865 (unless they're villains of course), then why are they making a historical drama at all?
ITA That would have been so much more interesting.
I wish the showrunners had incorporated the Central Pacific story into the show. The competition between the two groups and the Chinese immigrant experience would have introduced something fresher to the story.
The revenge dish is getting ice cold now after all the Mel Gibson movies and dozens of pay-back westerns. It's such an obvious excuse to let the hero be brutally violent but still a "good guy."
Too bad no one in that old west church carried a gun -- we could have saved an hour.