THE MAGIC NEGRO
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is a very interesting article I saw in the Washington
post. Like many Black people I have been long
annoyed by the way non white people are used in
a movie industry dominated by White supremacy.
One of the main pathologies is commonly referred
to as "the magic Negro syndrome". That's
where Black characters are brought in to serve
as noble, wise, many times suffering, "guides"
to specifically help the main White character
understand or transcend some deep metaphysical
concept, trauma or life challenge.
Think The Green Mile or even The Matrix. The reverse
of this genre is the Black male who is leading
and making decisions without serving/helping some
White person; he is often portrayed as a monster
like Denzel Washington in Training day. Or Dr
Richard Daystrom in the Star Trek episode M5.
article does a pretty good job of identifying
the phenomenon. But that's not why I'm doing this
analysis on it. What I found most interesting
about this article is not the content, but who
wrote it. Usually the White supremacist assign
Black writers to report on these Black pathologies,
since they lack critical information regarding
the mechanics of how White supremacy works. But
this article appears to have been written by a
White female; Rita Kempley.
is this significant?
this is a classic case of two common White supremacy
tactics often seen when discussing mistreatment
based on color:
Keep the focus on non white people.
"Drunken clown" strategy.
you have an article written by a White person
concerning how Black people are mistreated in
the area of activity known as entertainment and
she spends most of the time quoting Black people.
This keeps the focus off the perpetrators (White
as a White person, Rita Kempley has access to
more information about the way White people think
than any Black person, yet most of her quotes
are from Black people. I call this the "drunken
clown syndrome"; I've got over sized shoes,
a big red nose, a painted on smile and a polka
dot jump suit...but I'm here asking you HOW TO
often see this routine on TV when a White person
will ask a Black person questions about racism,
with full knowledge that victims of racism don't
know enough about White supremacy to stop the
again, this tactic keeps the focus of the investigation
to stop racism White supremacy off White people
and on to anything else including "truck
drivers", "tulips" "ham sandwiches...;
and I suspect this is why White people use it.
James Baldwin once said: If a White person knows
they don't wanna be Black, they know everything
there is to know about you.