If You Don’t Like How Black People Are Depicted In Movies Produced By Whites, Don’t Whine About It, Boycott. It Really Is That Simple.

Hollywood has been depicting Black people in the most demeaning roles since day one and for us to continue to hand over our hard-earned dollars to sit up and watch pure shit is ridiculous even if we are doing so in order to write down our thoughts on just how fucked over Black people are in the latest film to come down the pike.

A blogger I follow never fails to post her perspective on every movie that portrays a Black person or in other words, an American descendant of slaves in a demeaning, stereotypical or otherwise fucked up way and each time she has posted her perspective, not one time has there been a perspective detailing the wonderful and glorifying role for the American descendant of slaves. Each time, the Black body has been compartmentalized such as in ‘The Help’, ‘The Butler’, ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘Monster’s Ball’, ‘Twelve Years A Slave’, ‘Mandingo’, ‘Birth of A Nation’, ‘The Jazz Singer’, ‘Aladdin’ and the list is endless. Each perspective basically mirrors the previous perspective and on and on it goes.

So my question would be, “Why sit up and watch what you already know that you are going to see and take umbrage with?” Whites are not going to change. Maybe a person is so desperate to be entertained that anything will do, but when the script is always the same and continues in that vein and ends as predicted, why even bother anymore? I just don’t get it. But then again, I don’t watch TV, nor do I spend my money sitting in a movie theater to watch some mess that I know I am going to complain about since whites ALWAYS depict Black people in the worst possible way while at the same time, portraying themselves as saviors and the very milk of human kindness when nothing could be further from the truth.

We get it! Hollywood shits on Black people, ALWAYS and that will never change. Until Black people pool their money together and open their own studios and produce their own movies, the portrayal of Black people in movies as thugs, prostitutes, drug addicts, ghetto hood rats, mammies, butlers, slaves and the like will continue. Whites enjoy their privilege of denigrating Black people and portraying them in the most demeaning ways possible while they sit back and pretend that even their shit don’t stink. But at the same time, since we already know that this shit is going to go down, why continue to sit there and watch that mess? Why give whites your money because when you do, how does that adversely affect them? It doesn’t. It merely emboldens the whites to continue to produce the same vile shit and that is why you are writing a perspective or an analysis that basically says the same thing, over and over again. Nothing changes. You need only change the title of the movie and the perspective or analysis fits each and every movie that has even one Black actor/actress ‘playing’ in it.

One movie the blogger took exception to is titled “Ma, Revenge of the Mammy.” Now, right out of the gate, I am not going to waste my time and especially my money watching something with that title. As I have stated previously, do we need to see any more ‘mammy’ films? Hell no! Why would we? If you’ve seen one ‘mammy’ film, you’ve seen them all.

Another movie that the blogger wrote her perspective on is titled, “Aladdin,” with Will Smith playing the role of a genie. Like I am going to head to a theater to sit up and watch that mess. Hell no! I also read the perspective on “Aladdin” posted by yet another blogger that I follow and he is also Black and he did not like the movie and he stated that Will Smith’s awkward performance as the Genie made him look more like a flamboyant wedding planner than the cosmic comedy act he was supposed to be.

Meanwhile, Black America is burning! Black America is fucked up and Black people are using their voice to write perspectives on why whites are still insisting that Black people play subservient and dumbass roles in white produced films; fake ass fantasy produced by fake ass Hollywood. Why are we even sitting up in movie theaters in the first damn place watching this shit play out? The white man is a given. We know he ain’t about shit and is not about to put a Black person in a role that is uplifting or has any real and true meaning or value for Black people. Whites are our mortal enemy and they show us that shit each and every single day because while you sit your ass up in a movie theater, some Black man, woman and child is getting unholy hell beat out of them by racist cops or are being herded to prison on bullshit drug charges or are being denied loans, housing, employment and some more shit. Homelessness is an epidemic among Black people and because of homelessness, typhus and hookworm are extremely problematic for Black people who we all know don’t get adequate health care if they can get any healthcare at all. Gentrification is taking place all across this country. Focus on that! The few remaining hoods all have Asian liquor stores on every corner. They have ‘convenience’ stores owned by those Hindu motherfuckers on every corner robbing us blind while selling us outdated products at the same time. The Asians are also all up in the hood selling Black hair care products since they have cornered the market on that shit, not to mention the Asian takeout joints selling fried rice and fake ass beef broccoli.

But you want to concentrate on some meaningless shit like a movie. Seriously???!!! You could use your pen and your perspective on what really matters because that shit on a movie screen does not matter since not one of us should be sitting in a movie theater watching movies produced by our mortal enemy. What matters is what is going down daily that you fail to even acknowledge because you want us to understand that Hollywood is continuing to fuck us over in how Black people are typecast. Black America is burning and yet we are supposed to get all bent-out-of-shape over some well-paid Black actors/actresses that do ‘make believe’ when reality needs far more attention than it is receiving. If those Black people have no problem playing the fool, the slave, the butler, the mammy, the white man’s bed wench, the idiot, the prostitute, the pimp, the drug dealer; that shit is on them. There would not be a role for those stereotypes if there were not Black actors/actresses willing to play them and to say that Black people don’t have the money to open their own studios and produce their own movies is pure bullshit because though Blacks in Hollywood are not paid nearly what their white counterparts are paid, many have not done that poorly that they could not pool their money together and in all actuality open their own studios and produce their own movies. But no! They want the white man to pat them on their weave come Oscars time and Golden Globes time and on and on it goes for playing roles that a cockroach wouldn’t take. Again, that shit’s on them!

And you are just as bad as the Blacks who star in those roles because if not for people like you paying the white man when you head inside a movie theater and pay for that ticket, popcorn, soda, nachos and more shit of the like, the white man would not continuously put out those movies. Whites don’t do a goddamn thing unless there is profit in it. Take the profit out and that shit stops. But you won’t do that because Black people love to be entertained even if we are being entertained by watching mammies, slaves, fake ass African kingdoms, Black butlers, maids, pimps and prostitutes. As long as we can watch some make believe fake ass Black Panther “Wakanda Forever” shit and some Aladdin shit and some Twelve Years A Slave, Mandingo, The Help, The Butler, Ma, the Mammy and some more shit of the like, why we is there with bells on and money in hand! We really are our own worst enemy and I see more proof of this every goddamn day. More’s the damn pity!

Even the BBC took umbrage with Octavia Spencer starring in ‘Ma, Revenge of the Mammy.”

Octavia Spencer has played a maid, nurse or cleaner a total of 21 times, including in two of her three Oscar-nominated performances

A creation of white supremacy

Maybe the most important thing to know about mammy, though, is that she never actually existed. As evidenced in the research of historians including Cheryl Thurber and Patricia Turner, while the care of white children in the antebellum US South was sometimes entrusted to enslaved people, these ‘house slaves’ were typically light-skinned teenage girls (conditions for enslaved black women were, in any case, so harsh that 90 per cent died before their 50th birthday). Given the poor diet available to slaves, they were also highly unlikely to have been either fat or jolly. All this, according to the psychologist Chanequa Walker-Barnes, “affirms that Mammy was a largely mythical figure with little basis in the lived experiences of black women.”

Indeed, as Thurber has noted, literary depictions of the mammy peaked several decades after slavery, in nostalgic memoirs of the Old South written between 1906 and 1912. Along with other ‘controlling images’ of African-Americans such as the Sambo, the Jezebel and the Sapphire, the mammy was a creation of white supremacy, intended to bolster and legitimise the status quo. Or, put more simply, the US were so desperate to be absolved of the crimes of slavery, that such an absolver — maternal, asexual, ever-loyal and black — had to be invented.

But yeah, I really want to go see that! And believe me, big fucking eye-roll going on here!

Walt Disney Told Our Story!

 

 

Black History Month is at an end
and Walt Disney told our story.
We learned about Wakanda
and Black Panther got the glory.

Wearing dashikis and head wraps,
we clapped and cheered for Wakanda;
that magical of all kingdoms,
it looks just like Uganda!

Now, Uganda is over in Africa,
and the poverty rate is high.
Healthcare is abysmal
and people with cholera, they still die.

The folks over in Somalia?
They ain’t looking so good.
Trump just bombed them again,
just like I knew he would.

But over by way of Ethiopia,
the folks there got a plight.
They ain’t eating at all.
And it ain’t about a hunger strike.

The African women of Liberia
have long been seen as slaves;
sex slaves to be exact
and that don’t get no praise.

What about over in Kenya?
They got educated folks
and still, some end up homeless
Look it up, this ain’t no hoax.

Now we come to Ghana,
is this a kingdom too?
It was once ruled by the British.
Does that give you a clue?

Libya is off the chain
and slavery is everywhere.
America and NATO
filled Libyans with despair.

But we celebrate Black History Month
with Black Panther to the rescue.
There’s a kingdom over in Africa,
where lives the privileged few.

Wakanda, is its name.
Its Black Panther leads the charge
against usurpers to the throne
within the kingdom or at large.

Vibranium is its weapon,
against enemies far and wide.
I bet real African nations
wish this kingdom was by their side.

Between fantasy and reality,
we choose fantasy every time.
and we’d rather pay Walt Disney
 our last hard-earned dime.

We don’t care about Liberia,
because that is just too real.
And we don’t live in Uganda
where cholera is a big deal.

We want to live in Wakanda,
fake as it can be.
But that is what we are,
fake people with a fake history.

This here ends Black History,
with many thanks to Walt Disney
who sat us down in Wakanda;
a kingdom; a magical fantasy.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2018 Shelby I. Courtland

In my opinion, it is a shame that throughout this entire short month that has been set aside to showcase Black History, Walt Disney and Marvel COMICS took over the focus that should have been on REAL Black heroes and heroines who were on the front lines, battling  slavery, oppression, Jim Crow, segregation, voting rights, gentrification, mass unemployment, mass homelessness, a school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, income inequality, substandard health care, cuts to education, inadequate housing, economic inequality, food insecurity, crime, violence, drugs, gangs, teen pregnancies and high homicide rates of Black youth in inner cities and the list is endless.

There was no focus on the above because Black people were so easily distracted into wearing African head wraps and dashikis because a movie was hyped about a fictional kingdom in Africa where there was untold wealth and a superhero to the rescue to protect his rich kingdom.

We would rather remain blind to the facts and to reality. We want, for two hours, to forget the realities we face because we need to be made to ‘feel good’ about belonging to some kingdom in Africa that isn’t even real. How pathetic is that? We want Walt Disney to hurry up and give us Part II of “Wakanda Forever” just in time for next Black History Month so that we can, again, focus on fantasy and not on our reality. How sad is that?

When have we ever lived a “Wakanda Forever” life here in AmeriKKKa? Do you seriously think that even with the links that I have provided in my poem, that the REAL Africa is anything at all like what Walt Disney would have you believe?

When you left the theater, did you see “Wakanda” when you stepped outside? Did you see “Wakanda” when you returned home? Did you see “Wakanda” when you checked out the local news where you live? Did you see “Black Panther” save any Black man, woman or child from being arrested or shot and killed by cops for playing in a park with a toy gun or for failing to use the proper turn signal or for selling loose, un-taxed cigarettes or for simply sleeping in their bed?

How did paying Walt Disney and Marvel Comics for the ‘pleasure’ of watching their distraction help you in any way? Did wearing your dashiki and African head wrap stop the police from pulling you over? Did wearing your dashiki and African head wrap stop your landlord from handing you an eviction notice because your neighborhood is about to be gentrified? Did the “Black Panther” swoop down and take you to “Wakanda Forever?” If you are reading this, Black man, woman, teenager(the few who can read), then the answer is “NO!”

Black History Month? Who needs it when we’ve got “Wakanda Forever!”

“Wakanda?” Forever!

“Thank you Walt Disney for supplying us with our REAL and TRUE History, THIS Black History Month! All hail Walt Disney!”