You knew it coming. Last year for Black History Month we brought you Black Fictional Heroes, an ode to the monumental roles Black people have had in Hollywood that have helped create positive images in the minds of movie goers, television viewers and those who consume vast amounts of popular culture.
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Though the real world produces a scarcity of positive examples of Black people (hence Spike Lee’s vain hope of locating Black men to become teachers, when less than 50 percent of Black males even graduate high school), Hollywood has helped craft the ideal (idol?) numinous negro to supplant the continuous inundation of negative information that emanates from the Black community.
Television gave us The Cosby Effect, a by-product of that wonderfully fictional Black family that Americans invited into their homes on a weekly basis during the 1980s. Though 72 percent of Black children are born to single mothers (an incredibly high percent never makes it past the second trimester), the positive images from Bill Cosby’s sitcom denuded many of the negative stereotypes that white people held regarding Black people. “We’d love to have the Huxtable’s as neighbors,” thought many white people viewing The Cosby Show.
Though patterns of residential living suggest otherwise, The Cosby Effect is real. The power of Black Fictional Heroes is real.
NASA can scour America’s elite colleges for the next top Black engineer to no avail, but Hollywood can cast a Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Cuba Gooding Jr. or Morgan Freeman as a top virologist, mechanical engineer, molecular biologist or even God and viola, you have a fictional representative that millions upon millions will see.
What NASA can’t find, Hollywood and television can easily manufacture. That is the beauty of mass media, fabricating images that can create a massive amount of cognitive dissonance among the viewer. The media will constantly bemoan the lack of real-world Black architects, doctors, dentists, ballerinas, engineers, Nordic Gods, and even wine enthusiasts, but movies and television (even commercials) rarely has a shortage of Black people starring in roles reality simply can’t duplicate.
This is the idea behind Black Fictional Heroes. We at SBPDL love movies and through viewing hundreds if not thousands of films have come to admire the tenacity of casting directors in Hollywood who continue to perpetuate the idea of Black Fictional Heroes.
When you watch movies (or television and the commercials between programming) you allow your mind to enter a state of “increased suggestibility” that allows the implantation of the numinous negro phenomenon (what we call the Black Fictional Hero) to easily seep into your brain. Though sports provide the bulk of real-world positive examples of Black people, Hollywood works diligently to program the rest through a steady diet of fictional heroes:
Consider this passage from Four Arguments For The Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander:
I asked … prominent psychologists, partly famous for their work with hypnotism, if they could define the TV experience as hypnotic and, if so, what that meant. I described to each the concrete details of what goes on between viewer and television set: dark room, eyes still, body quiet, looking at light that is flickering different ways, sounds contained to narrow ranges and so on. Dr. Freda Morris (former professor of medical psychology at UCLA and author of several books on hypnosis) said, “It sounds like you are giving a course outline in hypnotic trance induction.”
Dr. Ernest Hilgard, who directs Stanford University’s research program in hypnosis and the author of the most widely used texts in the field (said), “Sitting quietly, with no sensory inputs aside from the screen, no orientating outside the television set is itself capable of getting people to set aside ordinary reality, allowing the substitution of some other reality the set may offer. You can get so imaginatively involved that alternates temporarily fade away. A hypnotist doesn’t have to be interesting. He can use an ordinary voice, and if the effect is to quiet the person, he can invite them into a situation where they can follow his words or actions and then release their imagination along the lines he suggests. Then they drift into hypnosis.”
Now, if anyone were really honest about this, how could they say that the typical watching of television doesn’t fit the same conditions necessary for hypnosis? Of course, some people will scoff at the idea that hypnosis is anything but Quack Science; for those I suggest researching the Department of the Ministry of Truth as described in George Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-Four or Soma as referred to in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. I suggest researching these two only if I can get those of you who still believe television is good or neutral to turn it off for a moment to bother to pick up and read a book.
The point of this is to show that television is a form of hypnosis. Hypnosis is described as “suspension of the critical factor” which expands on the idea of “increased suggestibility.” A person who is hypnotized may accept statements as true that he or she would normally reject…
As I stated in my article (and confirmed by Marie Winn’s book The Plug-In Drug) it is not what is on television that is bad, it is not the content that is damaging; it is the mere act of watching television that is harmful. Television is a displacement of time. It is a huge waste of time — in a hypnotic state — that implants other people’s messages into the viewer’s head.
Think about this: how often do you see movies or television shows where the villain is Black? Though Thug Report showcases the true color of crime, Hollywood would have you believe that only white guys are actively engaging in criminality. Television shows such as Law and Order utilize real-life crimes as plots, yet switch the races from Black culprit to white to ensure that people will watch.
The nightly newscasts that turn into veritable into Thug Report’s is a reality that most people find difficult to live in (though most move flee the problems by moving to whitopia’s), so TV shows and movies constantly manufacture white villains and criminals to root against, while a Black cop becomes the hero.
|From the Super Soaker to creating Batman’s arsenal|
Ask yourself: How many movies or television shows have you ever seen where the Black guy was the villain? In Mission Impossible III, it was teased that Lawrence Fishburne’s character was a rouge member of the IMF, a double-agent for a terrorist cell. Instead, Billy Crudup’s white character was the traitor. To make it worse, he dared suggest Fishburne’s character (Brassel) got the job as head of the IMF because he was an under-qualified Black man, signifying his true immorality:
One of the lone recent movies where the bad guy is Black happens to be Unbreakable. Mr. Glass, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is a super-villain who pulls off acts of terrorism in a bid to find an unbreakable person.
What other television show or movie made recently has a Black antagonist? Movies where they save the world come out routinely, as do movies with a Black person portraying the President of the United States (funny that most of them are president when the world is ending). Name some that have Black bad guys.
Now come up with movies or television shows that have a Black person portraying the moral compass, always there with sage advice or a brilliant new intention. In the real world, the primary invention we have courtesy of Black people is the Super Soaker. In movies, the inventions of Black people help bring about artificial intelligence and the destruction of the world.
This Web site has documented Black Run America (BRA) for almost two years, a tyrannical ideology that governs every aspect of life in the former United States. It seeks to remove any and all vestiges of a once prosperous nation,and in movies we even see history under attack.
Why else would Morgan Freeman be cast in a Robin Hood movie? Because people believe movies and television are an extension of reality and perceive history to be accurately portrayed in them. Though England had almost no Black people in the nation as little as 50 years ago, it makes perfect sense for Freeman to be in 12th century Britain when you apply logic utilized by Hollywood.
Same goes for a Black person playing a Nordic God in Thor, or even a Greek God in Percy Jackson: The Lighting Thief.
Black people provide an endless comedy of errors in the real-world, though Hollywood and television work overtime to create positive examples of Black people through Black Fictional Heroes and compensate for the reality’s deficiencies.
Search the archives for last years inductees and suggest new entrants into this illustrious Hall of Fame. Men like Morgan Freeman, Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy have done more to create positive examples of Black people through their film roles then any bus boycott or civil rights speech ever could dream of replicating.
We will be highlighting Black Fictional Heroes all month, these men and women who have done more to artificially create the perception of equality through their films and television roles then any of the saints you will learn about during Black history month.
Just remember that Black people are more likely to engage in heroism than whites. Then you’ll understand why Black Fictional Heroes month is so important.