Black History Month Heroes: Persephone in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" and Guinevere in BBC’s "Merlin"

(Editors note: I know not everyone enjoys Black Fictional Month Heroes, but there is a reason we do them. Also, the publisher of the book will be sending me the link for where to purchase SBPDL: Year One. As soon as it is available on their Web site, it will be available on Amazon.)

Think about why there was an uproar over Thor for one moment. You remember that media firestorm right? We wrote about the movie Thor back in April of 2010 and pointed out the oddity of a Black guy cast as a Norse God.

Months later a Boycott Thor Web site was created that brought media attention to the oddity of white people coming together to voice concern over the portrayal of Norse God as a Black guy. Black people, who complained about the casting of Angelia Jolie as Cleopatra and, well, complain about almost everything else that involves a clash of different races in America and the inevitable metrics showcasing Black failures that such an encounters inevitably produce, should be overjoyed that Idris Elba was cast as Heimdall.

Persephone was Greek, right? So why is she Black in Percy Jackson?

It was a horrible year for Black people at the movies in 2010 and adding a Black guy to the pantheon of Nordic Gods makes perfect sense when you factor in Hollywood’s fanatic goal of creating fictional Black heroes (like the ones we profile here) that sadly lack real world counterparts.

That a nation once existed – just watch Turner Classic Movies (TCM) – that didn’t apologize for being white strikes one who can see as an ethereal thought when you consider that Black Run America’s (BRA) Department of Education mandates the teaching of Black students that every failure of their race is due to white racism and that every evil in the world is courtesy of nefarious white people; that myths once existed that grounded a certain people together creating an immutable bond to the past, present, and future is a thought so extreme that these myths must be purged or sanitized for a more diverse audience.

Hence the need to include Morgan Freeman in 12th century England in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves the portrayal of Friar Tuck as a Black guy in the BBC’s recent Robin Hood production. Though England had virtually no Black people 50 years ago (and a non-existent crime rate), the future of the once great United Kingdom must have a past that is palatable to the Black people who now reside there.

That the people behind Thor would dare cast all of the Nordic Gods as – God forbid – white people isn’t conducive to the new myths that must bring together the diverse people that now reside in Western Europe and America.

Movies and television represent the shared culture of modern America now, bringing the intellectual proclivities and progressive mindset of New York City and Los Angeles to areas of the country that consider both places synonymous with Sodom and Gomorrah. These areas imbibe this culture nevertheless, just as the British people joyfully drink from the culture cup that the BBC in London provides them.

Few people even complained that the recent BBC adaptation of Merlin cast a Black girl as Guinevere. Angel Coulby is that Black girl and though England was home to an all-white population when the Arthurian legend was purported to have transpired, rare is the eye that publicly bashes at such inaccurate castings.

Wait… Guinevere is Black? Weren’t all the ancient Britons white?

The Arthur legend of his Knights of the Round Table is too grotesquely white for Cool Britannia, just as those disgusting Greek myths of Zeus had one too many white people as Gods.  In Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the Goddess of Spring Persephone was played by Rosario Dawson. Dawson doesn’t look Greek, but she does have the approved racial look of the future that Quincy Jones’ daughter states is the future of America. 

These myths have the misfortune of being created by a distinct people, a homogeneous people. That Black people were absent during the original telling of these myths is an unfortunate fact rectified by those pushing an agenda of affirmative black-tion.

Joseph Campbell, the author of Hero of a Thousand Faces, studied mythology his entire life and was curiously quiet about the myths that are indigenous to Africa. In a way, one can look at the novel of Alex Haley and the subsequent production of Roots as a creation of new myths.

Movies represent an avenue where new myths conducive to the ruling ideology espoused by BRA can be easily disseminated to an unsuspecting public. This is why Black Fictional Heroes play such an important part in creating that myth and ensuring that it endures.

Fealty to Black people is the new American way. Those who transgress from this mindset are straying from the intense devotion to the mythology of white guilt that creates this desire to placate Black people at every turn.

Even the Tim Burton remake of Willy Wonka was attacked for lacking Black characters. The myths of old are restrictive to a certain people; the myths in BRA must be inclusive to everyone.

Persephone (clip from movie here) and Guinevere, two iconic characters from white mythology have been freed and in a recent movie and TV show cast as Black women. That any white person dare raise their voice over these castings is a sign of revolt; that thousands of voices said “what the Thor?” to the casting of Heimdall as a Black guy is a sign that something is rotten in BRA.

Black Fictional Heroes include the Persephone and Guinevere, as cast in Percy Jackson and Merlin respectively. Don’t Black people have a myth or two that they wrote down (wait, Black people in Africa rarely recorded their myths for posterity) that could be the basis for a movie?

No? Why is that? What are the great Black myths (besides these inventions)?



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