The Biased Portrayal of Black People in Movies

The black skin tone has come to be associated with evil. Villains in more than 50% of movies have the tendency to have a darker skin tone than the rest of the folks on the set. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why this happens?

Consider even the simplest examples- cartoons and animations that our kids consume.

Is it not weird that Simba’s wicked uncle in the Lion King animation was black. Think about it!

Consciously or subconsciously, the younger generation are trained to perceive the black skin tone as the mark of evil.

The story’s told of a black American woman who went to the cinemas to see a movie.

In that movie, there were black cannibals who certainly had weird ways to life but there were also some white bad guys who did a lot of irrational killing.

At some point in the movie, the lady had to take a breather so she walked outside the theater. Just outside of it, she caught sight of a man- a white man- and his son. One way or the other, a conversation ensued between this woman and the dad. She told him about how she couldn’t stand a scene gory with countless creeping ants. But the boy, he expressed that he couldn’t stand the black people.

The black people? Why? But there were whites who did uncomparably gruesome things in the movie.

Of course, his father felt embarrassed by this exchange. He felt embarrassed by his son’s open expression of his strong dislike for black people to a black woman. Before he left, he promised to make things right with his son’s perception of black people. We don’t know the end of that story.

But maybe and just maybe, his dislike had been caused by what he had grown to see from other movies- the somewhat biased portrayal of black people as the epitome of evil in a lot of the movies and cartoons he has so far seen: black villains, black peddlers, and all of that stuff.

I personally believe that a lot of movie makers need to know that evil has no colour, scum has no gender, and crime has no race.

Movies are powerful. They exist beyond the purpose of entertainment. They frame a bias of what is right and what is wrong for the future generations.

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