Why “Walking Dead” is dead to me

Excellent article. This is why I don’t watch a lot of these shows with ‘Black characters’. I prefer this in most instances:

Anyhow, an excellent article by author Stephen Barnes!

Steven Barnes

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SPOILER WARNING:  No, screw it.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

Upton Sinclair

And here, predictable as clockwork, is the balancing essay to my comments about “Focus” just a few days ago.   No, my optimism is still high, for the movie, our country, and the human race.   But it is important to speak about this because I’ve watched it for five years, had innumerable conversations about it, and while I often loved the show, at times it felt like watching a slow-motion train wreck.

I’m done with “Walking Dead.” And the Upton Sinclair quote needs to be modified to be understood in this context: it is difficult to get someone to understand something if understanding would cost them pleasure, or cause pain, or acknowledge their privilege.    It isn’t quite “you can’t wake up someone who is pretending…

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  1. #1 by Uglyblackjohn on October 21, 2015 - 17:04

    When I was a kid we would fight over watching ‘Thundercats’ or ‘Robotech’. I convinced my brothers and friends that we were watching Robotech by explaining that it had Black people in it. Claudia (in what shocked us kids because she was in a relationship with a white dude. THE white dude in early episodes.) ended dying though.

    The latest Resident Evil series has Boris Kodjoe as THE alpha-male. I doubt his character will make the last movie though because I could see his character and Alice (or least Jill Valentine or Claire Redfield) hooking up.

    In The Matrix movies there seemed to be an inordinate (by American standards) amount of Blacks in Zion. The sacrificial lamb was not Morpheus nor the Oracle (well, I guess she DID die once) but the white dude and his girl.

    Which brings me to the Fast and Furious franchise. While Vin’s ethnicity is ambiguous and his crew is the most racially diverse that I’ve seen – at least he gets to be the Alpha, still gets the girl and he doesn’t die.

  2. #2 by tribalmysticstories on February 29, 2016 - 07:31

    I thought you may be interested in this one written by my friend Paco. http://insearchofatsukojackson.blogspot.com.au

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