Contemplating "White Romanticism"
"We can be slaves, or we can be Lycans!!!" - Does this vomitacious quote ring a bell for you?
As predicted, the white guilt fantasy genre is evolving. Instead of the White Messiah message, writers are trying to be a little more subtle, lest writers like Annalee Newitz rip them a new one on the issues concerning race. Now, instead of romanticizing historical and faux historical battles, white American writers are romanticizing the discrimination and dehumanization which often brings about said battles. Now, instead of the white guy joining "the natives", he's born one, conveniently freeing him of the "privilege" stigma (so as to take his "struggle" more seriously). Keep in mind that the "glamour of persecution" is fucking everywhere these days, from commercials of Hot Pocket eaters who feel stigmatized by hamburger-eaters, to commercials where joggers fear some day they'll be harassed like skateboarders - this bullshit is everywhere.
Hollywood's a better example, of course. In the piece-of-shitastic third installment of the Underworld franchise, the werewolf Lucian is born into servitude. In Spartacus: Blood & Sand, the main dude is a white dude sold to a gladiatorial manager. Spartacus consistently rebels and speaks out against the slave-master dynamic, while the token Negro who cracks the whip wholeheartedly embraces it...so much that he has to be mentally "freed" by yet another white dude in the season finale.
And remember Defiance? You know, the Craig Daniel flick which came and went, just as God intended? You know Edward Zwick's hand was behind that shit, right? The same hand, which made Tom Cruise into a samurai and turned African tragedies involving diamonds and child soldiers into a romance between white folks, also just had to stick its fingers into the motherfucking Holocaust - just what the fuck is Zwick planning to do next? A God-awful Last Samurai prequel in which he does an in-depth glamorization of the extermination of Native Americans?
And what's with all the hideous "speeches" in these goddamn films? What's with the "we are not slaves/animals/sheep, we are Spartans, we will fight back, this is 'our' land, blah blah blah"? Echhh!!! Like...shudder much?
All these films do is remind people of color how clueless white Americans are in matters of race, oppression, and history. All they are, children, are testaments to white American narcissism, lack of insight, and horrifyingly mind-numbing denial.
White Americans, stop romanticizing this type of shit - it's not "romantic". And stop fantasizing about being slaves - there is nothing fantasy-worthy about that shit. It doesn't make us "the same"; it's not going to "bring us together". Only a privileged, dimwitted, complete and utter shithead could sit down, write this bullshit, and seriously think that shit like this is going to help usher in a post-racial society - uh...it's really not.
And white Americans, stop scratching and scraping and dissecting your alleged moments of discrimination/history of oppression. You have white privilege. You are born with it. Whatever suffering a distant, nonexistent Native American ancestor of yours experienced isn't negatively affecting you now. You are not "Irish" either - the Irish themselves have made that shit clear time and again. So you can all stop behaving like rich kids looking for "street cred"...after all, it's in and of itself a sign of privilege.
Fashion tip from Moi for white people wondering about "their turn": don't worry. If and when you finally experience real discrimination - real, in-your-face, nothing-you-can-do dehumanization - you will know it. You won't need someone to "point it out" to you. And you will not like it. You won't find one iota of amusement in the situation, so you will most certainly not smile, smirk, giggle, snicker, or cackle about it. It will not be an experience you'll treasure and keep close to your heart, to break out and parade during racial discussions in futile hopes of "winning". It will be the ugliest experience of your life and you will not just "get over it" when it's done.