POC of the Vampire Diaries: Emily Bennett

Previously

The Vampire Diaries
Sheila Bennett

~ Special Edition Post ~

I need to start this one off with a preface or sorts.

1) I'm really not surprised Bianca Lawson is on this show.  I've noticed the names of Buffy alumni in the producer credits (though you wouldn't have guessed it by the quality of writing on this show).  That being said, Bianca really needs to learn to stay the hell away from the CW, especially when she's offered a character named "Emily".

2) Bianca's character of Emily Bennett embodies the penultimate white fantasy: a POC with phenomenal power who still willingly serves white people and fixes all their problems.  On TVD, Emily is a maid to the vampire Katherine during 1864 in friggin' Virginia (which, by the way, reminds me: TVD takes one of the most Disneyfied approaches to American slavery).

Bar patrons, let's keep it one hundred: if any POC had had a tenth of Emily's abilities back during the slavery era...there wouldn't have been a slavery era.

No POC with her abilities would have been a slave, nor a refugee on their own damn land.  No POC would've been lining up to use their powers for the benefit of white imperialists - that is racial masturbatory fantasy of the highest order.

On TVD, Emily apparently served Katherine (with a conveniently big smile on her face, mind you) because Katherine once saved her life.  Uh-uh; it's a shallow, flimsy excuse if I ever saw one.  I get doing Katherine a favor or two, but Emily's continued service defied all reason, along with her attempt to save the townsfolk.  In addition to regular maid's services, Emily gave Katherine and her vamp friends day rings to protect them from sunlight and help them blend in with humans.  She enchanted the vampire hunters' gadgets to help them track and kill vampires.  THEN she enchanted the doorway of the tomb beneath a church were 26 vampires were imprisoned, so that they couldn't cross the threshold (thus, any vamp who went in to save them couldn't come back out).

Had the human dynamic been a bit more realistic on the show, Emily would've done Katherine one favor as a thank you before leaving the town of rich white Confederate sympathizers to its much deserved doom.

This is what I mean about these shows not being about us.  They're not cast and written to empower us.  They're even not penned to "appease" us.    They're written to distract, entertain, and overall make white people feel good about themselves.

And now for the dead Negro portion of tonight's rant.

Despite her immense knowledge and power, and despite all the things she does to save the town (without their knowledge, of course), Emily is discovered, branded a witch, and burned at the stake for all her troubles.  Nice.  She burns where a hundred other witches burned before her, and a nice big plantation-style house is later built over their ashes.

So....

RIP Emily...again

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  1. Lawd have mercy.

    "Bar patrons, let's keep it one hundred: if any POC in America had had a tenth of Emily's abilities back during the slavery era...there wouldn't have been a slavery era."

    Damn right. I have a friend who watches TVD solely for Bonnie. I don't know how she does it, man.

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  2. That's right her name was Emily on Nikita.

    *shakes head*

    And I need to stop thinking of venereal diseases when I see VD. Given the incestuous relations on that show....yeah moving on.

    "TVD takes one of the most Disneyfied approaches to American slavery"

    Given how the white writers would fuck up the issue and dynamics (even more), I'm almost glad that they glossed over the slavery issue.

    "No POC with her abilities would have been a slave, nor a refugee on their own damn land. No POC would've been lining up to use their powers for the benefit of white imperialists - that is racial masturbatory fantasy of the highest order."

    While I agree about this being a white power fantasy, I might have to slightly disagree because this goes back to Grams point, let them think what they want, as long as they don't know the truth. We see how batshit crazy white folks get when they see us with power.

    If the only white folks that POC witches had to worry about were human, that'd be one thing. I'd agree but when we're talking about vampires and other witches...well we saw what happened to Emily's ass.

    There is something to be said for staying in a vampire's good graces and using her as a shield.....granted, she still got burned at the stake at the end....but I see where the flawed thinking was. Stay on this vamp's good side and she can use her position to keep other white folks at bay and I can use the "hand maiden" role as a cover.

    As much as it pains me to say it, the other problem is too, many blacks were brainwashed from birth to appease white folks and keep them happy during that time. Hell we weren't even allowed to read.

    Hell look at how many POC houseslaves we got running around now and slavery has been over with.

    Not saying this isn't a white power fantasy, but this shit sadly isn't too off the cuff.

    "Despite her immense knowledge and power, and despite all the things she does to save the town (without their knowledge, of course), Emily is discovered, branded a witch, and burned at the stake for all her troubles. Nice. She burns where a hundred other witches burned before her, and a nice big plantation-style house is later built over their ashes."

    And that's some historically accurate shit that Southern white folks WOULD do.

    Oh by the by Bianca Lawson is going to be a recurring character on the upcoming season of Teen Wolf.

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    1. As much as it pains me to say it, the other problem is too, many blacks were brainwashed from birth to appease white folks and keep them happy during that time. Hell we weren't even allowed to read.

      What I'm saying is, if POC had that type of power from the get-go, they would've wiped the floor with invaders from Europe.

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  3. "What I'm saying is, if POC had that type of power from the get-go, they would've wiped the floor with invaders from Europe."

    In that case, yes I wholeheartedly agree.

    And said floor wiping would've been more akin to what happened to the European invaders when they attempted to invade Wakanda in the Marvel film, the Black Panther.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=677yt5Pnsgs&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KShJ0N6g-BE

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    1. Thank you for posting this. I'm in love with the Black Panther series now.

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    2. Yep thanks Neo I like how it holds no cut cards and lets white people have it. In the comment section the whites complain and blah blah blah they are some whiny people, smh. I didn't even realize that was Bianca wow. Oh and yes I only watch the show for Bonnie. Anytime I see the other characters I get annoyed. I miss Luca and his papi :((

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  4. I like True Blood better than TVD coz at least on there Tara and Lafayette call shit out. Tara straight asked if Bill owned slaves that was the first thing in her mind. It would be on mine too. Bonnie nope she don't say ish even though she knows that her bestie's family owned her family.on TVD they made 1 reference to slavery Tyler's mother said something about the dungeons.

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    1. She said something pitiful along the lines of "We don't talk about rooms like those." Later on Tyler, flat-out refers to them as slave quarters.

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  5. "Bar patrons, let's keep it one hundred: if any POC had had a tenth of Emily's abilities back during the slavery era...there wouldn't have been a slavery era."

    Well the Europeans wouldn't went to Africa. if they did, African would of have white slaves and we would be talking about something else.

    "No POC with her abilities would have been a slave, nor a refugee on their own damn land. No POC would've been lining up to use their powers for the benefit of white imperialists - that is racial masturbatory fantasy of the highest order."

    That the reason why I don't shake imperialist' hands.

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  6. OMG "If POC had one tenth of the power Emily had, there would be no slavery era."

    You aint never lied with that line.
    They're so full of shit that the plot holes are like enormous swimming pools and they would never fix them.
    You waste neurons watching this piece of shit show. Not here for it.

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