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Black is the new White

“Dolphin Tale” Hollywood Hokum: Morgan Freeman Gets To Play Numinous Negro Yet Again

By Paul Kersey

Earlier this year, the New York Times made a big deal out of the fact that no Black actors were up for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. [Hollywood’s Whiteout, By Manohla Dargis And A. O. Scott, February 11, 2011]With his trademark sardonic wit, Steve Sailer wrote:

“How hard would it have been for Hollywood to cast an African American in The King’s Speech? Why did Helena Bonham-Carter get to play the Queen of England when Tyler Perry was available?

“Why wasn’t a single black actor even considered for the role of Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network?

“Why did that hillbilly girl in Winter’s Bone wander around the Ozarks asking her white trash kinfolk where her pa was when she could have gone to a shaven-headed black computer hacker genius and had him locate her father using high tech satellite imagery? That would have been awesome.


“Why did Hollywood cast Christian Bale as Mark Wahlberg’s brother in The Fighter when they could have cast Diddy? Shouldn’t Morgan Freeman have played a wise janitor at their boxing gym?”

Funny—but in fact Hollywood routinely casts Black actors in roles that real life can’t replicate. The phenomenon of creating positive images of Blacks by fictionalizing their contributions to society is so pronounced that it can only be viewed as a systematic attempt to brainwash America.

For example, it is simply a fact that very few inventions can really be credited to Black scientists. (One exception: the Super Soaker, developed by Lonnie Johnson in 1989. That no film has yet to be made celebrating the amazing achievement of producing far superior, accurate, weaponized streams of water than the traditional water gun is a scandal).

But that fact doesn’t dissuade Hollywood from inserting Black scientists in big-budget films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day; a geologist in 2012; or a Black weapons manufacturer in Batman Begins and Dark Knight (and the upcoming Dark Knight Rises). That latter case would be, of course, Morgan Freeman, the quintessential “Numinous Negro”, to use Rick Brookhiser’s term—playing “Lucius Fox”.

Nevertheless, while Hollywood routinely creates fictional geniuses or saintly sages for Freeman to portray, the new children’s movie Dolphin Tale—in theaters, debuting in theaters at mid-day, September 23—is a horse (or dolphin) of a completely color.

This movie will make hundreds of millions of dollars, as it is one of the few films geared toward families. And includes the always crowd-pleasing story of white people looking out for wounded animals.

Dolphin Tale is the extraordinary “true” story of the dolphin, Winter, now the star attraction of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Tragically, Winter lost her tail in a crab trap back in 2005. Heroically, two employees of Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Kevin Carroll and Dan Strzempka, were so moved by Winter’s story that they developed an artificial tale for the dolphin.

Both Carroll and Strzempka are white. But in the film Dolphin Tale, both have been lumped into a composite character named “Dr. McCarthy”—who just happens to be black and just happens to be played by, naturally…Morgan Freeman.

Now you might be asking yourself: why does it matter that Hollywood has decided to put a Blackface on the actual white inventors of the artificial dolphin tail that saved Winter’s life? It’s just a movie—which happens to be produced by Alcon Entertainment, the same people who brought us 2009’s surprise multiracial feel-good hit The Blind Side.

Answer:
It’s important because a lot of people are going to see this film—and, because most people believe what they see on television and in films, they’ll come away thinking that a Black guy actually invented this prosthetic tail that helped saved Winter’s life.

For example, in a recent Sheknows.com interview with Morgan Freeman (a man who said he’d vote for Obama a thousand times if he could, but that’s another story), entertainment editor Joel D. Amos wrote about the Freeman character, “Dr. McCarthy”, as if he actually existed:

“Morgan Freeman is Dr. McCarthy in Dolphin Tale, a man with a vision of creating a prosthetic tail for a dolphin named Winter who arrived at a Clearwater, Florida aquarium after losing his tail. Dolphin Tale is a true story and Freeman was thrilled to portray a man who would buck conventional wisdom by spending time and money creating something for a dolphin that most would never consider.

“To Morgan Freeman, Dr. McCarthy did much more than save the life of Winter, McCarthy inspired amputees and advanced the science of prosthetics while simultaneously rallying a Florida community around a dolphin who, in turn, inspired him.”

Ocean-Friendly In Dolphin Tale, SheKnows.com, September 14, 2011. (Link in original).

Surgeon General’s Warning: for all of you googling “Dr. McCarthy” hoping to learn about another Black inventor who helped make civilized society possible—stop.

Repeat: there is no real “Dr. McCarthy”. He is a creation of Hollywood.

Why would the Dolphin Tale producers and writers go to such absurd lengths to add diversity to a “true story”?—which, in real life, was just a bunch of boring white people saving the day yet again.

Maybe that is the reason. The rest of the movie’s cast is hideously white, like Super 8 or I am Number Four. Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. also star in Dolphin Tale, rounding out a cast full of other white people. The insertion of a Black fictional image of Dr. McCarthy, played by Morgan Freeman, was perhaps necessary for this film to get green-lighted.

In a strange interview, inventor Dan Strzempka has discussed the casting choice of Freeman in a Politically Correct way. The writer, Natalie Shepherd (email her), begins with what might be called massive understatement:

“Dan Strzempka doesn’t look like Morgan Freeman, but he’s flattered the acting legend is bringing his sto
ry to life on the big screen.

“‘It’s an honor; he’s one of my favorite actors. He’s one of the best actors of all time, so it’s just a little intimidating,’ Strzempka said today in the laboratory at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics in Sarasota.

“Though the character’s name [PK: sic!] has been changed, Strzempka is a big part of the upcoming movie…”

Sarasota man who made Winter’s prosthetic tail excited about movie, September 22, 2011

You might think Winter’s tale didn’t need embellishing. For example, Strzempka himself is an amputee, having lost his leg above the knee in a lawnmower accident when he was four years old. And work done on Winter really is helping humans. See Hanger Orthopedic Group’s website here and Dolphin and Iraq veteran share wonder of prosthetics, by Tali Yahalom, USA Today, July 18 2007).

Morgan Freeman is of course the go-to “Numinous Negro” actor when a film needs a manufactured, positive image of a Black person. He’s made quite the career out of this typecasting. I discussed him extensively in my book Hollywood in Blackface: Black Images in Film from Night of The Living Dead to Thor..

In a review of my book, Brett Stevens wrote at Amerika.org:

“What may have spurred Kersey to action is the anomalous casting of African-descended Idris Elba as the Norse god Heimdall in the 2011 movie goof Thor. While the movie looks as stupid as 98% of what comes out of Hollywood, hangs out at the theatre like a juvenile delinquent, and then goes straight to DVD, the casting of a black artist as a white cultural figure provoked a turning point—what if, people asked, a white man was cast as a black cultural figure, like MLK or Malcolm X? We’d never hear the end of that.

“While it takes an acerbic approach, Hollywood in Blackface speaks up and points out the elephant in the room that we’re all ignoring. For every one Barack Obama or Morgan Freeman, several million black people live in an entirely different world, one in which diversity does not serve them and they end up impoverished, imprisoned and/or disillusioned. At this blog [Amerika.org], we’re honest enough to point out that the historical record of diversity shows that this is always the result. Others want to take a more extreme view and blame African-Americans for this condition. Kersey remains agnostic on this, wisely, and contents himself with satirizing the dichotomy.”

The much-lionized critic Susan Sontag once famously wrote that “the white race is the cancer of human history.” [Partisan Review, Winter 1967, p. 57(not online)] Left-wing activist Tom Hayden has admitted that one of his goals is the “disappearance of the white race”.

By systematically suppressing evidence that might suggest the contrary, Hollywood appears to agree.

Paul Kersey[Email him] is the author of the blog SBPDL, and has published the books SBPDL Year One and Hollywood in Blackface. He works in political consulting and resides in Denver, Colorado.

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White People Face the Worst Racism? THEY think so

White People Face the Worst Racism?

By: Jenée Desmond-Harris | Posted: May 23, 2011

Whites believe that they have replaced blacks as the primary victims of racial discrimination in contemporary America, according to a new study by researchers at Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School.

The authors of “Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing” found that both whites and blacks agree that anti-black racism has decreased over the last 60 years. That sounds pretty reasonable. But the kicker is that whites surveyed believe that anti-white racism has increased and is now a bigger problem than anti-black racism:

Norton of Harvard asked a nation-wide sample of 208 blacks and 209 whites to indicate the extent to which they felt blacks and whites were the targets of discrimination in each decade from the 1950s to the 2000s. A scale of 1 to 10 was used, with 1 being “not at all” and 10 being “very much.”

White and black estimates of bias in the 1950s were similar. Both groups acknowledged little racism against whites at that time but substantial racism against blacks. Respondents also generally agreed that racism against blacks has decreased over time, although whites believed it has declined faster than blacks do.

However, whites believed that racism against whites has increased significantly as racism against blacks has decreased. On average, whites rated anti-white bias as more prevalent in the 2000s than anti-black bias by more than a full point on the 10-point scale. Moreover, some 11 percent of whites gave anti-white bias the maximum rating of 10 compared to only 2 percent of whites who rated anti-black bias a 10. Blacks, however, reported only a modest increase in their perceptions of “reverse racism.

These data are the first to demonstrate that not only do whites think more progress has been made toward equality than do blacks, but whites also now believe that this progress is linked to a new inequality — at their expense,” note Norton and Sommers. Whites see racial equality as a zero sum game, in which gains for one group mean losses for the other.

The belief that anti-white bias is more prevalent than anti-black bias has clear implications for future public policy debates and behavioral science research, say the authors.

A co-author of the study called the results “surprising.” That’s putting in mildly. But maybe we’ve missed the way white Americans have been systemically deprived of access and opportunities. Maybe we’ve overlooked all the times whites have been targeted by implicit and explicit race-baiting attacks, whether they’re playing professional sports or seeking elected office. Maybe we didn’t get the memo on the way the legacy of discrimination against white Americans continues to manifest itself in worse outcomes in income, home ownership, health and employment for them, the way white people are told they’re “objectively” ugly, and the disgust so many Americans felt the last time a white person ran for president.

Oh, wait, none of that has happened? So we’re talking about white people being victimized by things llike affirmative action, the Smithsonian’s new black museum and scholarships for minorities? In that case, perhaps the study should be renamed, “Whites Have Forgotten What Racial Discrimination Actually Is.” Until then, we’ll just put these bewildering results in the old “Blame it on the small sample size” file.

The study appears in the May 2011 issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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And, for a little fun! Here are Stuff White People Like!

Example:)

#125 Bob Marley

April 22, 2009 by clander

During the course of a white person’s education they will go through many phases including but not limited to: “awkward,” “classic rock,” and “being really into a foreign country.” Of these phases, there is only one that all white people are required to go through before they can obtain their bachelor’s degree. It is known as “Bob Marley.”

Depending on the coolness of the white person, they can experience this stage anywhere between the sixth grade and their last year of college. Regardless of when they went through this phase, every white person can tell you about the time when they had Legend on repeat. If you wish to test this theory, go to any floor in a College Dorm and there is a 100% chance you will find at least one Bob Marley poster.

It is also worth noting that white people tend get into smoking marijuana during this phase. This is why all white people view the combination of the two as one of the most pleasurable experiences on earth. But when white people really want to take it to the next level they will combine Bob Marley, Marijuana, a long weekend and some sort of notable outdoor location (beach, cottage, or patio). There are few activities on earth that are more appealing to white people.

The only acceptable reasons for declining participation are a prior engagement at a music festival or a commitment to go camping.

It’s also worth noting that when talking to white people about Bob Marley there is no need to use his surname. This is because all white people refer to him simply as “Bob.”

Since so many people are into Bob Marley, it is only natural for advanced white people to profess to only marginally liking Bob Marley (note: it is impossible for a white person to outright dislike him). Instead, these white people will claim to preferring more obscure artists like Burning Spear or Peter Tosh.

But be warned that a white person saying they like “reggae” what they really mean is “reggae from 1965-1983.”

Under no circumstances should you ever bring a white person to a dancehall reggae concert, it will frighten them.

Note: if you are talking to a white person who is really into Bob Marley, has dreadlocks, and professes to be a Rastafarian, you should end the conversation immediately. These people are of no value unless you need directions to a WTO protest or have questions about how bad a human can smell.

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