Space: So Post-Black There Aren't Blacks at All

Over at The American Prospect, Danielle Belton outlines how progressive the future is for people of color: We get to answer phones and die valiantly for our fellow (white) brothers. Wait a second...


Danielle Belton of The Black Snob pens a pretty spot-on treatment of the realities people of color face in Hollywood's vision of the future for American Prospect. Not only is life beyond the Milky Way rather milky indeed, but also those coloreds who have ascend to power seem only there to fill a quota and further the plot line for predominantly white male characters. Actor Joe Morton (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Brother From Another Planet) notes that such characterizations--or caricaturizations--are the new Mammies of the silver screen, new age derivatives with old school aims. Who have thought that all these years later, Mr. Colt .45 himself, Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian would be a positive example of diversity in space--and even he was a reformed pirate with pimp tendencies. What seems to be the problem? Much of the issue seems to fall on the fact that those who are deciding what the future is are making it in their own image, an image that is often not colored.


For an entirely more "spirited" example of Belton's argument, check out the video below.