We’ve seen myriad depictions of the Magical Negro on screen. Some, like Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty, are omnipotent. Some, like Chris Rock in Dogma, bring comedy relief and strange hair. And then others, like Anthony Mackie in The Adjustment Bureau, are basically motion-sensor lights for white people.
Barack Obama is not your Magical Negro. I know y’all want him to be, but you have to give the man a break. He just got out of one of the most abusive eight-year relationships imaginable. I’m sure he needs some time to decompress.
I believe I have my own white-savior story that might actually be a Magical Negro story at the same damn time.
20. Candyman from Candyman (was definitely a Magical Negro—just had misguided magic)
There are times, like when watching footage of what happened in Charlottesville, Va., that racism bombards the senses like a virus, leaving your skin sore, your soul hardened and your spirit fatigued; a disillusioning, full-body wizening that disrupts, destroys and (occasionally) ends lives.
Sen. Barack Obama, President Barack Obama, soon-to-be ex-President Barack Obama, perhaps even Barack Obama the husband and father, has always been a paragon of patience and magnanimity. Joe Lieberman betrays him during the passage of Obamacare? He lets it go. Congressman yells at him during the State of the Union?…
When the Gods decide to show favor to us, it is a sin not to rejoice and exult in your fortune. It is also necessary that when given this unexpected bout of grace, its shared so that others can receive and partake in the good. So when Dolezal, the Goddess of Post-Racial Fuckshit, decided to descend from the…