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The Matrix Reloaded Makes Strides in Racial Diversity

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It seems that only other Black people have noticed (and appreciated) how the Matrix Reloaded sports a cast that is mostly people of color. Jay of hiphopmusic.com points out that “there are an astonishing number of people of color, for a sci-fi movie.” CalendarLive.com noted, “People of color outnumber whites in the world’s population” so it only makes sense that “In the city of Zion, most citizens are people of color and many of the movie’s leading actors are black (Laurence Fishburne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona Gaye, Harry Lennix, Harold Perrineau Jr. and the late Gloria Foster.)” In that article they interview Cornel West, the famous Black intellectual who counts the Wachowski brothers as fans of his work asked him to make a cameo in the film. West further explains that the great thing about the multiracial casting that “It’s not just the representation in numbers but the humanity displayed.” For myself it was refreshing to see Black actors cast in roles that were not necessarily tailored as a Black character.

The film falls short of reversing the taboo of Black sexuality that is deeply ingrained in Hollywood. This is strange since Cornel West has been the foremost critic of this form of racism, especially in his book “Race Matters.” West himself has condemned the movie industry for setting a sexual double standard- while Whites are able to have sex scenes in movies that are loving, Black sex has an air of pornography. The Wachowski brothers wrote a beautiful love scene for Neo and Trinity yet in contrast to that, when Link (the ship operator) came home he coarsely greeted his wife with “Where’s my (explicitive)!” Of course this wasn’t written like that on purpose, but if the taboos West have written about truly are as persistent as he claims, it will take a deliberate effort to correct it.

So, with the concern of diversity let’s appreciate and praise the Matrix series for what it has done and hope that other movies follow suit and go even further.

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  • Eric Olsen

    Very interesting post – good balance between recognition and concerns. I have issues with Cornell West, but he makes sense here. Thanks.

  • http://www.temptationwaits.com visualsimplicity

    I would consider it a good thing that people don’t notice the predominantly cast of “black people”. It means that, in general, people have been exposed to enough diversity that they no longer recognize it anymore, which is a sign of diminishing racism. That sort of doesn’t make sense, but I’ll relate it to a South Park episode (yeah strange association but it brought up a good point) in which the town of South Park was debating over the issue of the town flag (which shows a “black” person being hung by 4 “white” people). The kids were “so not racist” that they didn’t even see it as a “black” person being hung by 4 “white” people, but instead saw it as just a “person” being hung by 4 “people”. So thus, if people don’t realize that The Matrix: Reloaded is made up of a predominantly “black” cast, then that means that they see everyone in the cast merely as people and not “black” or “white” or any other shade.

  • http://www.slumdance.com/blogs/brian_flemming/ Brian Flemming

    Madison,

    While there is that “Where’s my pu***?” moment in the Matrix, I think the most perverted sexuality on display is exclusively white–that French dude manipulating that anonymous (white) woman, and his wife manipulating Neo.

    I think the concentration on Neo and his gf is a product of the plot–their relationship figures in the plot more than any other love relationship in the movie. Morpheus’s relationship with his former gf (I don’t know this movie that well, don’t remember the names), for example, is important for the fact it is over, so Morpheus doesn’t have any hot scenes.

    I would have liked to have seen more inter-racial relationships in this imagined future, though. As far as I remember, whites exclusively pair with whites, and blacks exclusively with blacks. But that doesn’t seem like an accurate reflection of where we are headed right now as a society.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    I wouldn’t say that only black people have noticed it, either. Maybe very few white people are making a point of it in print, but I was certainly pleased to notice on opening night that the crowd in the theater looked a lot like the crowd at my church every week – around 50% white. I noted that strong dominance of non-whites in the cast. Heck, when Link came home, I realized that I recognized each of the three adult actors in the scene, and could quote where I’d seen them (Firefly/Angel, Nothing to Lose, and Romeo+Juliet). I’m still not sure if that’s good or bad, but I noticed it.

    If you want to dig into things really deeply, note that while ship captains and military commanders, as well as the general populace, reflect a strong minority contingent, the Zio council was still liberally weighted with white people. There are always things that might seem worth complaining about, but rarely are they really worth it. This movie marks a great bit of progress for a lot of reasons, and one of those is surely how color-blind it seems to be.

    Typically, though, one can still complain if one chooses to. No visible interracial couples is just one complaint, I’m sure that there will be more.

  • georgy

    We are having a thread about this at the William Gibson board (“Wide-spectrum cast in cyberpunk peaks in Matrix Reloaded”) and what i actually like in “Reloaded” is the fact that color and nationality are actually made irrelevant.

  • http://dieselnation.blogspot.com Madison

    “I would have liked to have seen more inter-racial relationships in this imagined future, though”

    Brian, that’s a good point. I thought of it but forgot to add it into my critique. Thanks for bringing it up.

  • Wes

    The most entertaining moment of the Matrix 2 for me was the brainchild of a fellow viewer in the seat behind me and showed the true beauty of the varied cultures in this land we call America. As the character of Link was being developed and his emotional ties to the whole scheme of things were coming into focus, a comment was flung from the peanut gallery behind me. Making loud comments during movies is common practice for many African-Americans (which often annoys uptight white folks) and these comments are often well spoken. The lovely lady behind me says and I quote “Damn, you know he (Link) gonna die”. She knew as most know, that when the black actor starts having character development he is gonna die. This is a staple of horror flicks. Now that is some racist shnizzle. To that lady, I give my respects, I laughed my a** off. She also slammed all of the dialogue cliches, BEFORE Keanu could mumble them out. I chimed in with her in a chorus for the “You could have just asked” line. God he should have just said “Hasta La Vista Baby”. But back to the point, her lively interaction made for a great viewing experience in my opinion, it was like MST3000 Live. And to the African-American commenters out there, keep up the good work, you are the life of this country, the true human spirit, unbridled and uncompromising. And to the white, honky, crackers like myself, take a lesson from a people who still have some sense of spirituality. Piece.

  • El Tangas

    Well, I have to say that if Metrix Reloaded is a step against racism in the movies, it’s a small one indeed.
    Zion: lots of black people, but there are way more asiatic people in the world than black, and I don’t see much of them. And where are the mixed couples?
    And (maybe its just me, being european and all…) how come the bad guy is french and his evil minions are the true representatives of racial diversity in the movie(though not sexual diversity-all male)?
    The 2 twins, who are white, are european too (english).
    So, you see, racism and xenophoby are clearly there.

  • http://saablofton.com Saab Lofton

    The only flaw with the Matrix is that it’s a “burning trash can”, post-apocalyptic future–so some KKKlansman can easily claim that, “Well, that’s what you get when you let the NIGGAHS run the show!” In contrast, Star Trek is predominately cast with whites and within the Federation there’s no poverty, bigotry, atrocity, etc. So the goal is to have the best of BOTH worlds: a utopian future like Gene Roddenberry’s BUT with a Matrix-esque cast running the show.

  • Pep

    Well, I think it also should be noticed that ALL the bad guys are white people (and men, by the way). The Architect, Agent Smith, other agents, the French guy… however the good guys side is full of “racial diversity”. Even the Messiah isn’t white.

    From my humble point of view, this is actually a racist movie, but instead of depicting blacks as the evil, it does just the opposite. Reverse racism in fact. In addition to this, women aren’t portrayed as feeble and subjugated by men, but they participate actively into the fight in equal conditions (even they show better abilities than men). It seems that the traditionally oppressed minorities take revenge whipping the evil white man and the evil patriarchy.

    Despite of I liked this movie, I think that it’s just the result of the current political correctness, though quite exacerbated.

  • Saab Lofton

    Given AmeriKKKan history, it’s incredibly inconsiderate and short sighted to write the Matrix off as politically correct revenge. After decades of minstrels and similar caricatures, blacks have every right to make themselves look as good as possible. Michael Moore won that Oscar for Bowling for Columbine for a reason: The extent to which blacks are made to look bad by the corporate mass media is well documented, so compensation (NOT to be CONfused with revenge) is in order and well overdue.
    To put it simply, actually sit down and COUNT how many movies depict blacks in a positive manner and how many depict blacks in a negative manner.

  • Kerry

    I cant believe Cornell West nor others do not see the racism in the matrix 2 and 3 for that matter.

    Watch it again, and notice how all the black people look for Neo to save them.

    They are not active participants in their own saving but rely on others to do so.

    Look at where he says ‘its the hammer’, like yea they are here to save my ass, to hell with you all, my ass is saved. He even smiles at it.

    Look at the council scene, when the black lady says “how long have we got”, others does ask this question, just blacks in this film, its as if Whitey must save our ass..

    I really cant believe people have not seen this.

    Sure there are lots of black actors and actress’s in the movie, but when you tally up their responses it comes out like this…

    whitey does things, blacks hope someone will save them.

    On the other front is that whitey ‘believes’ the blacks do not.

    Take for example the scene when the kid opens the gate, he says “I believe”, whereas the black woman is only interested in saving her black husband. Not the bigger issue.

    There are literally dozens of items like this in the movie, “where’s my pu***”, is a typical black low end comment.

    Similarly commander lock, I don’t believe in miracles, ask him, pointing to morpheus, who at that point has no answer..

    Its sad that you haven’t seen to quote a phrase, ‘5min in front of your own face”, all you do see is black actors, and are some how happy with that situation.

    You really need to look past the skin color and look and listen to how the characters act and react, then you’ll see how blacks are portrayed.

    Also for that matter, America is the most RACIST place I have ever been too, after visiting South Africa its nothing like as racist as America is. Nothing.

    I once spoke to a black man in charge of aids drugs in SF, he said there were quota’s of drugs for whites and for blacks, when I questioned him, saying if your white quota runs out and a white man walks in with aids, you turn him away?

    Yes was the answer, I replied (which was not liked) that then sir you’re the racist. Because if your judging people by quota’s and color then simply put you are.

    When you say we have an amount and anyone who tuns up gets them, until we run out, they you not.

    I learned blacks dont like being called racists, yet they are the strongest group of racists (in america) that i have found.

    I realised a few days after that blacks in America actually have learned to thrive on racism, because it, like the aids manager gives them some power over other blacks. And so the cycle continues.

    IN summary Cornell West is WRONG in the title of his book. Race does not matter, and as long as people think or promote that it does, then we’ll continue to have racism, and that’s reflected in film too.

  • Saab Lofton

    Kerry, you’re flat out WRONG.

    Whether you’re comfortable dealing with this is completely irrelevant: White supremacy is still dominant, DESPITE the coronation of Obama the Overrated.

    The African-American poverty rate is three times higher than the rate for whites. About one in 10 white children live in poverty (10.5 percent). For African-Americans, the figure is 33.2 percent. The African-American infant mortality rate is 2.4 times the rate for whites. And that’s just for starters …

    We are NOT equal. Whites are more powerful than blacks. NOT superior, simply more statistically likely to be privileged.
    And again, I don’t care if this is too uncomfortable for you to deal with; your comfort level is less than zero compared to the pain and suffering black America has gone (and continues to go) through.

    Yes, there are black supremacists (such as Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam), but you caN’T hide behind them. They’re NOT powerful enough to be a threat. They don’t even own a single nuclear missile!

    If you’re serious about helping the black community …
    1) Hold fund raisers and benefit concerts for the United Negro College Fund.
    2) Join the Apollo Alliance and help call for a Greenpeace version of FDR’s New Deal; pay those in the ghetto a LIVING (NOT minimum) wage with full benefits to erect windmills, install solar power panels and grow/process industrial hemp (which can make fuel, fabric, paper and plastic).
    3) Decriminalize all drugs since the War on Drugs was racist to begin with (read Jack Herer’s The Emperor Wears No Clothes)
    4) Find a way of basing a TV series on the A.C.L.U./The Sentencing Project/The Southern Poverty Law Center, because so long as every other TV show is about the cops, blacks will continue to be demonized.
    5) Tell B.E.T. to have a Public Enemy or a Dead Prez or a KRS-1 video for every gangstah-gangstah/bling-bling video. Aaron McGruder’s analysis of B.E.T. is dead on accurate and should be treated accordingly.
    6) Tell John Singleton to do the Black Panther movie and NOT, I repeat, N-O-T a Luke Cage movie. The world needs to see a movie about a genius ruling his own country, NOT another thug in the streets.

  • Eugene

    You all are aware that originally, the Wachowskis wanted Will Smith for the part of Neo?
    O.K., carry on.

  • san francisco

    this is probably my third time seeing the film. i now begin noticing the number of ethnic actors in the matrix series, although the lead man is white.

    Will Smith! Awesome.

    he would’ve been a “funky” neo (sorry..couldnt resist)

  • Whitey

    I noticed the prevalence of black people. What about the Asian, Indians (people from India), Latinos, and even the whites (not to mention the diversity in whites such as Americans, Europeans, and Russians). As for all the “mixed couple” comments, it sounds like you really mean “what about the black men and white women?” Yeah and why are the agents all white? Too bad most of the commenters say, “Oh we love the diversity” really means, “Oh look at all the black people”. Just goes to show we are all human and we flock to birds of a feather.

  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton

    Whitey, you’re clearly THREATENED by there being a “prevalence of black people.” I guess a CENTURY of white dominance in Hollywood wasn’t enough for your greedy ass — but to answer your question, when you put “Asian, Indians (people from India), Latinos” in a blender, you GET people who can AND WILL pass for black!

  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton

    “As for all the ‘mixed couple’ comments, it sounds like you really mean ‘what about the black men and white women?'”

    You damn skippy! After THOUSANDS of black men were lynched — as in, TORTURED to DEATH — for simply gazing upon white female beauty, there BETTER be some compensation, to say the least!

    “and why are the agents all white?”

    Research a little thing called COINTELPRO and see why.

  • GAFather

    I love the Matrix trilogy… The 3 movies had more diversity in comparison to most other films I’ve seen. A few points of interest I noticed after watching all 3 together recently:

    I.) Interestingly, (in proportion to US population statistics, not that the film has to conform with this, of course, but…) there seemed to be an under representation of Latinos (although, I could have missed them)… Lots of Blacks in the movie(13% of US)… and there were a few Asians but, Latinos = 16% of the US population and I do not recall seeing many Latinos in the film, at all. Perhaps, I just missed them?

    II.) I didn’t realize this point… until I recently watched the 3 flicks in a row — it seems every single bad guy in the trilogy was White… Not sure if you can consider the Frenchman’s wife as bad (she was kinda along for the ride)… but, don’t recall seeing any bad women, either… just bad White Men.

    1.) The Agents (which makes sense, to me, that they all are White and look the same) but, in addition to the hundreds of bad white agents…
    2.) the Architect (created the Matrix),
    3.) the Bad French guy and All 8+ of his henchmen were white with the exception of 1 Asian guy.
    4.) The Frenchman’s 2 Vampire type twins (with dreadlocks, no less)
    5.) Every single one of the Police chasing Neo & the crew in the movies were white. 6.) The Bad Train time keeper was white.
    7.) The bad guy who attacks and blinds Neo in the 3rd installment (body was taken over by an agent) was also white.
    8.) All the Security guarding the sky scraper that Neo and Trinity killed B4 going up the elevator to save Morpheus, were white…
    9.) all the soldiers on the rooftop they fought and killed were white.

    There may be more… and it’s possible that there may be a bad Black, Latino, additional Asian somewhere in the movie but, I cannot recall one.

    I just realized this… hmmm…how is that possible in a movie with such a diverse cast? 7+ hours of movie w/ tons of guns and violence, + a very diverse cast and ALL the numerous bad guys are ALL White… really weird… had to be done on purpose… but, not sure of the reason…

    III.) On a side note, in response to Saab Lofton’s commments (and I do respect all opinions) – I used to be much more sympathetic to the Black “plight” in the US but, over the past 7 years… I have learned a lot as a father and what makes kids and races successful/unsuccessful and most all of it seems like it can be traced to the family unit…

    It is possible that the most important things which could possibly lift up the Black community would be the following:

    1. Solidifying the family unit… Black Daddy needs to stay home w/the family and help raise the family financially and emotionally… if Black kids continue to be brought into the world at a 70-80% clip w/ no Daddy’s – no amount of money or “programs” will uplift the American Blacks… It simply can’t be done…

    Somehow Black America needs to make it unacceptable for Black Daddys not taking responsibility for their offspring… Black guys not taking care of their kids/families need to be looked down on by Black America… they need to be pressured…

    If this is not fixed – Blacks as a whole will never move up the financial ranks/ladder. Over the years… I have hired Blacks and work w/ Blacks and what do you know? the Blacks we tend to hire came from 2 parent families who stressed education… no mystery here… it’s really common sense, when you think of it…

    2. Blacks need to focus on education more than anything else… less sports (even though they tend to be gifted in athletics)…

    Blacks, and Whites and Latinos need to take a good hard look at the Indians and Asians in the US who are blowing our doors off educationally and financially…

    As you will see, Whites are the largest percentage in the US (63% of the population) but, Asians are by far the better earners/more successful.

    2009 Median Income in the US:
    1.) Indians $88K
    2.) Filipinos $75K
    3.) Chinese $69K
    4.) Japanese $64K
    5.) Koreans $53K
    6) Whites %53K
    7.) Vietnamese $52K
    8.) Latinos $38K
    9.) Blacks $32K

    Why is this? Because, Indians and Asians focus on Education like a Laser Beam and DEMAND good grades from their kids… they tend to have strong family units and they tend to work harder than Whites, Blacks and Latinos, in general (at the important stuff, ie. education).

    Case in point… Very good local high school in GA. has 30% Blacks, 30% Latino, 30% White and about 8% Asian… in the AP Advanced Classes – the students are 75% ASIAN!!! What is the excuse for the Whites, Blacks and Latinos??? Simple: the Asians work harder and want it more… because that is how they are RAISED by their parents… Never underestimate the power of strong parenting.

    Yes,…It is also possible Asians are simply smarter than all the rest but, their strong work ethic and determination cannot be denied in this equation.

    Many Asians come to the US and can hardly speak English and they STILL blow our doors off educationally and financially… Why? Because they tend to have more discipline, motivation and they value education more… They bust their butts and “refuse to lose” and they REFUSE to make EXCUSES…

    The past few years I have met a lot of Asians and Wow – I have learned a lot from them… They are the true stars in our country… I, myself, have realized I need to work harder to “keep up with the Asians”…

    If starting tomorrow… all Black Daddys stayed home to help raise the kids AND DEMANDED the kids do great in school… you would automatically see the Blacks in the US climb the financial ladder/ranks… No question…

    Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion and at this point in time – this is what I see/believe…

    Yes, there are more White hiring managers in the US and Yes, I agree, Blacks do get discriminated against moreso in the hiring process… But, things are improving on this end and you have to take a look at the #1 earner in the US… it is the dark skinned Indians… What do they do (more so) that the Blacks (in general) do not?
    A. Strong family units
    B. Parents DEMAND Educational excellence
    C. Tend to Focus on running small businesses (ie. Dunkin Doughnuts and Hotels, etc.).

    ***WES comments:” And to the African-American commenters out there, keep up the good work, you are the life of this country, the true human spirit, unbridled and uncompromising. And to the white, honky, crackers like myself, take a lesson from a people who still have some sense of spirituality.”

    I would argue that the Asians are the strongest link in the US and we’re fortunate to have them amongst us… We could all learn a lot from the excuse-free, hard working, disciplined, educationally motivated, successful Asians in the US.

    Well… that was long winded… didn’t mean to write a novel… all opinions are welcomed…

    Thank you and Good Luck to Everyone! Strive to be your BEST!

    “Energy and Persistence conquer all things.”
    -Benjamin Franklin

  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton

    GAFather, you’re being naive and simplistic …

    “If starting tomorrow… all Black Daddys stayed home to help raise the kids AND DEMANDED the kids do great in school… you would automatically see the Blacks in the US climb the financial ladder/ranks… No question…”

    … YES question! How many failures — black, white, Latin, Asian — have HAD fathers who stayed at home? Besides, you caN’T be a decent father if you caN’T AFFORD to …

    “While some multimillionaires started in poverty, most did not. A study of the origins of 303 textile, railroad and steel executives of the 1870s showed that 90 percent came from middle- or upper-class families. The Horatio Alger stories of ‘rags to riches’ were true for a few men, but mostly a myth, and a useful myth for control.”
    –Professor Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010), A People’s History of the United States

    … you caN’T do something if you caN’T afford to — that’s NOT an opinion, that’s a FACT. You are NEVER going to let the rich and powerful off the hook with this cowardly evasion. The rich MUST be taxed and that bloated military budget MUST be cut so that We the People can AFFORD a Greenpeace version of FDR’s New Deal (Google the Apollo Alliance for more).

    “don’t recall seeing any bad women, either… just bad White Men … there may be a bad Black, Latino, additional Asian somewhere in the movie but, I cannot recall one”

    SO THE FUCK WHAT? My God! After DECADES of Stepin Fetchit, Birth of a Nation and Amos & Andy, The Matrix Trilogy is LONNNNNNNNG overdue! NO one (in their right mind, at least) gives a three-legged rat’s ass HOW uncomfortable The Matrix makes whites feel ..!

    “The social structure has always demanded that we put white people at ease.”
    –from the book, Reel to Real, by bell hooks

    … well, I say thee NAY! Putting y’all at ease is NOT a priority! Hell, it’s NOT even on the LIST of priorities!

  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton

    … and since y’all weren’t paying attention the first time around, I see there’s a need to repeat myself … Whether you’re comfortable dealing with this is completely irrelevant: White supremacy is still dominant, DESPITE the coronation of Obama the Overrated.

    The African-American poverty rate is three times higher than the rate for whites. About one in 10 white children live in poverty (10.5 percent). For African-Americans, the figure is 33.2 percent. The African-American infant mortality rate is 2.4 times the rate for whites. And that’s just for starters …

    We are NOT equal. Whites are more powerful than blacks. NOT superior, simply more statistically likely to be privileged. And again, I don’t care if this is too uncomfortable for you to deal with; your comfort level is less than zero compared to the pain and suffering black America has gone (and continues to go) through.

    Yes, there are black supremacists (such as Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam), but you caN’T hide behind them. They’re NOT powerful enough to be a threat. They don’t even own a single nuclear missile!

    If you’re serious about helping the black community …
    1) Hold fund raisers and benefit concerts for the United Negro College Fund.
    2) Join the Apollo Alliance and help call for a Greenpeace version of FDR’s New Deal; pay those in the ghetto a LIVING (NOT minimum) wage with full benefits to erect windmills, install solar power panels and grow/process industrial hemp (which can make fuel, fabric, paper and plastic).
    3) Decriminalize all drugs since the War on Drugs was racist to begin with (read Jack Herer’s The Emperor Wears No Clothes)
    4) Find a way of basing a TV series on the A.C.L.U./The Sentencing Project/The Southern Poverty Law Center, because so long as every other TV show is about the cops, blacks will continue to be demonized.
    5) Tell B.E.T. to have a Public Enemy or a Dead Prez or a KRS-1 video for every gangstah-gangstah/bling-bling video. Aaron McGruder’s analysis of B.E.T. is dead on accurate and should be treated accordingly.
    6) Tell John Singleton to do the Black Panther movie and NOT, I repeat, N-O-T a Luke Cage movie. The world needs to see a movie about a genius ruling his own country, NOT another thug in the streets.

  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton
  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton

    “Many Asians come to the US and can hardly speak English and they STILL blow our doors off educationally and financially… Why? Because they tend to have more discipline, motivation and they value education more… ”

    SIGH … do Asians have to deal with THIS ..?

    http://www.bvblackspin.com/2010/09/03/young-black-males-dying-in-detroit-at-alarming-rates/
    “African-American males in Detroit between the ages of 15 and 24 are dying at a rate that is roughly seven times higher than the rest of the Detroit population. If they were dying at the same rate as everyone else, there would be one death every three weeks. Instead, there are two black men dying every single week.”
    –Boyce Watkins, PhD, September 3rd, 2010

    … OR THIS ..?

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/02/news/economy/black_unemployment_rate/index.htm
    “The August [2011] jobs report was dismal for plenty of reasons, but perhaps most striking was the picture it painted of racial inequality in the job market. Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since 1984, while the unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%, the Labor Department reported.”

    … by the way, the aforementioned exposes the existence of white privilege: “The unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%” … So sick of this shit — we’re under NO obligation to impress y’all …

    http://trews.org/node/48

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xREXWjR8VsA
    “You know we’ve influenced nearly every facet of white America — from our music to our style of dress. Not to mention your basic imitation of our sense of cool; walk, talk, dress, mannerisms. We enrich your very existence — all the while contributing to the gross national product through our achievements in corporate America. It’s these conceits [BRAGGING!] that comfort me when I am faced with the ignorant, cowardly, bitter and bigoted, who have no talent and no guts; people like you who desecrate things they don’t understand when the truth is – you should say ‘thank you’ and go on about your way. But apparently you are incapable of doing that!”
    –Cedric the Entertainer, from the movie, Be Cool

  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton

    “Many Asians come to the US and can hardly speak English and they STILL blow our doors off educationally and financially… Why? Because they tend to have more discipline, motivation and they value education more… ”

    How about THIS ..?

    Race & the Death Penalty

    “The color of a defendant and victim’s skin plays a crucial and unacceptable role in deciding who receives the death penalty in America. People of color have accounted for a disproportionate 43 % of total executions since 1976 and 55 % of those currently awaiting execution.”

    … do Asians have to deal with THAT?!

  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton

    One last thing …

    Alternet
    “The book boldly and ignorantly states, ‘the only reason any person does not have enough money is because they are blocking money from coming to them with their thoughts.’ Tell that to the 36 million Americans living in poverty. Even worse, tell that to the 3 billion people worldwide who live on less that $2 a day.”
    –Courtney E. Martin, from her review of The Secret

    “The new age/hippie types who insist we all ‘create our own reality’ never had to think much about the privilege that was created for them before they were born. They drive me apeshit.”
    –Geov Parrish, from a personal e-mail he sent me on July 20th, 2007

    “Dropping out I saw as copping out — turning on as tuning out to social causes I believed in. To me, hippies were just so many glassy-eyed zombies floating through the neighborhood head shops. To them, I was too ‘politico,’ ‘just another power freak.'”
    –Abbie Hoffman, from his autobiography

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

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  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton

    It’s NOT a “vital” skill, Chris …

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    Round here it is…

  • http://saablofton.net Saab Lofton

    NO, what matters is historically accurate information, which I’ve provided in spades (no pun intended). I posted links so that those who refuse to see reason or face the facts can see for themselves what I’m talking about — if this site makes that harder to do, then that’s YOUR problem, NOT mine …

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    It isn’t a question of making it harder to do, it is a question of making it better for people reading the comments.

    It will only become your problem if you continue to attempt to post raw links after being asked not to, because any such comments will be deleted because of your refusal to play nice. I really hope it won’t come to that…

  • taozen

    The Matrix trilogy is easily one of the most diverse films in terms of casting ever produced. Now when you consider that it is a science fiction movie with such diversity it is even more unique. The vast majority of Hollywood films are white washed especially in science fiction. There are character of so many races in the film. What other movie or movie trilogy can one think of that has white, black, latino, indian, and asian characters that play a significant in the story telling. Most films will have one black, indian or asian token character. Then in the second and third films when you get to Zion, the last human city, there is a lot of diversity when normally there would be very little.

    Many other posters stated and some complained about all the villains being white. I saw it as the difference in reality (the real world) compared to the Matrix (the fake one). Did anyone notice that when ever the characters were in the Matrix that the vast majority of character were white. Why is that? Could it be the issues of control and oppression that the machines were utilizing? Also it is also very similar to reality. How many times have you seen a movie or TV show based in New York and rarely see a character that is not white. Being in the Matrix was very similar to turning on the television and seeing only white people when if you are living in a city, you will see people of all types.

    As for Neo being the savior and being white? Well he was both. He is a combination of Jesus and Budda. But which character in the film is the most important. One could argue that it was Morpheus who basically is a profit. Then you have the Oracle who is the psychic. What other film, especially mainstream scifi film has had so many significant characters that were not white. That was significant.

    I wish other Hollywood directors had the vision and courage of directors Larry and Andy Wachowski. I wish other director and producers would make films and tv series with diverse casts. Can we have a TV show that has an Asian, Indian, or Black cast that is not some silly comedy. I truly wish the Wachowski brothers were still making films of the same ilk as the Matrix. It was wonderful to see heroic characters of all types in a film and not just have it be just white people.

  • http://www.saablofton.net/ Saab Lofton

    “Many other posters stated and some complained about all the villains being white.”

    Humph … Those “other posters” are easily threatened, given the extent to which whites usually dominate Hollywood imagery, so fuck ‘em. It’s simple arithmetic: EXACTLY how OFTEN are there MAJOR MOTION PICTURES with HUGE advertising budgets that have a predominately non-white cast as heroic figures? Yeah, that’s what I thought …

    “Can we have a TV show that has an Asian, Indian, or Black cast that is not some silly comedy [B.E.T. sitcoms are worst than Amos & Andy] … It was wonderful to see heroic characters of all types in a film and not just have it be just white people.”

    AMEN … One day, when funding for the arts in America matches that in other, more enlightened countries, maybe THEN …

  • jsmith0552

    7 Years later, and the Matrix is still the only SF film that has feature that many black people as protagonists, and as just background. The thing is people noticed it, and many white people questioned it. The funny thing is you see Sf films all the time in which no Black people let alone p.o.c. are seen (even in the background) and the average mainstream filmgoer (think Star Wars ep IV, or any number of films) never even thinks about it.

    Race does matter even on an unconscious level in our society, and we’ve been inculcated to think about it in specific ways.

    Also even though I’d have to admit the sequels to the Matrix were a let down from the first film; I would also hazard that one of the reasons people didn’t like the films was the amount of screen time that it afforded p.o.c.