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cosmichobo
March 22nd, 2016, 06:04 AM
G'day,

Just read this... suggesting that the zombie is rooted in racism...

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/the-racist-history-of-zombies/7259304

One claim it makes is that a lot of black characters are killed off in Walking Dead... Personally I call bull**** on that claim... Yes, some black characters have died... but, so have other races...

What do you think?

cheers

cosmic

thekillman
March 23rd, 2016, 10:00 AM
G'day,

Just read this... suggesting that the zombie is rooted in racism...

What do you think?

cheers

cosmic

That it's true?

Some highlights:


Haiti was the only successful slave rebellion that turned itself into a republic. (..)'After that point, it is utterly demonised. They are savages, they are cannibals, they have this horrible voodoo religion that is invented largely by terrified westerners.

What's interesting is that it's the western world's fantasies of the savage; it's not actually the practices of the so-called savage. It's us imposing something, fantasizing about what the other does.

Many think that the zombie in a sense is a metaphor for being a slave; literally working yourself to death, as so many people did in Haiti.

The idea now that we have in The Walking Dead of them being completely obsessed with devouring meat of the living, that goes straight back to the awful cliches of the savage and the cannibal in the colonial imagination

The idea of the dead rising is extremely old, and there are many many ideas of what the Undead look like. But the modern idea of a zombie is pretty specific compared to all the other undead.

The part about black people dying often is also quite true but not exactly unique to TWD. For the amount of black people in a movie, they have an unusually high death rate compared to, well everything else.


Yes, some black characters have died... but, so have other races...

It's not about people dying. it's about the rate at which people die. just a game: next time you see a movie, check for black people.

*is he the sidekick?
*does he die?

see how often those two come up.

TVtropes has a page on it in case you want to know more. Oh and the page quote is from TWD's T.Dog so that should say enough.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BlackDudeDiesFirst

escyos
March 23rd, 2016, 02:52 PM
The show is most livist than racist, that is they keep killing the characters that are living. I'd also be more concerned at how many lesbian/bisexual female characters are being killed in all tv shows; there's a list somewhere of like 150 so far and usually in odd, dramatic ways.