Since the slave era, blacks have been used as a method of entertainment for mainstream society. However, to some degree, this process was unintentionally initiated by blacks themselves.
Because whites viewed intelligent slaves as a threat, those slaves would deliberately portray themselves to appear as “dumb” as possible in the presence of whites, typically using humor. And although many blacks understood that the enacted ignorance was simply just that, an “act,” to others it became a customary function. Consequently, whites were comically entertained by blacks’ “stupidity,” which was the catalyst for the 19th century’s infamous Minstrel show–white people painted in black face while performing racist acts that portrayed “black people as dim-witted, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious, happy-go-lucky, and musical.”
These atrocious Minstrel shows grew to popularity after the Civil War and ultimately adopted black performers who would also dress in black face and perpetrate–even perfect–the black stereotypes exaggerated by whites. As a result, these blacks became what is commonly known as “coons,” blacks whose sole purpose is to entertain white people, even if it means insulting, disrespecting, or demeaning their own people.
After the civil rights movement, Minstrel shows lost its fame and acceptance. However, this didn’t stop the media, entertainment, and film industries–all controlled and operated by whites–from appealing “to the ‘majority’ at the expense of the insignificant minority.”
Fast-forward to the 21st century, those “supremacist ideologies and racist beliefs that were indoctrinated into the American psyche” have grown to become accepted and even encouraged by not only white society, but blacks as well. But instead of having blacks paint themselves in a black face, yell, dance, and act like coons on a stage, whites are giving them a platform in reality T.V.
Shows like Love and Hip Hop, Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives, and etc., are nothing but 21st century Minstrel shows, where blacks act “dim-witted and buffoonish” to entertain mainstream society. Nevertheless, just as the intelligent slaves deliberately used “ignorance” as a disguise to and a form of protection from whites, today’s “slaves” have forgotten the significance of the “act” and have too made it a customary function.
Now reality TV has even migrated to the black church. In these particular reality shows, the dramatic culture is seen being perpetrated behind the scenes of the church, in the name of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, when a story is being unfolded in the news and the black(s) chosen to be interviewed about the scenario typically appears to be “dim-witted, lazy, and buffoonish,” only makes it apparent that blacks’ demise is entertaining to the masses.
Nevertheless, this intentional, yet subliminal method is a means of having blacks appease mainstream society with “stupidity,” thus disseminating their invented misconceptions and myths that blacks act like coons. And unfortunately, America believes it and loves it.
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