American film and TV is often accused of racism. Leftists will complain that Blacks are underrepresented, only play minor roles, and are usually shown in a negative light. White nationalists will talk about “Magic Negroes” and the absurd absence of Black criminals and villains, when Blacks clearly play a much larger role in the criminal fraternity.
This is not unlike the case of the ancient Caledonians who were described as a fair-haired people by the Romans and as a dark-haired people by the subsequent Anglo-Saxons. In other words, it’s the case of the blind men and the elephant yet again.
The crux of the problem is simple. It stems from the central fact of “racial asymmetry” that exists in American society. By racial asymmetry I mean the complete imbalance between Blacks and Whites in society. It goes well beyond the simple fact that Whites are around 60-65% of the population and Blacks around 12-13%. Added to this numerical disparity is the disparity in achievement and dysfunction.
In real life, there are simply a lot less Blacks in higher or meritorious positions, and thus less scope for genuine and interesting Black characters in the culture. For the same reasons, there are also awkward effective stereotypes of Blacks – as opposed to mainstream-promoted ones. This distinction is important because effective stereotypes reflect attitudes that influence behavior, such as where one chooses to live. Read more