James Cameron’s movie sensation, AVATAR, is about race, obviously. In a classic venue of white man versus nature, the white man is made the traditional enemy of the environment and its more natural, morally superior habitants–persons of color. This is such a basic, anti-white fantasy, one has to wonder at the implications of the movie’s success. Are there that many non-whites in America, or, Are there that many guilt-mongering whites in America? Perhaps it is a combination of both audiences. Combine that ‘liberal’ moral appeal with the compulsive lure of computerized, extravagant “photo-shop” creativity, and the stepped-up 1960 “Thirteen Ghosts” movie glasses, and you have an irresistible movie, the third most successful in history, in fact, and still climbing.
But now, what about the “persons of color” bit? If the white man is the enemy, which non-white race gets to be the hero? Ah, here we have the real crux of the matter. Who will the white man–the movie makers–select as the star of the show? Whom does the great evil white man regard as the supreme race of color?
What color is the person of color? Obviously, the movie selects the American Indian as the “character,” but, the white man cannot bring himself to declare the colored winner. The white man must somehow hide specifics in a mesh, a haze–a blue haze, a heavenly blue haze. This way, the competition is avoided. And the pitiable Negro is blended in to share the honor of the Indian, as are the other colored people. This is really more about hiding the Negro. There is no single hero now. All persons of color are the same. All are included in the general image of the American Indian. This is the trick, and one being played nicely by the George Soros’ funded documentary division of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. The thrust of mixing all non-whites into one color has been a fantasy of white liberals for a long time. It’s just now becoming obvious and undeniable to the public. All races of the world that are not white are graciously included under the general auspices of the “Native American.”
Not a position ever conceived of or desired by American Indians, such a fantasy racial mix, in the beautiful, heavenly color of blue, does give the liberal white racist the ingenious and luxurious opportunity to not only hide the unwanted black man, and all other races, but honor them all with the status of the American Indian–symbol of the American White Anglo-Saxon Protestant’s “chief” racial encounter, so to speak, the one he had to fight–the Red Man.
Interestingly, even those who have objected to the film have not noted this deeper issue of white racism toward other races. Veterans have protested the role in which they are cast in AVATAR; Chicago Alderman James Balcer thinks the movie is anti-military and anti-American. (Shannon Bell has a great blog on this.) This is all perfectly legitimate, but, the critics fail to see the true objection to the movie–its racism of white liberals who want all persons of color to be equal to the same “blue” race.
But, even in their juxtaposition of the “lunatic” white race, the liberals are still unwilling to consider the white race a race at all. This is the profound blind spot in white thinking, certainly liberal white thinking. White people are not willing to consider themselves a race. “Race” pertains to all other people, all people of color. (The minute a white man considers “white” a “racist,” he is suddenly a white racist! And that’s the evilist of all evils! So say the liberals and their attorneys.)
Indeed, “minority” refers to people of color. Even though dooms day liberal whites are happily predicting that somehere in the near future the white people will be in the “minority,” they still do not consider themselves a “race,” or a minority–in the racial sense. They are simply above race. They are not race. Whites are the un-race. Race and minority pertain only to us darkies of the world. This is most interesting.
American Indians, perhaps by proxy, in the WASP history of America, are the chosen “race,” to represent all other races. AVATAR of course is delighted to blend the Negro into the “blue” Indian race, using Wes Studi (Cherokee) as a chief and Zoe Saldana (Negress) and Laz Alonzo (Negro) as blue “natives.” But no one is ever willing to object to this kind of association.
No one but BadEagle.com.
We have questioned from the beginning this compulsion of the liberal whites, and even conservative whites, to beggingly, insistantly associate the Negro with the Indian. What is solved, in the white psyche, by blending the two, politically, legally, and now, technologically? What does the white man gain by this manoeuver? It is about psychological convenience? Is it some natural management in the mind? Some grand mal of Gestalt psychology?
If I may say, American Indians with any pride left hotly object to being considered the same as other races. Liberal “equality” is a ploy to demean, diminish, and destroy race. No self-conscious Indian will ever accept such nonsense. Our fathers died that we might be who we are. Only truly liberalized, “dumb” Indians would ever give it away. Protesting the Washington Redskins is giving it away. How so? It’s behaving like the American black has been taught to behave (by white liberals). It is imitating social tactics designed for black people.
Finally, the Vatican didn’t like AVATAR, either, but for a different reason. The fathers fear that man is too apt to worship nature. Of course, the European catholic tradition has always been about bringing nature under the service of man. So, does that mean the Pope doesn’t like American Indians? The Indian is America’s closest link to the land, supplying the one thing the white man here will never, ever have–the sense of natural home. The white man therefore ever aggrandizes the American Indian in the collective white American conscious. I doubt the Pope could ever undo that structure. However, there may need to be some clarification on just what “nature” we’re talking about here.
As a Comanche, I haven’t inherited a “mother earth” psyche. There are tribes to present this as their mantra, but, I don’t think the “mother” bit is in their linguistic regard for the earth. This needs to be carefully researched. I am not convinced that “mother earth” is an authentic, universal aspect of American Indian religion. At all. In this sense, AVATAR is not only racially denigrating to American Indians, but also a serious misrepresentation of Indian religion. It is a misinterpretation of a generalization, and as such, is prejudicial.
Nevertheless, AVATAR is a great example of the enduring psychology of race, religion, and politics. The stereotypes are a reliable constant, and the lessons, still unlearned, are compounded by the daring, explicit destruction of “race.” That is, if you are a non-white “minority.” You’re a blue, now. Doesn’t that make everyone happy? It means the Negroes aren’t black, and the white conscience is altogether soothed, while whites are still white, if “bad.”