How Do We Change This?
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Two overarching themes embedded in every film, play, or TV show ever made for consumption by Western audiences:
The inherent superiority of white people;
The existence of God
These concepts are so deeply ingrained in Western Civilization, or ‘baked in’ as it were, that the people who write books, scripts and screenplays for movies and TV do little more than reinforce and reaffirm these “immutable” truths that function as ‘conditions precedent’ to human existence and contemporary life in Western societies and cultures.
Dramatic conflict consists of:
Man v Man
Man v Nature
Man v Self
Man v Society
Every literary device: metaphor, allegory, simile, etc is employed to intricately weave plot lines around, or within, the deep backdrops of these overarching concepts without bringing the concepts to the forefront of any ‘story’ that is being told.
All of the dramatic conflicts that move the stories from beginning to end are resolved within the framework and context of these overarching themes as ‘man’, usually the central character, or hero/heroine, emerges triumphant and victorious.
The message that is repeatedly transmitted by the images and imagery re the relationship between the two overarching themes is that the ‘inherent superiority of white people’ is an element of a ‘divine plan’ or scheme of creation which echoes in the battle cry of Pope Urban II in 1095 upon his initiation of the Crusades:
This ‘message’ has been, and is, encoded and embedded in virtually every aspect of mass communication, not as a ‘dog whistle’, but the underlying assumption upon which human interaction in Western Civilization is predicated…
From genesis to the nightly news, and all the commercials in between, the message that white people are superior and entitled is repeated incessantly….
It’s been going on for more than 900 years….
If we are to achieve a more perfect union, predicated on a multicultural and multiracial egalitarian democracy, how do we change this?
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