Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall
I never saw “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, and I won’t be seeing it, anytime soon.
To me, Lincoln as Vampire Slayer makes about as much sense as Lincoln The Great Emancipator, which ain’t much. (Lincoln cared NOTHING for our enslaved brethren, and the Emancipation Proclamation freed not a single slave, FYI.)
My issue with the movie however, has more to do with the actress who was cast in the role of Harriet Tubman (h/t to the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility, Inc. for the info).
I’ve never seen Jacqueline Fleming act, ever. I don’t know if she’s a good actress, a great actress, or just an “okay” one.
If it takes watching a movie with a premise as stupid as a POTUS who moonlights as a hunter and killer of The Undead in order for me to find that out for certain, well, I guess I’ll just have to live with not knowing.
What I DO know, however, is that the beautiful, light-skinned daughter of an African American father, and a Danish-German mother is the Hollywood Ideal of what they want the WORLD to believe Harriet Tubman looked like.
Because Negroes have been so psychologically beaten down by White Supremacy, there are some who truly do not see anything wrong with this egregious level of disrespect.
I actually had someone tell me that I was STUPID for drawing attention to the fact the person hired to “pretend” to be Harriet Tubman looked absolutely nothing like Tubman herself.
The usual response whenever someone takes a stand on a legitimate issue that should be of concern to African Americans, but isn’t – because it seems insignificant, on the surface – is usually to say “It’s only a movie”, or “It’s ‘just’ entertainment”, and therefore, should not be taken quite so seriously.
Which is exactly what the White Supremacist Power Structure wants you to say.
White Supremacy wants you to look at Vampire’s casting as a “light-skinned vs. dark-skinned, crabs-in-a-barrel” debate, in order to distract you from the real issue: The gradual “bleaching” of African American characteristics – on film – in order to make looking at Black folk on screen more palatable for white audiences.
It is also an attempt to belittle “The Woman Called Moses” by elevating her physical attributes over her character, communicating to audiences around the globe that what Harriet Tubman did was considerably less important than what she looked like.