Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Dark Skies"


What isn't in the Future? Black people. I'm an old S/F fan. Being so I couldn't help, but notice our complete, and total absence from the future. Though I recall a short film from the 1930's about dress styles in the 1990's.

There was one light skinned colored maid helping her mistress dress.

Okay I guess that was something. However we went invisible for the next 50 years or so. Around the late 1980's we started to show up again. Usually to be killed in the first five minutes.

The monster films of the 1950's killed Asians or Hispanics in that short time. Remember the Mexican guy that the Martians vaporized in the 1953 version of "War of the Worlds".

Well at least the actor got paid for a days work.


These daze we're showing up regular as background figures or villains of one sort or other. Though as usual "Star Trek" came through for us with "Deep Space 9".

A show with an actual Negro as the star...imagine that.

Well we're getting butt deep into the 21st century, and there's Colored folks all over the place.

See colored folks are in the future.

By this reckoning half of the roles in "2001 a Space Odyssey" should have gone to women, and a fair spread of Colored people.

Maybe somebody will shoot a remake or at least a more balanced parody.

Anyway we should get equal credit for destroying the Earth with everyone else. Hey we're all into this nightmare together.




Stay tuned.

3 comments:

  1. I dunno 'bout black Merkins, but I think Africa's future could turn out a lot better than the last few centuries did.

    For the last 525 years or so, Europeans have raped & plundered our way across the globe, sucking the lifeblood out of nations & pillaging whole continents - then singing our own unwarranted praises about how wonderful we are. From almost anyone else's POV we're a fucking disaster.

    But now that Western civ is starting to crater, other peoples may get a chance to get on their feet again. African nations will be able to get a fair price for their exports, instead of being treated like so many giant plantations. In a few hundred years they might be strong enough to come over to impoverished America or Europe and scoop up our luckiest young people to give them a brighter future as indentured servants. And that's the lucky ones. Karma, baby, karma!

    Z

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  2. P.S. - Make that a couple of hundred years.

    Z

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  3. This is a strong possibility. In the future Europe, and America exhausted, and ruined by climate change famines endless wars.

    Rather like Africa now.

    In that reality with places exchanged yes we will be beholden to a stable wealthy Africa, and likely Asia. Our best, and brightest will count themselves lucky to be accepted into their universities or even as domestics.

    "...and the first shall be last, and the last first."

    History is funny this way.

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