If it's crap ... We'll tell you
People are quick to point out that given the time period when "Django Unchained" takes place, the frequent use of "ni****r" is "realistic." Perhaps, but why is it permissible for films to bludgeon and bombard Black audiences with "realistic" racist venom while at the same time sparing white viewers from "realistic" racial bile targeting whites.
In "Mississippi Burning" whites refer to Blacks as "n***ers" almost 20 times throughout that movie. Whites also go on a rampage beating up Blacks, bombing their homes, lynching a Black man, castrating a teen and so on. Black viewers are hit with scene after scene after scene of these horrors. In response to this savagery a Black teen informs a group of Blacks standing where a house once stood, that one day they'll be able to call the white sheriff "Stuckey" instead of "Mr. Stuckey." In another scene a Black pastor says he's sick of attending funerals of Black men killed by white men. That's the extent to which white viewers are subjected to the Black communities reaction to this barbarity. White filmmakers hamstring Black characters from targeting whites with racially derogatory comments even when the racial insults are "realistic." The filmmakers bypass this type of realism because they don't want to jar white audiences with images of Blacks voicing ugly truths about whites. When it comes to race, the movie industry honors the feelings and humanity of white viewers. In contrast, it flogs Black viewers with racism and slurs as if we're subhuman. That's a pattern in a staggering number of films. It's a racial assault double standard and it is unconscionable. I'm not making a case for abusing white viewers, but I am making a case for Black viewers receiving similar consideration.
Here are only a few of a disturbingly large number of films that assault Black characters, and by extension Black viewers, with excessive slurs:
Movie Title # of Black Slurs # of White Slurs
Blazing Saddles -1974 20 Nigger (Mostly) 0
Bad Boys II - 2003 14 Nigga 0
40-Year-Old Virgin - 2005 15 N***a 0
Cotton Club - 1984 16 N***er 1 Fay
Crash - 2005 10 N***er (Mostly) 3 Cracker
Dirty - 2005 47 N***er 1 I hate whites
Edmond - 2005 15 N***er, Coon, Spade, etc. 0
Jackie Brown - 1997 38 N***er 0
Mississippi Burning - 1988 21 N***er (Mostly) 0
Pulp Fiction - 1994 14 N***er 0
This is an excerpt from “Permissible Cruelty: The Cinematic Assault on the Black Race.” This book is slated to be published as an e-book in January 2013.