Black Servitude in HEROES

December 9, 2008

Funny title, eh? Kind of like a term paper title. I just wanted to include this tiny bit of social commentary because I think it is thought-provoking. A wise person once observed that in film/literature, Blacks are often portrayed in roles of servitude. Although not fettered, they are often bound to serve or provide some kind of guidance to a white person. Think of The Legend of Bagger Vance, Hitch, Batman, etc.

It displeases me that HEROES does not escape this. The Haitian was the company’s servant, doing as HRG commanded. And then in “Our Father,” after Arthur is killed, Peter curtly says, “Go after [Sylar].” The Haitian nods and then dutifully obeys. All that was missing is the, “Yes, massa’.”

Bet you didn’t think this blog would make ya think today.


2 Responses to “Black Servitude in HEROES”

  1. joshuagrace Says:

    great point. the other side of that is often when a black man is in control, he is considered despotic-whether on film, tv, or an international leader.

    The Haitian’s brother would be a great example.

  2. rcribay Says:

    muy interesante.

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