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  •  Black male characters are the scarier part (1+ / 0-)
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    Most of this diary focuses on Michonne, but I think you are reading into it a little too much.  For the relationship with Rick, it is understandable for him to not trust a new person and to want to protect his group.  The torture part was a bit odd because Michonne was clearly being helpful and not withholding info, but I'll just chalk it up to Rick being a bit of a control freak and not anything race related.  When they met up towards the end of the episode, if you think of it from his perspective, it is completely understandable why he was still skeptical of Michonne.  She had disappeared instead of helping them out.  She could have been going back to the people of Woodbury - Rick didn't know their real past.  As for Andrea - you are overreacting again.  The Governor has been very kind to Andrea and I'm not sure why you think differently.  Andrea didn't know why Michonne was there, and she did the only reasonable thing she could - prevent both of them from killing the other, and let Michonne get out of there relatively unharmed.  I really don't see anything racial between the interactions with Michonne and the other characters.

    On the other hand, I really find it disgusting the way the writers handle the black male characters.  T-dawg was always kept silent and in the background and had no story line even though everyone else did.  Then, when they kill him off, they immediately replace him with another silent, black guy with no story.  Then when they introduce Tyreese, they kill that one off too because they can't have more than 1 black male at a time.  Hopefully the writers redeem themselves with Tyreese and give him a more central role in the plot.

    •  I agree the treatment of the male black (1+ / 0-)
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      characters is the show has been more consistently worrisome but I wouldn't just dismiss the treatment of the black female character either.  

      As has been pointed out, the Walking Dead uses many tropes in its depiction of black males familiar with American television; there can be only ONE black male; that one shall be silent and strong (but not the strongest either emotionally or physically); he shall not be a point of sexual intrigue; and, he will NOT take on any sort of leadership role.  

      In regards to Michione, I don't think any of the treatment directed towards her by the characters is racist, rather I think the writers depiction of Michione is along the lines of their treatment of the black male characters.  She does not express emotions; she is a bit untrustworthy (though deep down good-hearted); she is not a leader; she has no sexual interests, and is only portrayed in a sort of weird-eroticism.  

      We will see where the Tyreese storyline goes, but so far none of the black characters seem to have much of a emotional connection with anyone (though Michione may have some type of care for Andrea, she can't express it).  Its a bit disappointing.  Having said that, they wouldn't have hired Cutty if they weren't going to use him...  

      I think you can make a similar case that the depiction of white female characters in the Walking Dead has been stereotypical and sexist.  The show as a whole is written with the emotional depth of a 70s horror film.  It isn't trying to be more ambitious than that and, I suspect, uses the stereotypes to connect with a larger audience who expects those stereotypes, perhaps on a subconscious level.  The writers may not want to "challenge" the audience with a black leader, a black-white love affair, a female leader, etc.

      Not to mention, there doesn't seem to be any gay people in this zombie wasteland.  None in GA at least.  

      •  as you wrote that is in fact "racist" (0+ / 0-)

        "In regards to Michione, I don't think any of the treatment directed towards her by the characters is racist, rather I think the writers depiction of Michione is along the lines of their treatment of the black male characters.  She does not express emotions; she is a bit untrustworthy (though deep down good-hearted); she is not a leader; she has no sexual interests, and is only portrayed in a sort of weird-eroticism.  "

        This is a type of racism and is rooted in racist understandings of black personhood and presumptions about the centrality of whiteness.

        racism is not hoods and sheets. racism is a matrix of power that is multifaceted.

        •  I was just saying I don't think the characters (0+ / 0-)

          reaction towards Michione is racist.  I acknowledged the writers treatment of black characters is prejudiced.  

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