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  •  I suddenly remember now (2+ / 0-)
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    madhaus, Denise Oliver Velez

    The Sacrificial Negro. lol Hard to keep all these things straight after all these years but you're right. You put it in better words than I did. He's not just "magical", he's a useful tool to the white protagonist in the story which changes things a bit.

    Typically, I would think of the Sacrificial Negro as the faithful servant type that jumps in front of a bullet to save a white person and other such acts of literal sacrifice to make himself useful to the white lead.

    Either way, I guess.

    "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

    by GenXangster on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:32:55 PM PST

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    •  Oh, there we go! (3+ / 0-)

      I'd be inclined to call it a related trope but not a subtrope; the Magical Negro doesn't necessarily have to sacrifice himself, either literally or figuratively.

      According to TVTropes (WARNING: like all TVTropes pages, this is potentially a hazardous timesink), the MN generally does have some actual magic, or at least mystical wisdom.

      •  Thanks for that link! (1+ / 0-)
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        Denise Oliver Velez

        I immediately thought of examples of actual film characters that fit into that description as I was reading. One that stands out in my memory is the Chubbs Peterson character played by Carl Weathers in Happy Gilmore. He came into the white guy's life to perfect his golf game and then he conveniently fell out of a window and died halfway through the film.

        I dunno if Adam Sandler was spoofing Bagger Vance (Will Smith) or not because Sandler tends to get on my last nerve with all the ethnic stereotypes he uses in his movies for comic relief.

        "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

        by GenXangster on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:08:52 PM PST

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