[Marxism] Orange is the New Black: racist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 20 10:06:38 MDT 2014


It doesn’t seem possible for a knowing US TV drama to be overtly racist, 
but it’s impossible not to notice that the only irredeemable characters 
and spineless bullies are in the African American group. Just two black 
characters stand out from the mob mentality; the others are seen to 
succumb to and then run from when it gets dangerous. Sophia, the fireman 
turned transgender woman, stands above all the dramas, dressing 
everyone’s hair, serene, courageous, but churning with underlying loss; 
and the sweetly vulnerable Poussay, working in the library and loving 
Taystee, pleased to be a friend but not a lover, is uniquely able to 
resist the murderously maternal drug queen, Vee. Taystee, having been 
part of Fagin-like Vee’s gang of young people on the outside, goes over 
to her when she arrives in Danbury, and betrays her friendship with 
Poussay at the snap of Vee’s fingers. So do all the other African 
Americans, who, with just a little flattery and a promise of privileges, 
become her trusty drug runners and muscle.

full: http://www.lrb.co.uk/2014/08/18/jenny-diski/bingeing



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