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      In James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar the Navi people, ten foot tall alien life forms discovered on the planet Pandora are remarkably like African people pre-colonization. In fact all the Navi characters are played by African people. In this real life based science fiction drama the people of Earth discover this invaluable element called unatainium which exist under the Navi’s sacred lands. In an attempt to establish and learn about the Navi their biology and so forth the earthlings have created Navi bodies called Avatars devoid of consciousness. These bodies are inhabited by the consciousness of humans through mechanical means so that the humans see, feel, and experience life through the Navi Avatar bodies. In this way they can explore the planet interact with the Navi breath the air and so forth.
      The Navi have made contact with earthlings who have attempted to educate them in the ways, language, and culture of earth which in actuality are the ways, language and culture of White people masquerading as some universal earth culture. So the greed, killing, stealing of land and resources, the displacement of the native inhabitants, capitalism is made to appear a universal human trait when in actuality it is an insanity specific to one part of the human family white people. Jake Sully a soldier whose consciousness inhabits one of the Navi Clones is brought into the Navi community. They know he is not Navi but a clone and attempt to learn from him. One of the most powerful lines in the movie is spoken by Moat mother of the main Navi character named Neytiri. Moat tells Jake Sully, “It is decided. My daughter will teach you our ways. Learn well Jake Sully then we will see if this insanity can be cured.” This line resonated with me as a captive and mentally colonized African. So many of our people have a consciousness that is not ours yet claimed universally human but is instead a type of European insanity which has infected up all.
      Mali Dome Some author of the book, Of Water and Spirit talks about his kidnapping at the hands of a European priest in Western Africa. He was brought up in all the ways of Europe and this in turn made him crazy. He finally escape around the age nineteen from his captures and bound his way back home to his native village and his family. The people saw him as strange in fact he had become a stranger to his people. They did not know what to do with him in the village. The council of elders convened and it was decided that what he needed to once again become a Dagara again was to go through initiation. There he would learn the ways of the Dagara. Initiation it was hoped would reacclimatize him back into his culture so that his would cure his insanity and once again become Dagara and African.
      Though not accepted by the American Psychiatric Association White Supremacy is a form of insanity specific to White people. Therefore the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM does not list it’s symptoms like, racism, capitalism, the need to colonize and control, fear of ways, people, and cultures that are not white etc. The inability to diagnose Europeans with this sickness allows them to continue to walk this earth wrecking havoc and to possibly as in the movie take this to other worlds outside earth. This problem as measurable as it is is not the real issue for African people. The real issue for African people is the fact that we in North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa or where ever we are in the world seem to be in large part infected by the same insanity that White people posses. We know the cure. It is our culture. Just as with Malidoma we have to be reeducated in our culture. We have to through off the religions, be it Christianity, Islam, Judaism off and put up or traditional ways of knowing God. In addition to religion all European ways of knowing must be eradicated. Nothing short of a complete withdrawal from European culture can save African people. We must rid ourselves of this insanity and we must do it now. Then we can ride the European of his insanity or expel them from this planet.

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      excellent analysis (typos not withstanding)


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      with your permission, i would very much like to use this in our next study circle. hotep.
      "in the church...the negro has had sufficient freedom to develope this institution in his own way; but he has failed to do so. his religion is merely a loan from the whites...in chameleon-like fashion the negro has taken up almost everything religious which has come along instead of thinking for himself." -- "the mis-education of the negro", carter g. woodson.

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      Thanks for posting about Avatar. I have been struggling to understand what's up with the sudden influx of movies that hit on the oppression of African people (District 9, Avatar, etc.). Any thoughts?

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      I didn't like how at the end, the only way they could be saved...well I don't want to spoil it for those that haven't seen the movie-- those that have know what I'm talking about.

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      Quote Originally Posted by moko View Post
      Thanks for posting about Avatar. I have been struggling to understand what's up with the sudden influx of movies that hit on the oppression of African people (District 9, Avatar, etc.). Any thoughts?
      I've noticed this, too. Could it be sort of a peace offering-- as to say "Hey, we aren't all bad.." 2012 even had some 'deeper than the surface' aspects of it. Interesting turn of events, I know that much.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Guinan View Post
      I didn't like how at the end, the only way they could be saved...well I don't want to spoil it for those that haven't seen the movie-- those that have know what I'm talking about.

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      I've noticed this, too. Could it be sort of a peace offering-- as to say "Hey, we aren't all bad.." 2012 even had some 'deeper than the surface' aspects of it. Interesting turn of events, I know that much.
      Pretty much That's how it seems, as if they want to say "well we can all get along and we no the bad ones so don't kill us all."
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      But we are young and Black, fearless and free...
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      Quote Originally Posted by moko View Post
      Thanks for posting about Avatar. I have been struggling to understand what's up with the sudden influx of movies that hit on the oppression of African people (District 9, Avatar, etc.). Any thoughts?
      I think that deep down consciencely we know what is happening, what has happened and what is going to happen. I think this is our way of expressing it with our inner minds unknowningly......
      Yesterday is a memory,....tomorrow is a mystery,.....but today is a gift.

      He said "There is no need to be afraid of what is to come”

      “The human body is the universe in miniature. That which cannot be found in the body is not to be found in the universe. Hence the philosopher’s formula that the universe within reflects the universe without. It follows, therefore, that if our knowledge of our body own could be perfect, we would know the universe.” –Mahatma Gandhi


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      Quote Originally Posted by Guinan View Post
      I didn't like how at the end, the only way they could be saved...well I don't want to spoil it for those that haven't seen the movie-- those that have know what I'm talking about.

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      I've noticed this, too. Could it be sort of a peace offering-- as to say "Hey, we aren't all bad.." 2012 even had some 'deeper than the surface' aspects of it. Interesting turn of events, I know that much.
      You know they have to find a way to redeem themselves, sis. The movie would have been better without Jake Sully.
      "Oh Africa! When shall be the term of thy long degradation? Behold here, even now, I pledge thee, O my Mother, that I shall devote my years to thee, shall work for thy redemption, shall love thee and be proud of thee and glory in thy power now lying dormant and shall strive to bring it to the light. Take my youth, my labors, my love, my all and do thou when I shall have died for thee, take me to thy bosom, an untamed, untamable African." -Hubert Harrison

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      Quote Originally Posted by sburbanks View Post
      In James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar the Navi people, ten foot tall alien life forms discovered on the planet Pandora are remarkably like African people pre-colonization. In fact all the Navi characters are played by African people. In this real life based science fiction drama the people of Earth discover this invaluable element called unatainium which exist under the Navi’s sacred lands. In an attempt to establish and learn about the Navi their biology and so forth the earthlings have created Navi bodies called Avatars devoid of consciousness. These bodies are inhabited by the consciousness of humans through mechanical means so that the humans see, feel, and experience life through the Navi Avatar bodies. In this way they can explore the planet interact with the Navi breath the air and so forth.
      The Navi have made contact with earthlings who have attempted to educate them in the ways, language, and culture of earth which in actuality are the ways, language and culture of White people masquerading as some universal earth culture. So the greed, killing, stealing of land and resources, the displacement of the native inhabitants, capitalism is made to appear a universal human trait when in actuality it is an insanity specific to one part of the human family white people. Jake Sully a soldier whose consciousness inhabits one of the Navi Clones is brought into the Navi community. They know he is not Navi but a clone and attempt to learn from him. One of the most powerful lines in the movie is spoken by Moat mother of the main Navi character named Neytiri. Moat tells Jake Sully, “It is decided. My daughter will teach you our ways. Learn well Jake Sully then we will see if this insanity can be cured.” This line resonated with me as a captive and mentally colonized African. So many of our people have a consciousness that is not ours yet claimed universally human but is instead a type of European insanity which has infected up all.
      Mali Dome Some author of the book, Of Water and Spirit talks about his kidnapping at the hands of a European priest in Western Africa. He was brought up in all the ways of Europe and this in turn made him crazy. He finally escape around the age nineteen from his captures and bound his way back home to his native village and his family. The people saw him as strange in fact he had become a stranger to his people. They did not know what to do with him in the village. The council of elders convened and it was decided that what he needed to once again become a Dagara again was to go through initiation. There he would learn the ways of the Dagara. Initiation it was hoped would reacclimatize him back into his culture so that his would cure his insanity and once again become Dagara and African.
      Though not accepted by the American Psychiatric Association White Supremacy is a form of insanity specific to White people. Therefore the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM does not list it’s symptoms like, racism, capitalism, the need to colonize and control, fear of ways, people, and cultures that are not white etc. The inability to diagnose Europeans with this sickness allows them to continue to walk this earth wrecking havoc and to possibly as in the movie take this to other worlds outside earth. This problem as measurable as it is is not the real issue for African people. The real issue for African people is the fact that we in North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa or where ever we are in the world seem to be in large part infected by the same insanity that White people posses. We know the cure. It is our culture. Just as with Malidoma we have to be reeducated in our culture. We have to through off the religions, be it Christianity, Islam, Judaism off and put up or traditional ways of knowing God. In addition to religion all European ways of knowing must be eradicated. Nothing short of a complete withdrawal from European culture can save African people. We must rid ourselves of this insanity and we must do it now. Then we can ride the European of his insanity or expel them from this planet.

      Samuel Burbanks IV
      brother movies like avatar precious blindside the frog and the princess are all designed to promote the cracker's "good side" and europeon/amerkkklan multiculturalism.

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      Quote Originally Posted by moko View Post
      Thanks for posting about Avatar. I have been struggling to understand what's up with the sudden influx of movies that hit on the oppression of African people (District 9, Avatar, etc.). Any thoughts?

      LOL check this out ‘Avatar’ Moviegoers Experience Depression, Suicidal Thoughts | Celebrity Psychings

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      Avatar: An Extension of White Supremacy


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      Peace and Blessings Family.
      Here is an interesting article that analyzes and provides a summary of the movie.


      Avatar: An Extension Of White Supremacy
      By Frederick Alexander Meade
      05 January, 2010
      Countercurrents.org
      After having viewed the latest box office hit Avatar, themes which seemingly resonate timelessly, find their expression once again.
      The story takes place on the distant planet of Pandora. This planet is bountiful in its natural resources and in particular “Unobtainium.” This precious mineral is highly coveted universally, as a business interest from the distant planet Earth seeks to exploit the planet in gathering this resource for its own entrepreneurial purposes. Such an endeavor would be easily undertaken if not for the indigenous population of the planet, the Na’vi.
      This group of highly intelligent, disciplined and physically gifted beings are a deeply spiritual people, who demonstrate complete deference for all forms of nature as they derive their sense of being and purpose from their deity known as Eywa, the source of all living things.
      Indeed, Avatar’s story line has been crafted from World history, as almost all indigenous people of color have had to contend with European colonizers determined to steal the natural resources existing in the lands of these populations. In Europe’s quest to secure these resources belonging to foreign peoples, colonial forces demonstrated no regard for the indigenous people, their customs, or their right to exist as a sovereign body.
      In the case of Africa, such European acts of unfettered exploitation found their expression no more so than in South Africa, where those of this extraction for more than a century have and continue to subjugate the original peoples of the land while simultaneously raping the region of its most precious commodities - its gold, platinum, coal and diamonds.
      Avatar ‘s plot simply takes a page from this unfortunate segment of Africa’s history, as it places a group of foreign mercenaries - primarily composed and completely headed by those of European ancestry - in the land of the Na’vi, who seek to rob the indigenous people of their organic capital.
      A small band of supposed good doers - who through technology are able to mimic the appearance and abilities of other life forms – function as covert agents working on behalf of their mercenary cohorts, as they are instructed to make efforts to convince the Na’vi to remove themselves from their homeland so as to create a circumstance where by the theft of the regions considerable deposits of “Unobtainium” would be easily facilitated.
      Jake - the lead character - heads this collection of duplicitous individuals as he is successful in infiltrating a Na’vi clan. However an extended stay among “The People” would function to civilize the former marine, as he would become acquainted with the high principles regarding universal respect for life and the environment which govern Na’vi thought and behavior.
      Subsequently, Jake would undoubtedly conclude that the Na’vi would not surrender their homeland to any outside force.
      A now spiritually imbued and morally centered Jake then warns the Na’vi of the intentions of his comrades and informs the group of his role as a secret agent in helping to bring forth their agenda, essentially causing his banishment.
      Throughout the early stages of the movie, the actions of the imperialistic business class clearly denote those tenets which undergird the concept of White supremacy; however it is also during this portion of the film, where the less pronounced undertones of such a paradigm emerge.
      Jake through an ancient Na’vi spiritual occurrence is identified as an anointed savior figure by this population. This absurd reality surfaces in the face of his role as stealth informant working to uproot this group from its homeland in attempt to make the land’s spoils available for plunder to his capitalist superiors.
      Additionally, as the main character interacts with this Na’vi clan he not only is proven their spiritual superior –again by virtue of the fact ancient spiritual forces suggest he is their redeemer – but also their physical and intellectual superior as he masters all of their practices and customs requiring speed, strength, endurance and intellectual prowess on his way to becoming a respected member.
      Jake’s final display of his inherent ascendancy atop the Na’vi - African people - occurs when he demonstrates his abilities in regard to combat, as he physically subdues this clan’s top warrior and future King after the defeated prince publically exposes the romantic involvement between the supposed hero and the clan’s princess and subsequent future Queen.
      As evidenced, the ethos of white superiority is consummated by Jake’s perpetual dominance over “The People” of Pandora as it is demonstrated in every conceivable manner, not withstanding his ability to capture the favor of the future Queen of this clan, an act which violates the group’s sacred prearranged pairing of the rightful royal prince and princess.
      Fearing its financial interests would not be realized; Earth’s occupying business class releases the full breadth of its hired military in an effort to remove Pandora’s indigenous people by force, vowing to spare no lives if deemed necessary.
      Jake having been ostracized by his former hosts, once again demonstrates his unbridled dominance as he would reintroduce himself to the clan after having tamed a revered and legendary “flying beast”; the likes of which only a few honored Na’vi warriors in the history of the people have ever domesticated.
      Such an occurrence would further reinforce the revealed prophecy expressing, the divinely inspired role this paradoxical figure - who worked to considerably undermine the interests of Pandora’s original people - would play as the Na’vi’s chosen deliverer.
      As the ensuing battle between the Corporations’ military and the Na’vi would unfold, Jake, recognized as sacred leader and commander of “The People”, would unite all indigenous clans – Africans – in facing this formidable opponent.
      Additionally, though not having engaged the Na’vi people for more than a few months, Jake would demonstrate an exceptional ability - reserved only for an arch witchdoctor - to access the ultimate source of “The People’s” power in summoning Eywa to aid the group in their campaign.
      As would be expected the indigenous people of Pandora aided by Eywa would vanquish their opponents, peace would be restored and Jake would find himself as the undisputed leader of the Na’vi and God figure to all its clans.
      The overwhelming messages communicated in the movie Avatar are disturbing on a variety of levels. The overarching theme promoted in the film, suggests the Na’vi – Africans, Native Americans, South Americans etc... – possess not the spiritual, physical or intellectual capacity to compete with their Caucasian counterparts and thus have not the ability to adequately govern themselves, much less in times of adversity ergo the need for a White savior.
      Such an interpretation may germinate as the main character Jake would singularly outperform members of the Na’vi - to include their most formidable warrior - in every imaginable fashion, to the extent he would ultimately rise to the level of King and quasi – God figure in securing the survival of the very individuals who civilized him.
      Furthermore, not only is the proposition regarding the main character as liberator of those –Africans – who brought him further into the fold of humanity troubling, but even more still unsettling and potentially problematic is the premise that such an arrangement was divinely inspired.
      This circumstance prevailed as the Na’vi’s deity Eywa recognized Jake as a more spiritually pure and courageous being in relation to his indigenous - African – mentors, again in the face of his less than honorable intentions in regard to the very people the deity governs. Lastly, Jake’s rather exclusive channel to this groups’ celestial ruler, exercised as he prepared for battle, further establishes the proposed aforementioned spiritual pact.
      Regrettably, movie goers often fail to recognize the incessant inane and divisive ideas promoted by such productions as Avatar and subsequently are subliminally compelled to accept false notions in regard to either the superiority or inferiority of various groups and their subsequent essential value. Such has been the case far more often than the public is perhaps aware.
      The theme of Caucasian superiority has played itself out over an extended period of time throughout the history of the movie and television Industry. A considerable number of big and small screen productions - including but not limited to - Tarzan, The Lone Ranger and The Last Samurai serve as manifestations of this ethic.
      If society is to emancipate itself from such orchestrated tapestries of confusion, those among the masses able to discern the workings of the purveyors of this brand of cerebral control must remain vigilant in sounding “the alarm”, so as to impel media forces to more regularly reflect truth. If such a phenomenon fails to emerge, those transmissions designed to maintain and reinforce existing inequitable social arrangements and attending precepts will continue to flourish. Such is the net effect of the movie industries’ latest instrument- Avatar.
      Frederick Alexander Meade is a journalist providing analysis on social and political matters. His works appear in news magazines and publications around the country. The writer may be reached at meade1900@yahoo.com
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