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Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation

Nicholas Sammond, Author

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Conclusion, Page 303

In an imagined post-racial era, invocations of hope and change by the Obama campaign of 2008 have not been fully realized, as pointed out by Larry Wilmore on The Daily Show a year after Obama's arrival in the White House.

These expectations are based in part on a shared fantasy of the Magical Negro—characters such as Michael Clarke Duncan's John Coffee in The Green Mile (1999) or Will Smith in the title role in Bagger Vance (2000), or almost any character played by Morgan Freeman. The trope of the Magical Negro embodies fantastic blackness and a white anxiety/desire that African Americans are somehow more connected to other, supernatural realms not accessible to white experience.
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