A popular American television programme is “Lost” which is supposedly about survivors of an airplane crash who find themselves stranded on a mysterious island. Like other American television programmes and films it relishes in racial stereotyping of Africans. “Lost” in many ways is particularly offensive. Some examples:
An African man who survives the plane crash with his son is depicted as a somewhat mentally-unstable individual who quickly resorts to violence. He has a white slave-owners name (Michael Dawson) and Michael murders women, fights with a Korean and shown to be weak-minded and easily manipulated by the white men who control the island.
In the most recent insult, Michael is forced join the crew of a ship as a mere deckhand who mops the floor. Michael is the stereotypical image of a house-slave ready to do the white man’s bidding.
Other offences: An African man called Mr. Eko is portrayed as being murderous drug dealer and there are “flashback” sequences which depict
An unnamed African woman BEGS a white man to shoot and kill her and there’s a monster on the island which shown to be black smoke, another false metaphor representing the white man’s fears of
As Alla Kimmendae writes, “The white man at his very core fears what he does not and cannot understand. He has no soul and is unable to escape his innate bias and hatred”.
When the white man first washed up upon the shores of Africa he saw civilization for the first time. He saw the great African cities, the written word, art and science and it made the white man feel small and insignificant. The white tries to make Africa seem small and insignificant with entertainment such as "Lost".