Black Mirror’s Obsession With Black Suffering #BlackMuseum

A dark-skinned black girl walking into an empty horror museum in the middle of the desert? What could possibly go wrong?

Much like Nish and Clay, “Black Museum” also puts us face to face with past realities like the gynecological experimentation of enslaved Black women, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment in the 1930s, and the forced sterilization of Native American women in the 1970s and beyond. It’s horror histories like these that make this episode so daunting.

One can’t help but compare it to our current desensitized culture where Black deaths are widely spread across the internet like a Worldstar fight. Black people dying at the hands of injustice has become so commonplace that our world feels like simulated, too. Troy Anthony Davis. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Tamir Rice. Mike Brown. Trayvon Martin. The list is endless.

But whether we’re romanticized for our sexual prowess, idolized for our artistic “eye”, or straight up demonized and locked away, make no mistake—”Black Museum” is an episode about mental incarceration.

READ: We Need to Talk About Black Mirror’s Obsession With Black Suffering – VICE

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In this popular episode, we’re presented with a symbolic reckoning against a system that remains unscathed.

Some were so shaken they couldn’t finish the episode. Alternatively, some made the fundamental errors of either confusing depiction with validation, or insisting that stories about the privations inflicted on black people only belong to black people and therefore dismissed the story as racist.

READ: Black Mirror’s “Black Museum” Episode Is a Revenge Fantasy That Comes Up Short

 

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7 thoughts on “Black Mirror’s Obsession With Black Suffering #BlackMuseum”

  1. Is this the same series written by British writer Charlie Brooker? It aired on TV here for two series, and had some amazingly fresh ideas. I really liked it. Then it transferred to Netflix, and I haven’t been able to watch it since.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Shocking the population into silence has worked one time too often. It’s time to be shaken AND stirred, to refuse to accept any alternative but change. Real change. And that comes on the heels of truth-telling, no matter how great the shock…

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    1. TV does reach people other mediums can’t – and even on Netflix, this episode stirred many! Yes, KC, shock and recognition comes in many forms, including books. This episode might work best!

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