Neill Blomkamp’s story of space aliens abused by Earthlings is about racism without actually involving race—and therein lies the problem. The parallels reflecting atrocities committed against black South Africans by white ones are clear: the aliens, called hateful names (“prawns”) by human bureaucrats are being forced from their shantytown in a multiple-of-three district in Cape Town to a smaller, more out-of-the-way compound. Signs read, “Humans only;” the aliens are constructed as violent for no real reason (they like to blow things up “for fun,” says the human protagonist), while the humans destroy them with impunity.
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hat tip: Ms. CripChick:
I read about this project a while ago, and am psyched that it’s still going forward. So, get submittin’!
What the Hell is a Radical Woman of Color?
Real Stories by Radical Women of Color and Allies
Deadline: Wednesday, November 9, 2008 (see the editor’s comment)