July 20, 2011
-- The Sambo and Coon still exist within the realm of Mainstream Popular Culture. Be that as it may, one does not have to look far in order to read the subliminal messages within the context of the American Mainstream Culture, in that, particular American icons have allowed the Caucasian Collective to ease its uncomfortable irritation, and menacing conscious and subconscious fears of the “African-American and/or Black Male Threat to White Genetic Survival.”
During the saga of slavery in America, the ideal slave was known as the “Sambo”, who could not win in either direct in the area of self-regulation. The term “Sambo” was a condescending epithet placed upon African-American males, initially used to reference the comfortably conformed adult male slave, “Whose laziness and ignorance made him eternally happy and dependent on his master” (Buster, 2000.) Dr. Ni’am Akbar (1996) submits the following profile of the Sambo, “Docile but irresponsible, loyal but lazy, humble but chronically giving in to lying and stealing; his behavior was full of infantile silliness and his talk inflated with childish exaggeration”
Instead of a blatant removal of the perceived “Black Threat”, the Caucasian Collective chose to transform or sublimate the perceived threat into that which sooths and comforts the Caucasian Psyche. Mickey Mouse was created by Mr. Walt Disney in 1928, 65 years from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which begs the question, did Mr. Disney study trends? No smart and shrewd businessman can present the concept of Disneyland without executing a serious market and cost benefit analysis.
In an article entitled, “Mickey’s Character Development”
it states that Mickey Mouse was quite mischief and violent in his debut film, “Steamboat Willie”. After Mr. Disney received overwhelming disapproval letters from parents, Mr. Disney opted to tone down Mickey Mouse’s violent character traits. The article proclaims, “Mickey’s persona continued to soften as his physical traits smoothed out. He also gained more human traits”. Careful and objective examination of Mickey Mouse clearly reveals that he personifies a Black Mouse with a charming demeanor. However, when one allows the conscious mind to merge with the subconscious the subliminal message is clear; by repositioning the ears over the eyes of Mickey Mouse it reveals none other than a Sambo or a Coon impersonating a Black Rat. Furthermore, for those of us who have had the privilege of listening to Mickey Mouse speak, the high pitch tone of Mickey Mouse’s voice sounds as though Mickey Mouse has been castrated, which must absolutely sooth and comfort the ultimate Caucasians fear of, “White Genetic Annihilation”
Could this be why Mickey Mouse is so successfully loved and admired by the Caucasian Collective? Is it that Mickey Mouse represents to the Caucasian Collective, a deep embedded subconscious fantasy of the ideal Black Male and/or “Happy Darkies in Their Proper Place”?