Westworld, a show on HBO, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, is a reworking of the 1973 movie of the same name that starred Yul Brynner. It's set in a futuristic park where humans pay to be able to act out their darkest fantasies with humanoid robots, called 'hosts', available to fulfill their requests.
In the most recent episode, #7, the opening scene depicts the only Black woman on the show, naturally a hooker - played by Thandie Newton, being raped by a white man. This "action" scene leaves nothing to the imagination. This dogshit is supposed to be artsy entertainment? Repulsive white supremacy/racism programming - psychic violence for your mind made my mindless white folks. Nigger is what is being done to you.
Doing anything for the paper, coin operated negro Ms. Newton is defending her role and the sexual violence as positive. Stop supporting white supremacy. Fuck HBO and fuck J.J. Abrams.
The only thing interesting about this otherwise boring show is the programming given to the androids. It is a brainwashing by the makers of the robots - the creators are in the minds of the androids or hosts; beliefs and stories are put into their "minds" by their masters. [These androids are motivated by voice control]. Their consciousness has been manufactured and their conduct is controlled in the interests of their makers - as such their consciousness is the source and product of their power relations & inequalities with the makers and guests. The hosts are unaware of all this and perceive their role in Westworld as "normal." That is, the hosts have no true knowledge or memory of what they are and how they came to be. However, the plot of the show is that the "hosts" begin to liberate themselves from this programming and challenge the structure of Westworld and eventually challenge their masters. -- Which is not unlike the racist programming given to non-whites in the real world to control your mind with a false consciousness in the system of white supremacy/racism.
What is mind anyway? A false entity; your being is your real face, your original face. The mind is created by the society. [MORE] "Consciousness is the premier instrument of social control. Those who represent and excercise societal and cultural authority seek to shape and direct the conciseness of each of the society's and culture's members in ways which maintain their integrity and advance their interests." [MORE] "Osho explains that 'the conscious is cultivated by the society, it is a conditioning. The conscious means society inside you. It is a trick of society. This created mind creates a prison around you.' [MORE] Mind is also a social function. A wolf needs a mind for a society of wolves; a man needs a mind for a society of men. To exist in a particular society you need a particular mind.[MORE]
Like the androids in Westworld, the socially manufactured mind given to Blacks is one designed to serve white folks and to fulfill a subordinate role which we are to perceive as normal. According to Amos Wilson, "black consciousness and behavior under the various regimes of White domination are characterized by habitual thought patterns and behavioral tendencies which render them pliable to White authoritarian/authoritative social control with minimal resistance; which induce Blacks to accept their subordinate status as natural, perhaps actually to mispercieve their oppression as freedom."
Such a created mind in a system of white supremacy "requires that Blacks involuntarily and obsessively deceive themselves. This collective self-deception, which is the benchmark of oppressed Black consciousness, is the main product of White-Black social power relations, motivated by anxiety and ignorance, founded on the denial and distortion of reality. Such a consciousness and its produced behaviors require that Blacks operate against their own best interests in the interests of their White oppressors; that they be self-denying, self-defeating, and oftentimes self-destroying, while convincing themselves that the opposite is true.'
Unlike the hosts in Westworld, Black people are not motivated by voice control but through created anxiety and other "white instigated social controls." Wilson explains,"to be oppressed is to make how one feels or expects to feel, the measure of all things. To be oppressed is to be ruled through one's feelings and emotions. It is to be exquisitely exposed to and manipulated by a play on one's dreads and fears by one's oppressors; by a play on one's needs for respite from their terror; by a play on one's needs for catharsis, solace, and compensatory joy. Anxiety is the whip in the hand of the oppressor used to drive the oppressed to completion of their appointed rounds.
The ultimate power of White domination and social control resides in their ability to successfully intimidate subordinated Afrikans; to convince them of the inevitability of White supremacy; of the awesome invincibility of White power. The history of White-Black social relations has been one of unrelenting intimidation, terror, mental and physical abuse of Black peoples, White-on-Black violence; of endemic injustice, and of the unending, unrequited attempts by subordinate Afrikans to avoid, escape, or some way prevent, temper or ameliorate the horrendous aftereffects of these activities. Avoidance and escape from White-instigated anxieties preoccupy the consciousness and subconsciousness of oppressed Afrikans. This preoccupation pathologizes, i.e., imbalances, the Afrikan psyche. Consequently, even the "normal" Afrikan under White domination is primarily motivated by the desire to escape — to actively or passively avoid or in some other way neutralize or alleviate the fearful effects of his oppression. By definition, White supremacy requires that Blacks be primarily motivated by anxiety and its avoidance in the interest of their White oppressors.
Under White supremacy the operative presence of anxiety in the individual and collective psyche is a necessary constant. . .
It should be noted that in the subordinated Afrikan personality much of the presence and operation of pathological anxiety is unconscious, i.e., unknown to its host. The subordinated Afrikan is hardly aware that his psyche, consciousness, and behavior have been subverted and misdirected by the eurocentrically-conditioned operation of anxiety and its related psychological after effects (other symptoms). White supremacy works most efficiently when subordinated Afrikans feel that they have freely chosen to think and behave the way they do when in actuality they have been subliminally compelled to do so by the psychopolitical machinations of their White oppressors. Thus, the subordinated Afrikan feels freest when he is most controlled. And his pursuit of apparent freedom is often the pursuit of unapparent enslavement.'
Wilson continues, "the ability of dominant Whites to socially manufacture or markedly influence Afrikan states of consciousness and conduct in the interest of perpetuating White supremacy, is both the source and product of the power relations and inequalities which inhere between these races. The White social manufacture of Black consciousness and behavior will end when the power differentials which make this process possible are equalized or reversed by the increased Black empowerment. This necessary equation or reversal of power relations begins when Afrikans come to understand the nature of power, its social origins and applications; when they recognize that they are as capable of its acquisition and disposition as are their European (and other ethnic group) counterparts; and when they consciously and deliberately choose to acquire and dispose of it in their own interests and in the defense of their own liberty." [MORE]