When I was in Forbes—I was there for sixteen years—I used regularly to do articles which involved charts and graphics. If we were writing about differences in income distribution and stuff like that, then obviously we’d break it out by race because there are such tremendous systematic differences between Americans on the basis of race.
Well, the Art Department, who were of course mostly lumpen liberals like everyone is in the media world, the kind of people that you find living in Greenwich Village where Forbes offices were located, they would never allow us to have a bar chart with blacks black, Asians yellow, and whites, you know, white! They insisted that blacks had to be green! And Asians had to be blue! And all kinds of other colors.
Of course, this made the graphics incredibly difficult to read, because you have to be constantly looking back and forth from the chart to the color key to figure out what you were looking at. But the Art Department just knew that it was not possible to have a simple bar chart which was intuitively obvious. It wasn’t because they were getting directives from management. It was something they really believed.
Blogger Alex Leo has tracked movie villains from action movies by ethnicity, in movies from “ten of the best-loved action stars over the past 30 years” and this is what her chart looks like after she studied the films of
Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson and James Bond (he may not be real, but he’s definitely an action hero). I looked into each of their films (most of which I have not seen) and deciphered the villains’ ethnicities/races/affiliations. (I hope I did this all correctly but in some of the lesser-known films it was hard to tell so let me know if you find errors!) I discarded categories with only one or two entries: deranged wives (“Presumed Innocent”), clones (“Blade Runner”), the IRA (“The Devil’s Own”) [VDARE.com note: These are all white people, since they’re related to, married to, or clones of Harrison Ford.] and split the rest into ten categories: African-Americans (light green on the graphs below), Nazis/Germans (purple), Russians (light orange), Middle Easterners (red), American military/government/law enforcement (dark blue), the mob/organized crime (brown), South/Central Americans (dark orange), North-East Asians (dark green), non-governmental white guys (light blue), and American companies (yellow)
Give me a break! This is what the chart looks like for the eighties:
With MS Paint, I’ve changed the colors to reflect how many of the villains are white,how many are brown, and how few, actually, are black. (It’s unfair to call Rocky’s opponents villains–they’re boxing matches.)
You can see that almost all the villains are white. The thing about white villains in government and corporate America is something that Alex Leo attributes to traditional American skepticism about government. I’d say rather that it reflects Hollywood ant-Americanism and anti-“Establishment” bias. Its total fantasy, anyway. White corporate executives and politicians have their villainies, but that kind of person almost never commits an actual murder. Sam Francis wrote, regarding suspicions that Chandra Levy had been murdered by a Congressman, that
…I do like to think I know something about the American political class of which he seems to be a fairly representative member, and I find it all but impossible to believe that anyone in that class has the strength of character to commit this kind of murder.
These people can pinch their secretary’s bottoms all day and pocket bribes from whatever crook happens to walk through the front doors of their offices, but it takes a certain amount of character or what Machiavelli called “spine,” guts, whatever you want to name it-to kill someone face to face, clean up the evidence, and then dispose of the body so it won’t be found.
In Renaissance Italy political leaders possessed such qualities; ours don’t.