Say I’m jumping to conclusions. Go ahead and say it. But this isn’t the first time a Black female protagonist on a popular television show has received unnecessary hatred from the fandom for her decisions because they jeopardize the safety and perfection of the Good White People.
Mercedes from Glee. Tara from True Blood. Martha from Doctor Who.
If the Negress disagrees with the Good White People, she’s a mean bitch. If the Negress agrees with the Good White People, she’s okay, but if she makes her happiness unknown she’s a sulky pushover bitch and needs to “do better”. If she makes her happiness known she’s a self-centered bitch. If the Negress makes a mistake, she’s a stupid bitch. If the Negress does something right and is proud of it, she’s a smug bitch. If the Negress moves left, fandom bitches about it and makes it known they want her to move right. If the Negress moves right, fandom whines about it and makes it known they want her to move left. If the Negress stays in the center, fandom wants her to step out of the circle. If the Negress is out of the circle, fandom demands she come back to the center.
If the Negress has long hair, she’s a long-haired bitch trying to be White. If the Negress has kinky hair, she’s a nappy-headed ho who acts too Black. In a supernatural show, if the Negress has mystical abilities, fandom wants her to be normal. If she has normal abilities, fandom wants her to make herself “useful” and become a Magical Black Woman and play mammy to the Good White People and never have a voice in the affairs of the plot.
Goddess forbid the Negress ever dare to challenge the authority of the Good White People, then she’s an unruly bitch, even if she has every right to judge the wrongdoings of said Good White People, it doesn’t matter. Because Good White People can do no wrong. If the Negress enters a relationship with one of the Wonderful White Male leads, she’d better stay quiet and listen to her Wonderful White Man. Even if the Wonderful White Man cheats on her, dogs her out, she had better NOT get angry, because then she’s hurting the Wonderful White Man’s feelings and is being a Black bitch. If the Negress is a sexual being, she’s a slut bitch. If the Negress is virginal, she’s a prude bitch. How dare she not give up her good Black vagina to the Wonderful White Man? He should own it!
If the Negress’ character died, fandom wouldn’t care. Wanna know why? Because from day 1 they unfairly judged her. Because from day 1 she’s been nothing but a Black Best Friend to the Good White People. Because from day 1 every decision she’s ever made, even when she was completely justified, has made her out to be a mean, sulky, pushover, self-centered, stupid, smug, long-haired, kinky-haired, mystical, unruly, mammy, virginal, prude Negress bitch.
This is EXACTLY how Black women are viewed. Think I’m wrong? Think again.