The American Society of Magical Negroes Isn’t As Bad As The Internet Thinks. But Its Magic Is Missing
Black folks will recognize the desire to put our own well-being to the side for white comfort. But at times, the film does exactly what it’s critiquing: leaving a magical Black character without the depth needed to sustain a story.
I believe that white people who wrote magical negro movies weren’t thinking through the experiences of other marginalized people, specifically Black people. For me on this film, it was absolutely crucial that I think through the experiences of other marginalized groups, specifically non-Black women of color.