White Individuals Terrorize in CW Horror Anthology
Just because CW’s horror series Two Sentence Horror Stories, which focuses on transphobia, hasn’t forgotten other marginalized groups. The series’ two-episode season finale makes the bold statement that no monster or evil spirit can be as bad as the evil white man.
The February 16 episodes “Ibej” and “Manifest Destiny” both focus on one alleged truth: Whites are the worst. It starts with “Ibej”, where a Nigerian-American nurse named Eneh (Martyne Musau) helps her twin sister Adaora (Nicole Nkowkolo) after she has had a stroke. She quickly takes her sister to the hospital, where they have to wait for treatment. And because this show isn’t in the slightest subtle, they practically tell us that because they’re black, they’re treated differently.
Eneh: That’s ridiculous. You should have been seen by now.
Adaora: Please have a seat.
Eneh: Three hours are bad. Are you kidding me? I saw this woman in the waiting room. She came here at least an hour after us. This is… [Sighs] Sorry doctor. My sister may have had a stroke and we waited here for almost three hours and-
Doctor: I’m sorry ma’am, but you must understand that there is triage.
Eneh: I’m a nurse, I know what triage is. I also know that I have seen patients come here after us and yet they have been seen.
Doctor: I will ask you to calm down. You know it’s great that you are a nurse but not a doctor.
Eneh: She complained of a headache, she was listless, could have lost her motor skills on one side of her …
Doctor: I appreciate your hard work, and if you participate, so will you.
Eneh: You don’t hear me.
Doctor: It doesn’t seem like an emergency. They would have noticed when they were taken. And as a nurse, you need to know that there are many things that can represent a stroke. Anxiety, insomnia, drug use.
Eneh: drug ..?! Do you really think I didn’t notice how this hospital treated its black patients?
Doctor: I don’t appreciate your insinuation. Now, like everyone else, your sister has to wait for her turn. Or, feel free to go to another hospital that … More
The episode confirms Eneh right, as Adaora suffers from paralysis after such a long period of treatment and the doctor advises her to go to a hospice facility. There she is treated worse with only two nurses on an entire floor of black patients. The nurse agrees with Eneh’s frustration, but notes, “Management is only concerned with cutting costs.” The management is of course an old white man. The main point is that white people basically let black people die in hospitals because they are so racist. I suppose this is not the worst allegation made against doctors on television.
Then there is “Manifest Destiny”. A Native American man named Jeremy (Joel Oulette) helps his girlfriend Rosalie (Christie Burke) film a reenactment of the Old West for her podcast. This reenactment involves a local man trying to marry a white girl and bring their cultures together, so of course it’s not the real story. Jeremy says the same to his naive girlfriend and complains about the “white story”.
Jeremy: That scene was total crap.
Rosalie: I thought so. Okay tell me
Jeremy: It’s all made up. This is not an Indian story. It is a white story in which they make up what Indians do and say in it. I doubt there was a relationship, but even if there was, there is no way an Indian is going to fight this sheriff.
Rosalie: Jeremy, what you just said would make this story so much deeper. OK. What if you hosted this episode with me as a guest? I mean to share exactly what you just did. Your, your, your experience, your perspective. I mean, it’s about your tribe, isn’t it?
Jeremy: Not exactly my tribe. I’m Cree, this is Blackfeet.
Rosalie: Oh. Okay, yes, but it’s all Algonquin, isn’t it?
Jeremy: Please don’t say Algonquin.
Jeremy is right when he learns that the sheriff is organizing a force to attack and kill all the natives in their town. When the ghosts of this city take over the actors, the episode becomes a fierce reminder that white people are the worst.
Given the BLM propaganda over the past few months, do we really need more shows asking us to hate white people?
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