Speaking of Avatar’s premise: ‘This is a classic scenario you’ve seen in non-scifi epics from Dances With Wolves to The Last Samurai, where a white guy manages to get himself accepted into a closed society of people of color and eventually becomes its most awesome member.’
White people feel bad for genocide/colonization/slavery etc. so they they make movies where they get to fantasize about changing their race while retaining their white privilege. This often involves them dressing up as caricatures of us, sharing their supposed wisdom with us, and ultimately saving us from ourselves/other whites. Often in sci-fi, this plays out metaphorically as a white guy saving a society of aliens.
Also included, white people gettin’ deep with us as a backdrop.
“I’m not religious, I’m spiritual.”
I’m surprised that the kid isn’t in blackface.