Wow, hate me for this page!
It is incredible what uproars this black/white thing brings
up. People attack me although I do not state that I personally believe that the
black / white ratio in the movies has any meaning. OK, here we go:
Most of the freed humans are black/Asian. It could mean one of the following (or
a combination thereof):
- The test program was run on the wrong test subjects:
Architect: "[The Mother] stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99% of all
test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice".
Maybe they took too many whites as test subjects.
- Maybe whites are deceived by the matrix easier.
- If you are black and suffer from low-income, work exploitations,
starving (Africa at the end of the nineties) you are more likely to reject the 'System'.
- If you are good-for-the-Matrix then the-Matrix-is-good-for-you and rewards
you with pleasures, that weaken your 'escaping will'. Thus the whites are the
rich on the planet and the blacks are the poor.
Cypher: "I don't want to remember nothing...I want to be rich. You know, someone important, like an actor."
Agent Smith: "Whatever you want, Mr. Reagan."
Well, submission and reward.
- Interesting sideswipe #1:
Reagan tries to be an actor. Hehe...
Reagan wants to be important and forget everything: Ronald Reagan got Alzheimer.
Some scientists link Alzheimer to irresponsibility, believe it or not.
Interesting sideswipe #2:
Cypher [Original Matrix 1
shooting script] (talking to Trinity): "I'll go back to sleep and when I
wake up, I'll be fat and rich and I won't remember a goddamn thing. It's the American
- The fight humans vs. machines was basically a fight between industrialized countries
(=the white race) and the town '01' (=the home town of the machines), which
was located in Saudi-Arabia (if I judge correctly from Animatrix).
Thus maybe a lot of whites and Arabs got killed, while Asians and blacks
- An important sub-thought: Most whites in the Matrix could
be fake whites (= programs). Because so many blacks survived, it could
mean, that the whites are inserted into the Matrix to keep the known races
ratio constant. Remember the boss of Neo, Mr. Rhineheart? He is white
would be the perfect program:
Mr. Rhineheart: "You have a problem with
authority, Mr. Anderson. You believe that you are special, that somehow the rules do not apply to you. Obviously
you are mistaken. This company is one of the top software companies in the world
because every single employee understands that they are part of a
whole. Thus if an employee has a problem, the company has a
problem. The time has come to make a choice, Mr. Anderson. Either you choose to be at your desk on time from this day forward or you choose to find yourself another job. Do I make myself clear?"
Neo: "Yes, Mr. Rhineheart, perfectly clear."
Is there any difference to an agent talking?
- Since the Architect said that the Matrix is older than Neo thinks...
Architect: "The Matrix is older than you know"
...it may mean that keeping humans in the cocoons took place for a very long
time already. Since blacks are used to a sunny climate but the sky is darkened
now it could mean that they feel (subconsciously) more uncomfortable (in their cocoons) than
- Maybe there are other underground groups freeing people from the Matrix.
Since Morheus' group is 'blacker' they may have a greater affinity towards
other blacks. If there would be another group in, say, Turkey, maybe they free
a lot of Turkish people to other places far away from Zion and both groups
don't know anything about each other.
- Weak argument:
Architect: "Those that refused the program...a minority"
He could mean the minority of blacks in the western world. Too word picky, if
you ask me.
I personally love the idea of a movie where blacks
and Asians are the clever ones, the bringers of progress and the fighters for
freedom. This makes the
movie more special than it already is. Here are a few examples of 'White contra
What I want to say: Since every little word ('Matrix'), symbol ('pi') or color
('red vs. blue') is
important in these movies this cannot be a pure coincidence. This
must have a meaning. Hell, the Oracle is even feeding black crows instead of
I somehow disagree with a statement like this:
- The biggest part of the earth's population is black and
Well the earth is not that black and not that Asian as shown in the rave
scene (where they dance and Trinity + Neo make love). And the earth is not that
little Indian and Hispanic. Besides they
speak American English thruout the movie. The Merovingian speaks with a
French accent (merely because he likes it?) as does his wife, what shows,
that if somebody speaks American English he speaks it because it's his
own language rather than it's an American movie.
- Black hair and dark skin are dominant genetic characteristics.
Well, 100 years (when the first were freed) are not enough to make everybody
It has also been supposed that the original freed 23 individuals may have
been mainly black/ Asian. This is a good argument. However there is
an indication that the original 23 have become the council: It is said that the council
(as shown in Matrix 2) consists of
18 people: 12 women+ 6 men. That makes twice as many women as men. The
same applies to the 23 freed original inhabitants of Zion: 24 people
(16 women+ 7 men+ 1 male 'One'), thus also twice as many women
as men. Thus the council in Matrix 2
can be the still living originally freed people.
Another thought: Who says that you always look like your body in your cocoon?
Maybe most of the cocoonists are black, but project themselves as whites? Maybe
that's the reason why nearly every freed person is black/Asian?
A trivia thought: It has been reported that the
Wachowski brothers have stolen the original matrix idea from another writer.
To be more accurate: This writer is a black woman, Sophia Stewart. Could
this be the reason why so many black heros are involved? And so many heroic
women? Whatever, I like it.
However, I may be totally wrong. For all those who dislike this ethnicity/
race idea and want to write me an email about it: Thank you
very much that you took your time and read my site down to this point.
What do you think?
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