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The Magical Negro is a supporting stock character in American cinema who is portrayed as coming to the aid of a film's white protagonists.<ref name=time>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Magical Negro characters, who often possess special insight or mystical powers, have long been a tradition in American fiction.<ref name="race">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Spike Lee, while discussing films with students at Washington State University and at Yale University, said he was dismayed at Hollywood's decision to continue using the premise; he noted that the films The Green Mile and The Legend of Bagger Vance used the "super-duper magical Negro".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="strangehorizons">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="SpikeLee">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Critics use the word "negro" because it is considered archaic, and usually offensive, in modern English. This underlines their message that a "magical black character" who goes around selflessly helping white people is a throwback to stereotypes such as the "Sambo" or "Noble savage".<ref name="race"/>


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The Magical Negro is a supporting stock character in American cinema who is portrayed as coming to the aid of a film's white protagonists.<ref name=time>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Magical Negro characters, who often possess special insight or mystical powers, have long been a tradition in American fiction.<ref name="race">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Spike Lee, while discussing films with students at Washington State University and at Yale University, said he was dismayed at Hollywood's decision to continue using the premise; he noted that the films The Green Mile and The Legend of Bagger Vance used the "super-duper magical Negro".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="strangehorizons">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="SpikeLee">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Critics use the word "negro" because it is considered archaic, and usually offensive, in modern English. This underlines their message that a "magical black character" who goes around selflessly helping white people is a throwback to stereotypes such as the "Sambo" or "Noble savage".<ref name="race"/>


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