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27th Apr '17 6:11:46 PM WillBGood
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* Parodied in a ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Mitchell and Webb Look]]'' sketch about an episode of a [[ShowWithinAShow fictitious show]] called ''Speedo''. The episode is supposed to revolve around a rich white lawyer who tries to help a young black kid accused of a murder he didn't commit, but becomes a BrokenAesop [[CharacterOutlivesActor when the actor playing Speedo dies and the character is recast]] as [[RaceLift another black guy]]... without changing any of the lines that acknowledge the supposed race barrier between them.

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* Parodied in a ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Mitchell and Webb Look]]'' sketch about an episode of a [[ShowWithinAShow fictitious show]] called ''Speedo''. The episode is supposed to revolve around a rich white lawyer (the eponymous Speedo) who tries to help a young black kid accused of a murder he didn't commit, but becomes a BrokenAesop [[CharacterOutlivesActor when the actor playing Speedo dies and the character is recast]] as [[RaceLift another black guy]]... without changing any of the lines that acknowledge the supposed race barrier between them.
14th Apr '17 2:26:30 PM kquinn0830
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** Dobby himself mentions that when Dumbledore hired him he tried to give Dobby the same pay and benefits as an average human working schlub, and Dobby, insisting that he is unusual but not inelfin, talked him down to wages that are just short of slavery.
** It's especially odd since she seems to have no problem with the treatment of all the ''other'' sentient races the wizards are oppressing. The Goblins have outright rebelled against their second-class-citizen status several times while the Centaurs and Merfolk are forced into reservations, yet she seems completely ambivalent about their problems.
*** It's not so odd when you remember that, as Hogwarts student, Hermione is directly benefiting from the house-elves' work. They make her food, they launder her clothes, they clean the dormitories she lives in. The treatment of goblins and centaurs and merfolk are more distant issues; this one is personal for her.

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** Dobby himself mentions that when Dumbledore hired him he tried to give Dobby the same pay and benefits as an average human working schlub, schlub (10 [[FictionalCurrency Galleons]] a week and weekends off), and Dobby, insisting that he is unusual but not inelfin, talked him down to wages that are just short of slavery.
slavery (One Galleon a week and one day off a month).
** It's especially odd since she seems to have no problem with the treatment of all the ''other'' sentient races the wizards are oppressing. The Goblins have outright rebelled against their second-class-citizen status several times while the Centaurs and Merfolk are forced into reservations, yet she seems completely ambivalent about their problems.
*** It's not so odd when you remember
problems. Of course it's likely has to do with the fact that, as Hogwarts student, Hermione is directly benefiting from the house-elves' work. They make her food, they launder her clothes, they clean the dormitories she lives in. The treatment of goblins and centaurs and merfolk are more distant issues; this one is personal for her.
13th Mar '17 11:59:18 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''Film/ThePrincipal'' has Creator/JimBelushi taking on the gangs to clean up an inner-city high school.

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* ''Film/ThePrincipal'' has Creator/JimBelushi Creator/JamesBelushi taking on the gangs to clean up an inner-city high school.
13th Mar '17 11:58:37 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''Hard Ball'' has Creator/KeanuReaves teaching baseball to inner-city kids.

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* ''Hard Ball'' has Creator/KeanuReaves Creator/KeanuReeves teaching baseball to inner-city kids.
13th Mar '17 11:57:09 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''Film/TheButler''. Richard Nixon, loitering around the kitchens, inquires about the salaries of the black staff and promises that under ''his'' Presidency, such wage disparities will be corrected. Of course, an egalitarian White House is not in the cards, at least not under Nixon's watch: the Southern Baptists sealed his election victory.
* ''Film/DangerousMinds'': Michelle Pfeiffer teaches minority students in an inner city school. BasedOnATrueStory, though the real life version included a significant number of white students.
* In ''Film/RenaissanceMan'', Danny Devito teaches a class of mostly minority deadbeats in the armed forces.
* ''Hard Ball'' has Keanu Reaves teaching baseball to inner-city kids.

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* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''Film/TheButler''. Richard Nixon, UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, loitering around the kitchens, inquires about the salaries of the black staff and promises that under ''his'' Presidency, such wage disparities will be corrected. Of course, an egalitarian White House is not in the cards, at least not under Nixon's watch: the Southern Baptists sealed his election victory.
* ''Film/DangerousMinds'': Michelle Pfeiffer Creator/MichellePfeiffer teaches minority students in an inner city school. BasedOnATrueStory, though the real life version included a significant number of white students.
* In ''Film/RenaissanceMan'', Danny Devito Creator/DannyDeVito teaches a class of mostly minority deadbeats in the armed forces.
* ''Hard Ball'' has Keanu Reaves Creator/KeanuReaves teaching baseball to inner-city kids.



* Somewhat inverted in ''Film/ReignOverMe'', where Alan Johnson (played by DonCheadle) helps his former college roommate (Creator/AdamSandler) cope with the losses he suffered in the September11 terrorist attacks.
rom them than they do from him,

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* Somewhat inverted in ''Film/ReignOverMe'', where Alan Johnson (played by DonCheadle) Creator/DonCheadle) helps his former college roommate (Creator/AdamSandler) cope with the losses he suffered in the September11 UsefulNotes/September11 terrorist attacks.
rom them than they do from him,
attacks.



* ''Film/ThePrincipal'' has Jim Belushi taking on the gangs to clean up an inner-city high school.

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* ''Film/ThePrincipal'' has Jim Belushi Creator/JimBelushi taking on the gangs to clean up an inner-city high school.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode 'Human Nature' the Doctor is turned into a human, and given the memories of 1913 school teacher John Smith. This includes ValuesDissonance for the time period, unfortunately enough for his black companion Martha Jones, who is pretending to be his servant. He takes it as his duty to help this poor black lady; when she starts saying that he's ''not'' human, but an alien, and they're being attacked, his reaction is to teach her that this is "what we call a story". She slaps him for that.

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* In the two-part ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode 'Human Nature' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Human Nature]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]", the Doctor is turned into a human, and given the memories of 1913 school teacher John Smith. This includes ValuesDissonance for the time period, unfortunately enough for his black companion Martha Jones, who is pretending to be his servant. He takes it as his duty to help this poor black lady; when she starts saying that he's ''not'' human, but an alien, and they're being attacked, his reaction is to teach her that this is "what we call a story". She slaps him for that.



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' lampoons the ''Film/DangerousMinds'' example (alongside a more recent example with a Hispanic man as the teacher) in "Eek! A Penis!" by, instead of actually teaching those students math, Cartman teaches them how to successfully ''cheat'' on the tests. He also passes as Hispanic himself [[ElSpanishO ("Cartmenez")]], mainly by doing an atrocious accent.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' lampoons the ''Film/DangerousMinds'' example (alongside a more recent example with a Hispanic man as the teacher) in "Eek! "[[Recap/SouthParkS12E5EekAPenis Eek, A Penis!" Penis!]]" by, instead of actually teaching those students math, Cartman teaches them how to successfully ''cheat'' on the tests. He also passes as Hispanic himself [[ElSpanishO ("Cartmenez")]], mainly by doing an atrocious accent.
23rd Feb '17 3:18:57 PM Mark2000
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* ''Film/DangerousMinds'' features a white woman trying her best to get Black and Latino students to care about themselves, their education, and their future.

* A busy body white lady seems to single-handed kick off the Civil Rights Movement in ''Film/TheHelp'' by inspiring dissatisfaction in the African American housekeepers and cotton picker's at her family's farm. One of the housekeepers depicted in the film sued the author for stealing her life story.



* ''Film/TheHelp'', based on a novel, features Skeeter helping black maids get recognition for their hard work. In the novel, Skeeter's narration even explicitly says, "Being white, I feel it's my duty to help them."

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* ''Film/TheHelp'', based on a novel, features Skeeter helping black maids get recognition for their hard work. In the novel, Skeeter's narration even explicitly says, "Being white, I feel it's my duty to help them."" One of the housekeepers depicted in the film sued the author for stealing her life story.
23rd Feb '17 3:17:14 PM Mark2000
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* ''Film/SchindlersList'', also a true story, focuses on a German industrialist helping to keep his Jewish workers out of the concentration camps and also sabotage the Nazi war effort. As a film that's supposed to show the horrors of the Holocaust, it spends more time in the heads of two gentiles, Oskar Schindler and Amon Göth, than in any of it's Jewish characers. In fact, most of the pathos of the end scenes feature Schindler kvetching about how he should have done more. Poor him.

* Even though the story behind ''Film/DallasBuyersClub'' is true, it is a hand-picked anecdote about a straight man helping to get HIV medication for a host of gay and trans individuals. It ignored the many similar stories of LGTB people around the United States at the same time doing the same hard word for their own mistreated community.

* ''Film/DangerousMinds'' features a white woman trying her best to get Black and Latino students to care about themselves, their education, and their future.

* A busy body white lady seems to single-handed kick off the Civil Rights Movement in ''Film/TheHelp'' by inspiring dissatisfaction in the African American housekeepers and cotton picker's at her family's farm. One of the housekeepers depicted in the film sued the author for stealing her life story.
15th Jan '17 10:50:23 PM babyhenchy1
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation's official reason for conquering and colonizing the rest of the world is to "share their greatness" with the rest of the world. Certainly, Fire Lords Azulon and Ozai don't care about that and they just want to be [[AGodAmI the supreme ruler of everything]], but that was [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin]]'s reason for beginning the war in the first place. Eventually, [[spoiler:Zuko]] realizes 1) that this "sharing" philosophy is a total lie--the Fire Nation is not sharing anything but fear and suffering and 2) how wrong this philosophy is by itself.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation's official reason for conquering and colonizing the rest of the world is to "share their greatness" with the rest of the world. Certainly, Fire Lords Azulon and Ozai don't care about that and they just want to be [[AGodAmI the supreme ruler of everything]], but that was [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin]]'s reason for beginning the war in the first place. Eventually, [[spoiler:Zuko]] realizes 1) that this "sharing" philosophy is a total lie--the Fire Nation is not sharing anything but fear and suffering and 2) how wrong this philosophy is by itself.itself, [[HeelRealization something that Sozin also realized at the very end of his life]], too late to change things.
14th Dec '16 3:17:17 AM Morgenthaler
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This trope has (mostly) nothing to do with the 1995 film ''[[Film/WhiteMansBurden White Man's Burden]]''.

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This trope has (mostly) nothing not much to do with the 1995 film ''[[Film/WhiteMansBurden White Man's Burden]]''.
''Film/WhiteMansBurden''.



* ''Film/WhiteMansBurden'': This film is about an alternate America with a StereotypeFlip where whites and blacks switch places in the social-economic ladder. It doesn't feature this trope particularly much since the well-off black deuteragonist Thaddeus regards lower class whites such as protagonist Louis with contempt and racial prejudice, but his wife does support a charity to help poor white youths from the inner cities.

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* ''Film/WhiteMansBurden'': This film is about an alternate America with a StereotypeFlip where whites and blacks switch places in the social-economic ladder. It doesn't feature this trope (or rather, its inversion) particularly much since the well-off black deuteragonist Thaddeus regards lower class whites such as protagonist Louis with contempt and racial prejudice, but his wife does support a charity to help poor white youths from the inner cities.
14th Dec '16 3:16:04 AM Morgenthaler
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This trope has nothing to do with the 1995 film ''[[Film/WhiteMansBurden White Man's Burden]]''.

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This trope has (mostly) nothing to do with the 1995 film ''[[Film/WhiteMansBurden White Man's Burden]]''.



* Played with in ''[[Film/FortyTwo 42]]''; while the movie focuses on Jackie Robinson's efforts, Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey is never far behind, either to support Robinson or to destroy all objections to Robinson's integration into Major League Baseball.

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* Played with in ''[[Film/FortyTwo 42]]''; ''Film/FortyTwo''; while the movie focuses on Jackie Robinson's efforts, Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey is never far behind, either to support Robinson or to destroy all objections to Robinson's integration into Major League Baseball.


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* ''Film/WhiteMansBurden'': This film is about an alternate America with a StereotypeFlip where whites and blacks switch places in the social-economic ladder. It doesn't feature this trope particularly much since the well-off black deuteragonist Thaddeus regards lower class whites such as protagonist Louis with contempt and racial prejudice, but his wife does support a charity to help poor white youths from the inner cities.
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