We have two American programs on hauntings now every evening of the week.
It's always a white family (for over a week now without variation) in a big creaky house.
Are spirits, demons and ghosts snobs and racists?
Only some of these programs have investigative moments (usually a boring orb or unclear EVP), and most of the visual and narrative is recreated.
At the end the white middle-class family is always secure and safe.
I'm starting to think this is political and pushing the patriarchal family of a certain race and class as the norm.
Are there no hauntings in inner cities, or "the hood"?
Occasionally they include a Native American shaman, who arrives and leaves after an unsuccessful exorcism.
We never see where they live however.
Inevitably some form of Christian authority is pushed as the only solution.
This is surely ideological.
Meanwhile the medium Linda Williamson writes in her book Ghosts and Earthbound Spirits
(Piatkus Books, 2006):
Evil spirits are attracted to areas where there is any kind of negativity. Take, for instance, a housing estate in a depressed area where there is
a high level of crime, drug taking, unemployment and the ills that go with it. If you could see such a place from the spirit world you would see any
number of earthbound spirits in that that location.
She then mentions a worst-case haunting, where crockery was flying around, the furniture was moving, and two cops were pinned against the wall by a
Wouldn't this be a good place to film some footage?
But perhaps seeing the truth about abject poverty is scarier to middle-America than ghosts.
I guess being haunted means you are associated with property, and if you don't have an address linked to property, then not even a ghost or demon
gives a damn about you.
So I'd like to see programs that are not so obviously segregated by race, sexuality and class, and thus, by implication, consign entire groups of
people to invisibility.
edit on 27-10-2011 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)