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No matter what the genre and no matter what the race of the director, these kinds of Black films, we are told, form a niche market within the broader domestic U. market and are but a tiny fraction of the Global film marketplace.Now that I’ve established this narrow definition we can explore a brief series of questions beginning with the assertion that is the title of this piece. A vast majority of White people don’t like Black movies because they lack the empathy necessary to identify with Black characters which in turn affects their ability to “suspend disbelief” and surrender to the narrative of a Black film.
“In other words people were less likely to mentally simulate the actions of other-race than same-race people.” (2) When we watch a film we are watching images of people doing tasks in the pursuit of a goal to change a circumstance and it stands to reason that if the threshold of empathy in Whites is higher when watching non-Whites perform certain tasks because of the Racial Empathy Gap, then if the Whites are watching a Black film such a high empathy threshold would make the suspension of disbelief difficult and attenuate the pleasure of their viewing experience.
But once we get the chance to observe them together, the dynamic works in intuitive ways.