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Old movies often treated black people, particularly indigenous ones, as ignorant, cowardly and superstitious. When white explorers are about to enter, say, a mysterious forest in deepest, darkest Africa, you can depend on a native to say something like “No go there. Bad juju.”

But has anyone ever noted that when the white guys ignore the warning and enter the taboo area, they run into awful things, like attacks by some terrifying beast or other monster?

Those “primitive” natives — they were a lot smarter than the white guys ever imagined.

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