Why Didn’t Tonto Just Kill The Lone Ranger?


I have to confess that I’ve watched a lot of “The Lone Ranger” in the last month or so, including and especially the two original-cast movies. To justify this, I keep thinking of why Tonto is so helpful. Is it because he gets to beat up white people? Is it because, in my mind, he kills the Lone Ranger in the end when he realizes the white-eyes will take all his people’s land? Would he like that in the 21st century a white boy who is using the one-drop rule to an extreme will be playing him this year? Tonto speaks to me, but not in broken English.

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