What happened to the Good Guy on the White Horse?
When I was a kid, he was everywhere, from Buck Jones (who the above was modeled after), Hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger. It was shorthand for purity, good guy-white, yeh, we get it. Black hats, white hats, all that. Of course, today, it seems naive, in a big way. In a painful way. Still, I kind of dug it and it seems like the entire concept is being erased.
Was there ever a good guy on a white horse who was actually good? Ghandi Ranger? Okay, so, where does that leave us?
It's in the hands, man. The guy has a way with horses and the magic is in his hands. And he's after a white horse, a stallion called The Mexicali Stud. If he rides it will that make him good? Pure? I think you know the answer to that one.
And speaking of heavey-handed symbolism:
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—A. J. Liebling