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I am honestly just exhausted by this year. I spend so much of my energy debating topics in the desperate hope that I as an individual can somehow change things. I have found myself just giving up. And then, I see stuff like #BoycottStarWarsVII beginning to trend and thinking it’s just people trying to cause a fuss online, I overhear a student in my class say to his friends something along the lines of:
“I’m sick of this over-correction in our culture…like the new Star Wars film…just adding black people to make black people happier? It’s anti-white to force us to watch a black hero.”
While I do believe that there is an over-correction issue in our culture today and believe this is a huge issue that does need some attention, this is not it.
Completely forgetting that there are black heroes in the Star Wars universe, I just don’t understand why it is “anti-white” to have a black hero? What? You can’t relate to the protagonist’s struggle because their skin has a different level of melanin? How could you possibly relate to the struggles of a small, bear-like species?
You hear the term “forced-diversity” a lot these days, something that describes the required inclusion of different people. And, while that is a whole other issue, using the term in this respect is just plain wrong when – like we all know – there have been individuals in Star Wars who haven’t been white.
I know this is an incredibly short article and not adding a lot of new information, but it’s upsetting how this kind of “senseless culture” or whatever buzzword you want to call it is bleeding so much into the real-world and into the minds of people who don’t understand the deeper issues.
This guy in my class most likely doesn’t really hate black people and most likely doesn’t believe in an “anti-white” campaign in the new Star Wars film – along with other people who are using the hashtag. But, it is important to understand that there are people out there who are lost and looking for something to believe in. Some people will turn to religion; some will turn to groups with these types of ideological beliefs, which I find worrying.