by Andrea Elizabeth
It just occurred to me that all the white males in this movie are losers and the winners are non-white or female. I googled “Force Awakens white males” and yes, it’s a thing. I’m still going to watch the new series because I’m not prejudiced against non white non males. Though for some reason I’m not into Po’s character. It feels contrived and like hey, if you liked Luke you’ll like me. Not so much. Probably because he wasn’t introduced as thoroughly as Luke was. He’s just “the best pilot”. So? Anyhow, surely they wont make Luke continue to be a loser in the next episodes.
I’m catching some of the National Park documentaries on PBS on this fine Resurrection day. It is hard to listen to the white exclusivity in the rich movers and shakers of the early 20th Century. But reverse prejudice just because of skin color and gender sounds like revenge too late. In dealing with slavery and native genocide it’s hard to know what to do with the descendants. On one hand they had nothing to do with it. On the other there are some lingering effects that they inherited. On someone else’s hand there is something about being a representative species. We can’t help but remember how horses bore our burdens when we deal with their individual descendants today. It affects how we treat them. We do want to apologize and respect them for it even though they may never have known hardship. Things are connected. But I don’t think we need to make people pull wagons and carry heavy horses on their backs to fix the past or even fix lingering demeaning treatment. But you can’t say punishment is wrong in general either. There is something to poetic justice. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.