- white people: *make their own 90% white shows, movies, books, magazines*
- poc: there's really no diversity here, who are we supposed to identify with except villains and stereotypes in your work?
- white people: well if you don't like it maybe instead of bitching n moaning you can go ahead and make your own damn art
- poc: okay
- poc: *make beautiful black music, chinese literature, latino films, native american fashion*
- white people: wow, this is totally offensive. There are hardly any white people in these books, movies, shows, music, plays, and art! if we did that, it would be racist.
- poc: you did do that. it was racist. remember? and then you said "go make your own art" so we did?
- white people: nope don't remember that. but hey we'll just do white versions of your books movies and plays with white actors eliminating all need for poc.
Ron is racist - and that’s great
Ron Weasley’s character is consciously written as somewhat racist. Not as racist as Malfoy, of course - he doesn’t scoff at mudbloods and halfbloods, and he doesn’t see himself as superior at all. Still, he unquestionably accepts the inferior position of house elves (they love serving), when he finds out that Lupin’s werewolf his reaction is not only scared but also disgusted (Don’t touch me!) and he is clearly very uncomfortable finding out that Hagrid is half-giant (giants are wild and savage).
And this is brilliant. Because it demonstrates that racism isn’t only present in clearly malicious and evil people, in the Malfoys and Blacks - it’s also there in warm, kind, funny people who just happened to learn some pretty toxic things growing up in a pretty toxic society. And they can unlearn them too, with some time and effort. Ron eventually accepts Hagrid’s parentage, lets Lupin bandage his leg and in the final battle, he worries about the safety of the house elves.
Some people are prejudiced because they are evil, and some people are prejudiced because they don’t know better yet. And those people can learn better, and become better people. And that’s an important lesson. The lesson taught about discrimination shouldn’t be “only evil people do it”, because then all readers will assume it doesn’t apply to them. Instead old JK teaches us “you too are probably doing it, and you should do stop ASAP”.
I see this a lot so can I just say something real quick:
You can’t objectify yourself.
Objectifying someone means you are seeing/treating them as an object, something without a consciousness.
You can’t do that to yourself because you can’t deny your own consciousness. The act of objectification requires you to be a subject, a thinking being.
So I don’t want to see any of this “well if you don’t want to be objectified stop objectifying yourself” bullshit because that’s not a thing that can happen.
i haven’t been on this blog forever…