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  •  the Governor was hispanic in the books/comic and (7+ / 0-)

    was obviously cast differently. i don't now if it a business decision per se, but the writers are part of a social and cultural machine that privileges Whiteness. The rest of us are just along for the ride. In the TV series, they also left out the gay characters in the prison too.

    the show is saying lots about race in some very conservative ways--remember the only time racial difference was overtly engaged was when T-Dog talked about racism and how he was black and was expendable. Irony huh? That is part of a Hollywood trope where people of color introduce the obvious question of race and racism just to have it rejected by the white characters as unimportant.

    •  Having the only Hispanic character in the show (5+ / 0-)

      be a power mad sadistic sociopath probably seemed like a bad idea to the producers.

      Of course, there is another really obvious option...

      "the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared material at these facilities and LOFs."

      by JesseCW on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:47:23 AM PST

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    •  Had they Made the Governor Latino (3+ / 0-)
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      on the TV show, I guarantee that the writers would have never made Andrea enter a sexual relationship with him.

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      by Aspe4 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 06:40:11 AM PST

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    •  Couldn't agree more. (2+ / 0-)
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      the show is saying lots about race in some very conservative ways--remember the only time racial difference was overtly engaged was when T-Dog talked about racism and how he was black and was expendable. Irony huh? That is part of a Hollywood trope where people of color introduce the obvious question of race and racism just to have it rejected by the white characters as unimportant.
      Never having been to Georgia, I can't really say how I would expect rural, white Georgians would respond to a zombie apocalypse; but from everything that I know about Georgia, and indeed the conservative South as a whole, there is, and has been for a very long time, an unwillingness on the part of the rural whites to acknowledge even the existence of racism in their neck of the woods, thereby making the trope a truism, reflective of the setting of the series.  

      We are the first to look up and know, with absolute certainty, that the sword we ourselves have forged, is real.

      by Jbearlaw on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 08:28:50 AM PST

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      •  Oh, they admit it exists. (3+ / 0-)
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        They just externalize it all to Merle.

        It's not the Cop or the Lawyer, who maintain the system.  It's not the kindly old farmer veterinarian.

        It's the evil cracker white trash who doesn't know his place.  That's all the racism, right there, down in the trailer park.  

        The guy with no economic or social power is the judas goat they rub all their sins onto in the very beginning before driving him out of the village...

        As opposed to the obedient "back-woodsman" who does what he's told and obeys the power structure (even if he's a little rough around the edges).

        There's nothing systemic, nothing institutional, just stupid rednecks they hate too.

        "the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared material at these facilities and LOFs."

        by JesseCW on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:55:16 AM PST

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