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  •  The party line (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for reading...and the interesting comment.

    No, of course there is no party line.  We do, after all, have Clarence Thomas.  Wish I could comment about Psyche...but haven't seen a single episode.  Does it have interesting racial content?  It's one of my primary interests.

    As for J.K., yes, she's white (so am I, by the way), but it is not unusual for fiction writers to write about people who are demographically different from them.  Men write about female characters.  Young authors write about the elderly.  It's part of the territory.  But I wouldn't pick on her if she wasn't so clearly trying to make a racial point by giving us racial identifiers for the non-white characters.  Why do it if she isn't going to deal with their racial status in any way?  The only answer I can come up with is that she wanted to present the readers with her version of a racial utopia:  "Look readers," she is saying, "I can create a world where there are Black and Asian people and no one notices that they are Black and Asian."  Well, I find that insulting.

    •  I saw that very differently. (1+ / 0-)
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      The way I read her books, the wizards were the equivalent of what we might consider a "race", and then there were all of the other magical creatures--the goblins, the house elves, the giants, etc.--who were, in actuality, of equal worth and giving valuable contributions to the whole society--that stood in for what our limited notions of "race" mean. I read the lack of in-depth exploration of various backgrounds of the wizard population at Hogwarts to be more of a function that wizards were, overall, more alike than unalike, and the racial prejudices addressed in the series to be much broader; for example, the discussions regarding goblins' resentment at the wand wielders, or the subjugation of House Elves.

      Unfortunately, the movies thus far have not gone far enough to really explore these themes. I am hopeful for the 6th installment, and glad to hear the rumors that the 7th will be made into 2 movies, but we shall see. The 5th movie really glossed over a lot of this, and I found it disappointing.

      My $.02, and I would add more but this post is already too long, and I'm getting sleepy.

      On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. --Barack Obama

      by Jennifer Clare on Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 09:23:27 PM PDT

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      •  The metaphor (1+ / 0-)
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        For Me it is the Muggles-Wizard division, and the resulting obsession with "pure blood" on the part of Voldemort's followers as a Rightwing purity police, Led by the self-loathing "half-breed" (Voldemort echoing Hitler).

        "We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart." - Blaise Pascal

        by Dixie Liberal on Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 10:40:39 PM PDT

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