May the Force Awaken Us

I hadn’t been on social media for most of the day, so I logged on to see what my people were talking about. It didn’t take long for me to come across the #BoycottStarWarsVII hashtag. Being the Star Wars nerd that I am, I was intrigued.

What I found simultaneously made me sad for humanity and gave me life. It turns out that a bunch of White folks got in their feelings about the casting of the new Star Wars movie, there are too many black people! Calling it anti-white propaganda and white genocide these folks are hard to take serious, and some have said it is best to ignore them, I don’t agree.

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Do I think this piece will change the way any of those folks see the world? Of course not. So, then, why am I writing it? Because I want you, the person reading this right now, to understand that this hashtag is not an anomaly, it is simply an extreme iteration of the defensiveness those of us perceived as white act on far too often. We may not call it white genocide, but we are comfortable with #AllLivesMatter. We may not call it anti-white propaganda, but we think reverse racism is a thing. Do you see my point?

Many of us will be quick to agree the people behind this hashtag are on the fringe, but we will remain silent and comfortable encased in a world where whiteness is normal and “just the way it is.” We know Star Wars isn’t genocide, but we won’t talk about the genocide that actually happened on this land. That has to change. While anti-white propaganda certainly doesn’t exist in mainstream American media, anti-black propaganda does.  Donald Trump, a viable Republican candidate, is building his campaign on anti-Latin@ propaganda. An award winning “poet” openly talked about using an Asian name in order to get published. Where were we?

These are all iterations — less belligerent, but iterations nonetheless — of the same worldview that gave birth to #BoycottStarWarsVII. May the force awaken us!

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