Often in life, I’m reminded of the different positions people occupy, and how it is most evident in the way they view things.
As the observation goes: “Men’s number one fear of women is that women will embarrass them. Women’s number one fear is that men will kill them.”
This is very true. I’ve rarely felt threatened by a woman, even a woman behaving threateningly. It’s not that I don’t believe a woman can hurt me. It’s just not something I’m geared to perceive, and why should I? I’m stronger than most women. I’m not combat trained, but neither are most people (women included). More importantly, it just doesn’t come up all that often. When I’m alone on an elevator with a woman, I’m not afraid she’s going to pull a knife and stab me. She could. But I just don’t imagine it happening.
So now there are dummies who claim that adding more diversity to Star Wars is somehow the equivalent of “white genocide”. Like the kerfluffle of the first Thor movie, where inserting a pair of minority supporting characters was perceived as an attack on white people (n a movie that was 98 percent white people).
So perhaps a new observation is in order:
“Some white people’s greatest fear is that the universe might acknowledge that other types of people exist and have value.”
Of course, I don’t think this is true for many (hopefully most) white people. I think most people see a few dark faces on the Star Wars poster and don’t see it as heralding the beginning of the coming race war. Hell, Star Wars already had Lando, the coolest cat in the galaxy who blew up the Death Star in Jedi, so it’s a weird fight to pick now.
The difference being that for a lot of people, the assumption of Polite White Supremacy was apparently a thing. Maybe a thing they didn’t even know they had. Just like I have a certain Male Invulnerability without realizing it. And maybe this is just the growing pains we have to go through as more voices are added to the conversation and our perception of a character’s value doesn’t automatically include Handsome White Person.
Seriously, Star Wars has Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Queen Amidala, Obi Wan, Whatever the Hell Liam Neeson’s character was called, and Porkins. It’s safe to say they’ve had a lot of white people saving the day. It’s hardly a revolution if one or two different ethnicities or (gasp) ladies show up to save the day now.
Humans: We’re not very good at this.