"You read enough books in which people like you are disposable, or are dirt, or are silent, absent, or worthless, and it makes an impact on you. Because art makes the world, because it matters, because it makes us. Or breaks us." —Rebecca Solnit
There is a lot of excitement and buzz around the newest film in the Star Wars franchise. I have not seen it yet, so I will refrain from saying too much of my own opinion here, but a lot of anticipation and delight come from a refreshing dose of diversity in the cast of this new film, especially in the leading roles. While that doesn't mean "racism/sexism in Hollywood is over" any more than the election of a black man to the presidency of the USA signifies the end of racism in America, and it doesn't mean that there still isn't a great deal of work to be done, it is a moment of prominent, visible change, and one worth celebrating.
"John Boyega...is in many ways the moral conscious of the film, and it’s great to see an awakening happen through the point of view of someone living in black skin." —Steven W. Thrasher (The Guardian)
"There are people of color and women in almost every scene of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'...The diversity in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has the potential to be remarkably empowering for those black and brown folks, and white viewers too, that see this as the new normal." —Chauncey Devega (Salon)
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