THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD!!
non white male leads
time of war
“We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope.”
I got to experience Rogue One in Imax 3D on Thursday night with my wife and IPC’s own Heath Scott. You can read Heath’s thoughts here. (I don’t agree with everything, but I do agree you need to take time to let a Star Wars film simmer in your mind before you make a like or dislike decision.)
I do not want to talk about my thoughts on Rogue One as a film, but instead as the cultural touchstone I feel it will become for the Millennial Generation (For which I just barely qualify.) and the people who will feel the impact of the next few years harder than anyone else…young people and people of color.
I want to start with the obvious. As far back as A New Hope, the rebellion has always been a rag-tag band comprised of humans and aliens from varying cultures and diverse backgrounds. The entity against which they fight is comprised almost entirely of white dudes. It might as well be called the Galactic Patriarchy. Even with the diverse make up of the Rebellion, until The Force Awakens was released last year, the heroes the we were asked to follow and empathize with, while not exclusively male, have been as lily-white as any Imperial Officer.
As we (imperial) march towards the future, one certainty is that this country is only growing more diverse. Not only that, but those that come here seeking shelter are doing so for a wide array of reasons, and in a variety of ways. Some are running from a homeland that has been torn apart by war, others seek to make a better living than the one their country offers, and some simply want a different experience. Whether they are being hoisted off a raft in the sea, touching land after crossing the Rio Grande, or getting their passport stamped, they all hope to look around at a diverse set of faces and welcoming arms.
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