The 2nd Age Of Race-Whining

The 2nd Age Of Race-Whining
The Rings Of Power
The 2nd Age Of Race-Whining

So, the Woke theologians associated with Hollywood are, as is almost always the case, whining and ranting about how racist White people are when they voice their disapproval of Hollywood’s recent lust affair with gratuitous racial recasting. In this case, it’s in response to the nigh overwhelming negative response to their inserting Black and Black-ish (Puerto Rican Trigue帽o) actors into roles in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

Their imagined antagonists, be they the showrunners or casting agents, are purportedly spoiling and destroying something good, the commenters felt. How? Apparently by casting people of colour.

Featuring Ismael Cruz C贸rdova as an elf, Sophia Nomvete as a dwarf, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Nazanin Boniadi as human characters, and Lenny Henry as a harfoot (an ancestor to the hobbits we鈥檝e seen before), among several others, the new streaming series is bringing some of the first actors of colour to Tolkien adaptations鈥攁fter six live-action films that went without, save for a few extras. In advance footage and within the first few episodes, it was made clear that these are meaningful roles in the ensemble cast.

Beneath assertions of fandom pride and purity seethes a maelstrom of abject racism. The now-deleted YouTube comment barrage is one strand in a much larger web of backlash, diligently stoked by subgroups of fans that seem hell-bent on tanking the series.

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But there is little to no racism inherent in disliking and castigating the improper insertion of race members who don’t match the original work in question. And, the Blacks and their Woke enablers have certainly never refrained from ranting about it, or even a too-White looking actor or actress is cast in their films.

So, on C贸rdova:

There are no dark-skinned Elves in Tolkien’s world. All Elves are pale complected and tend towards grey eyes and almost all have dark hair. Even the term Moriquendi (Elves of Darkness) only means that they never completed their migration to the Blessed Land and, hence, they never beheld the Light that was before the Sun and Moon. There’s no racial distinction and, hence, not even a shred of excuse for casting C贸rdova in the role.

But, on Boniadi:

Alright, they cast an Iraqi as native of the Southlands – what will become Mordor – is to my mind lacking in any issue. There’s little to no canon on what they people their looked like and their close enough to places in which the peoples were described as other than European-esque to make just about any casting not an issue.

And, on Nomvete:

Like Elves, their are no dark-skinned Dwarves in Tolkien’s world. They were always described as short, stocky, bearded Caucasians. This is hardly surprising since Tolkien roughly and loosely patterned them off of the Norse Dvergar, much as he patterned the Elves off of the Norse Lj贸s谩lfar

And, on Henry:

As much as I am and have been a fan of Lenny Henry, there are, once again, no Black hobbits – and yes, Harfoot are hobbits, just as Stoors and Fallohides were. Now, it is true that Tolkien described Harfoots as being darker skinned than the other “breeds,” it’s really doubtful that he meant any darker than some of the British or Continental ethnic groups with tanner complexions. But hey! Darker skinned is darker skinned, so there’s at least a shred of excuse for this casting choice.

And, Last but Worst, Addai-Robinson:

Yes, I skipped over the casting of Cynthia Addai-Robinson because it is the single most glaring, egregious, and stupid choice Hollywood made in The Rings of Power so far. Casting a Black as the ruler of N煤menor is beyond the pale and throws out all of canon and Tolkien’s lore. It is the equivalent of casting a White as T’Challa – especially the T’Challa of the original comics.

All N煤men贸reans were tall, fair-skinned, dark-haired, and light-eyed. They were also strongly into maintaining racial purity, unless it involved Elves. Indeed, they didn’t mix much or well with the other Men in Middle-Earth for the most part, holding themselves above and apart from the Middle Men aka Men of Twilight. They even briefly deposed their first Mixed-Heritage King, Eldacar. A Black ruler? So very wrong and pure anti-White, woke bullshit.

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Let’s face facts; only the Blacks and their anti-White, Oikophobic, Left-wing, enables and panderers think that racial recasting and inserting non-Whites into properly White roles is a good thing. And, they’re the only ones crying “RACISM!” when normal people complain about this example of “Cultural Appropriation.” The vast majority of us think what Hollywood is doing is grossly wrong, and we’re right to do so.

And, Tolkien’s works are a special case. They are fully and completely grounded in a fusion of Anglo-Saxon, Teutonic, and Norse culture and religion (What Christians would call mythology), which is no surprise since Mr. Tolkien was linguist specializing in Old and Middle English, both derivations in large of Anglo-Saxon, Teutonic, and Norse, albeit with heavy and profligate Latin and Latin-derivative inclusions.

Simply, bluntly, and uncompromisingly put, inserting non-Whites into a White story is at least as wrong as inserting Whites into a non-White story. It’s Cultural Appropriation in fact, though not in nomenclature since the anti-White racists defined that as Whites finding any value in- and adopting any portions or trappings of non-White cultures.

But, the Race-Baiters’ Problems

First Problem:

The first problem the new, #Woke iteration of Hollywood faces is that their preferred People, the Blacks, are only 13-ish% of the US population and not an important factor in the financial market. So, Black-centric cinema is inherently of limited interest and economic value, and will employ only a tiny number of Black actors and actresses. That’s largely why Hollywood went full-on anti-White and effectively required that all productions especially privilege non-Whites over Whites. In the absence of the possibility of equality, they’ve chosen to go for equity instead.

Second & Greater Problem:

The second and greater problem the new, #Woke iteration of Hollywood faces is that their chosen people have no stories to tell, or near enough to none as to make no difference in the marketspace. Through – and let’s be honest about this – essentially no fault of their own, the Blacks are completely divorced from their ancestors’ cultural roots. That means that, especially in quasi-historical and/or fantasy genres, there are few, if any, intrinsically Black roles for them. And, using the current and most obvious example, The Woman King, fraught with issues due to African history being “messy” by Western and Westernized cultural and ethical standards.

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So no! The issue with The Rings Of Power isn’t racism. The issue is Hollywood’s race-baiting and ever more gratuitous racial recasting of White stories. This is nothing but cultural appropriation and subornation for the sake of being #Woke and for ensuring, whether it’s a valid thing or not, that Black theater sorts reach economic parity with Whites in the same field.

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Invisible College Barrier?

Invisible College Barrier? No!
Invisible College Barrier? No!

Certain sorts are complaining that underrepresented minority (URM) – yes, that’s now a term in college circles – students are facing invisible barriers in public colleges which prevent them from getting or completing the degrees that they want. And those invisible barriers are grades. And this, of course, is racist and needs to be addressed.

Let’s start with the fact that minorities are most likely not underrepresented, if enrollment figures have maintained the rates that they had for a long time. A five-year average showed that 4.98% of Whites, 6.22% of Blacks, and 4.1% of Latinos enrolled in college each year. So, that pretty much throws the Underrepresented Minority (URM) into the trash heap where all such lies belong.

But that “invisible barrier” to minority students is hardly invisible at all. It’s in plain sight, like all or most actual scholastic requirements in colleges, especially large public universities. They do gate off popular majors, limiting them out of necessity to those students with the best GPAs in prerequisite courses for those respective majors. These grade requirements conserve the various departments’ limited resources by acting as a winnowing tool, which makes sure that the strongest students enter those majors and lower-performing students are directed to other majors that the universities’ faculties believe they can better handle.

I got in here,鈥 she [Gonzales] told me this summer, which she spent finishing her degree in a different major. 鈥淚 did the application. I did the essays. I was accepted. But then there was another admissions process I didn鈥檛 even know about. It was like running a race with one leg.鈥

It’s quite simple really. When competing for resources, those who can show that they will make the best use of those resources will gain them and those that don’t show that won’t get them. If minorities can’t successfully compete – a falsehood, judging by UC Berkely’s graduates demographic figures – it’s neither the universities faults nor their “problem” to solve.

Most certainly, the growing trend of using “holistic” means of judging a major candidates’ worthiness to claim one of the seats in a college/major, is not a means that provides true benefit. It just ends up lowering the bar, but only for certain classes of applicant.

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Don't Assume

Don't Assume That They're Persons
Don’t Assume That They’re Persons

Truly! Assumptions based upon gross physical characteristics are extremely scientifically flawed, foolish, and quite dangerous. Most of Americans’ ongoing issues are the direct result of assuming that those sorts that constantly rant, rail, and riot against anything and everything that is America are persons just because, to a large extent, they look like us.

After all, we have no codified standard for being truly human. We certainly have no standardized test to determine whether an individual creature in our form is in fact human, e.g., Frank Herbert’s “Gom Jabbar Test of Humanity.” We’re operating off of assumptions and social pressures that change periodically based upon prevailing media opinions and who won what war.

So, don’t assume. Test, verify, and act accordingly. 馃懣

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Morally Ignorant

Morally Ignorant And Proud Of It
Morally Ignorant And Proud Of It

To start with, understand that AOC is just the currently most visible, incessantly vocal, and most publicly hubristic example of what is inherently wrong with our domestic enemies, the Left and their non-White Coat-Tail Riders. They’re all like this. They always have been. And they always will be.

These sorts have always held and stridently preached that the truth is secondary to- and must be, at best, forcibly held in subordination to their and their chosen ones’ narratives.

In sad truth, they’re not only morally ignorant, their morality is based upon deliberate ignorance and rejection of the truth and any and all facts that evidence that truth. And, that means you can no more successfully argue with them than you can with any other religious fanatic.

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Unconstitutional Equity

1950s Race Riot

Starting in the mid-1950s, America has been dealing with nigh on constant cries – often violent cries – for equality and the destruction of what racial activists have decried as White Supremacy. That was, as problematical and poorly thought out as it was, a necessary pain. There was at that time deliberate and government-enforced inequality between Whites and non-Whites. As such, cries for equality were not inherently a bad thing.

In all truth, back then, it was a good and necessary thing that they won and that the Civil Rights Movement, for all its chaos and flaws, won the day. Though, even then, it was not enough for the Blacks or their enablers and even the venerated MLK later decided that “reparations” should be handed out to his people, thereby setting the stage for later woes.

And therein was the rot that twisted and distorted Civil Rights into the sick caricature and anti-American thing it is today. Equality was decided soon after it was achieved to be not nearly enough.

Equity vs. Equality

Equality what used to be purported as a good thing and a goal – meant each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equitythe Left’s and their minorities’ newspeak for wanting more – states that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome irrespective of those circumstances or their input into the process.

Blacks Demand Reparations And Equity Because Equality Fails Them Since They're Not Really Whites' Equals

Yes; that’s the sad and maddening truth of what Civil Rights have been corrupted into devolving down to. Equality is deprecated among minorities, especially the Blacks, and their “woke” enablers in these times. Now the word is “Equity” and it is a strident demand for special privileges and advantages, preferably and most often mandatorily at the expense of White people, especially White Men, and most especially Straight White Men.

And this isn’t just hateful and wrongheaded rhetoric. Both government agencies and private sector corporations are putting tangible measure into place to give minorities special advantages and privileges, including but not limited to: prioritized hiring and promotions, special career-based educational programs, and special protections against Whites.

At The Risk Of “Shadowing” Things

At the marginal risk of “shadowing” the issue and its problems, and repeating the judgemental errors of the Warren Court’s opinion on Roe v. Wade, it’s my opinion that the actions taken to further Equity instead of Equality are not just wrong, racist, sexist, heterophobic, and pernicious, they’re unconstitutional and a violation of White people’s – specially Straight White MenFourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. There is little to no functional difference between providing special benefits to people based upon their race, creed, color, gender, or sexual proclivities and denying them such based upon those same criteria. Either way, it falls solidly under the Penumbra of the 14th Amendment and, hence, should be considered a violation of the Civil Rights Act.

Of course, the Left, their minorities, and their politicians disagree with this. Or rather, even if they agree with the premise, they don’t care. Their point in switching from equality to equity was explicitly to take current wealth and future opportunity from Whites and redistribute to others. And, the taking is at least as important to them as their redistributing is.

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