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The Races Of The Last Airbender

M. Night Shyamalan in his own words on The Last Airbender race controversy

The above is a fascinating interview Indie Movies Online did with M. Night Shyamalan on the race controversy surrounding The Last Airbender. I’m a huge fan of Avatar and was a little peeved at first about the casting of several white actors for the main roles. The more I’ve thought about it and read Shyamalan’s thoughts on it, the better of felt. And this interview really drives the point home. Aside from the fact that many of the main characters (and the director himself) are Asian, there’s the fact that the cartoon and all anime series aren’t explicitly Asian. In fact, many are oddly Caucasian in their looks and given Japan’s fetishism with America, that’s not surprising. The strongest point in the interview comes when Shyamalan breaks down the races of the four nations. For any Avatar: The Last Airbender fan, I highly recommend reading this.


Those Racist Republicans


I posted an article on my Facebook page a few days ago that resonated strongly with me, but I felt it deserved wider circulation. Well, more people probably see that page than this one, so let’s call it different circulation. Either way, this lady (Maureen Dowd of The New york Times) says it better than I could have. Or, at least equal to what I could have said but without me having to do anything. She uses Joe Wilson’s recent outburst as a springboard to discuss what’s really behind all this anti-Obama fever sweeping fringe groups of middle-aged white people. She drives it home with this line:

But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

Read the rest of the article.

Now, this is certainly nothing new. This veiled racism has existed since the beginning of Obama’s campaign and though it quieted a bit once he was elected, it only took a few big policy moves to reignite people’s anger with him, or rather with his race. The people lashing out at Obama now haven’t suddenly come out of the racist closet. And they haven’t started hating Obama either. All of these people, from Joe Wilson to Glenn Beck, have hated Obama (and probably all Democrats and black people) since Day 1. But now it’s starting to get ugly. The scary thing is, for years we thought we were on the verge of a revolution. That the only way to stop what was happening to this country was to revolt against a government that was bordering on fascism. But Obama’s election ended that all. It didn’t make things perfect, but it started us back on the path this country once existed on. Ironically, the supporters of the old regime are now calling for revolution and claiming the reason is that we are drifting towards socialism. Of course, the old administration was actually moving towards fascism with wire-tapping, arresting American citizens, torturing our “enemies” without trial in secret facilities, and illegally waging war for blood and oil vendettas. This administration, however, is trying to rework the face of a collapsing empire in a newer, more socially conscience world, and these out-of-touch, fringe neo-cons are crying “SOCIALISM!” without bothering to open a dictionary and see what the word even means.

The good news is, most of them will be dead soon and we can finally take back this country and bring it into the present. It’s now, ya know.

– Christian BC

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