Speaking of wolves, here’s the song I was thinking of, which, thanks to you, I know the name of.

This is the thing I wish I’d written about “Avatar.”

These are movies about white guilt. Our main white characters realize that they are complicit in a system which is destroying aliens, AKA people of color – their cultures, their habitats, and their populations. The whites realize this when they begin to assimilate into the “alien” cultures and see things from a new perspective. To purge their overwhelming sense of guilt, they switch sides, become “race traitors,” and fight against their old comrades. But then they go beyond assimilation and become leaders of the people they once oppressed. This is the essence of the white guilt fantasy, laid bare. It’s not just a wish to be absolved of the crimes whites have committed against people of color; it’s not just a wish to join the side of moral justice in battle. It’s a wish to lead people of color from the inside rather than from the (oppressive, white) outside.

Think of it this way. Avatar is a fantasy about ceasing to be white, giving up the old human meatsack to join the blue people, but never losing white privilege.

That’s pretty astute, I think.

4 thoughts on “Furr

  1. No. Not at all. Ha, no, that’s kind of a weird question to me. It’s a piece of art. Knowing how it works on you and why it works on you isn’t a reason not to see it, even if you don’t like how it works or why.

  2. I thought the movie was just one big fight scene with alot of things blowing up, breaking, etc. That is what it looks like from the previews at least. Most men don’t go for that deeper meaning stuff.

  3. So you don’t even have to be white, to have white privilege?
    Does that mean that white privilege means whoever is the ruling oppressive class? Because if so, that’s a pretty racist term.

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