A while ago I did a thread about the mysticism in Star Wars. . .
Since I'm a sucker for those movies , here is another observation . . .
To repeat myself , everybody can see I'm a Star Wars fan by by avatar , not because I subscribe to the 'dark side' but merely because I liked Ian McDiarmid's acting talent as the emperor . .
But . .is it just me or are these movies at the core "racist" , at least could be interpreted in a "racist" way ?
First of all , the concept about a universal force having both a 'light' and a 'dark' side . . .
Already that could be interpreted as the old way of thinking that everything which is light is 'good' and that everything which is dark is 'bad' . .
Also , look at the 'good guys'. . .
Anakin before he became Vader . . blonde haired and some kind of light-figure . .
Luke - light-haired hero . . .
Another Jedi ( not featured in the movies . .)
Jedi mistress Atris . . an almost angelic looking light-haired female. .
Now , look at some bad guys . .
Darth Maul . .
Completely dark appearance , swarthy and face paint reminiscent of African tribal paint . .
Darth Nihilus . . .
Again , completely in black , even with a mask reminiscent of African tribal masks. . .
Female Sith apprentice . .
Swarthy and body paint reminiscent of . .
Did this saga play hard on 'racist stereotypes' ?
Also , look at the 'life philosophies' of the Jedi / Sith . . .
The Jedi are told to live a 'civilised' life while the Sith , more often than not , act savage . .
'Savage' in a way that they are lead by their basic instincts. .
'Racist' undertones ?
The whole concept of 'light < - > dark' thinking is central to Star Wars . .
Also , look at the plot. .
The Jedi ( 'light-side users' ) are the guardians of the Republic . .
The Republic is threatened by a 'dark force' . .
Well , inside the USA the Ku Klux Klan also proclaims to be there to 'protect the Christian republic' . .
They feel threatened by 'darkies ' . .
I don't know if any of you have heard of this but there are rumours that George Lucas' father was a member of the KKK . .
What do you think ?
Could the story be 'racially motivated' ?
By the way, I admit that the 'newer' films were politically correct . .
. . but could the story , at the core , be meant "racistly" ?