Ugh, today in hashtag foolishness: it appears that some folks are not happy about the fact Star Wars: The Force Awakens, features lead characters who aren't white males, and have taken to voice their douchebaggery displeasure via Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII.
The Hollywood Reporter cites several accounts, including one that says "#BoycottStarWarsVII because it is anti-white propaganda promoting #whitegenocide," read one tweet from an account calling itself "End Cultural Marxism." (A subsequent tweet from the same account read "A friend in LA said #StarWarsVII is basically 'Deray in Space,' " — a reference to civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. "Jewish activist JJ Abrams is an anti-white nut.").
There's also a Twitter account with the same name as the hashtag. I suppose these fools never realized James Earl Jones was the voice of Darth Vader--but I guess that was alright since you couldn't actually see his face--and that Billy Dee Williams played Lando in The Empire Strikes Back. Or that the franchise's fan base extends far beyond, as what one malcontent tweeted, its "core audience of young white males," and there's no logical reason not to populate a fictional universe with people other than those with white skin.
If you have them, take a few minutes and read cultural critic Kirsten West Savali's The Root op-ed about why putting Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks on the $20 bill amounts to pennies when it comes to the centuries of erasure black women have faced in American life.
My thoughts on this are a bit conflicted. On the one hand I completely get Savali's point that slapping Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks on a piece of coke-dusted paper is not a magic bullet that will blow away the marginalization black woman have dealt with and continue to endure. But on the other hand, putting either of those iconic, heroic women on an official piece of U.S. currency could be daily reminder (albeit a small one) to millions of people of the strength and courage black women possess, despite living in a country that tried to strip them of their humanity.