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"Trump supporters, meanwhile, are now openly vowing to rid the US of non-whites (referred to as “MUDS”) in America entirely."  http://qz.com/833607/us-election-a-rash-of-racist-attacks-have-broken-out-in-the-us-after-donald-trumps-victory

- Muds Straight out of Harry Potter, effing NIMBY pro-WASP story about a Jesus-hero who can't mature past wondering when his slave will bring him a bloody sandwhich!  It could have been a great series, with  a great message, that made kids not just interested in reading but in being more compassionate- in growing up to fight hate instead of being blind to it.  Maybe today's news headlines would be different... maybe not... but I wouldn't be wondering.  Those "lets make a utopia wizarding world on earth" fans made me sick from the moment I heard of them.  Were they completely blind to the whitewashing, twisted morality, regurgitated homophobic symbolism, ableism, sloppy self-serving offensive misuse of living history etc etc....?   Did they see it, but not care, or did they actually see it and yet still  think that that was the way to a better future? "She didn't mean it that way" / "it was just all in good fun", is no excuse; (it may not have been intentional; writing was cheap therapy for depression and stress, but also out came  the toxicity she was raised up on (that we all are raised up on to some extent or another), and that was left on the pages, unexamined, or worse, turned into a punchline.  )

I don't care if she makes a smart twitter now and then; her stories and their symbolism are what lodged in people's minds.  Even when the details are forgotten, or the dots of the symbolism aren't consciously connected, they still fester at the back of the mind, and come out later, in words, or worse, in actions. 

Using the series (its slogans, symbols, etc) to show solidarity at this juncture is just utterly disturbing to me. It's like holding up 1984 or It Can't Happen Here or The Handmaid's Tale as a book we can symbolically unite under... except that THOSE books would make sense because they were MEANT to be dystopian warnings to guard against... Harry Potter doesn't realise that its dystopian, that it begins screwed up, and the hero's winning means that everything can go back to the same screwed up status que, just without a charasmatic leader (which is almost worse, becuase who/how do you fight that?  and before you figure it out, a new meglomaniac will likely come fill the vacuum). That inability to recognise itself as dystopian makes it, and the people that hold JKR's world up as 'harmless fun' or worse, 'an utopia to strive for', all the more disturbing and disgusting. 

I seriously don't know why the people who were banning and burning those books (and sadly, we know some) weren't using them for raising up their little army of bigots; it was practically a manual in how to do Evil, under the banner of 'being Right'/being 'christian', and getting away with it, because it is for the 'greater good', where 'greater good' is New Speak for supporting sexism, queerphobia, xenophobia, racism, etc etc. 100 points to Gryffindor for the Gallant use of a bloody Unforgivable!

image from CNN,  KKK throws a parade for Trump, who is putting white nationalists into offices.


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I think for the most part i have learned to be pretty good with anger- vent a bit about it if needed, then let it go or use the energy to do something constructive (if the energy can maintained at least, which lately it tends to go into day to day survival basics). And I never did understand some things that people seem to get angry about easily... like road rage. So someone cut me off, big deal. It doesn't cause me to get where I need to any later; I didn't get into an accident; the fate of the world didn't just change for the worse. And besides- there's a good song on the radio! Turn it up and sing along.

So why does JKR still piss me off so much? I see a billboard for the current film, and am furious for the rest of the car drive. I read a transcript from an Azkatraz presentation and as soon as the writer says that "By writing XYZ, JKR is telling us ABC" I get pissed off (had it been phrased "XYZ in the books may remind the reader of ABC" I'd not have been angry- the first feeds into the JKR is a genius and we must be told by her what to think, while the second allows for JKR to be mediocre and the fans to be the geniuses). 

Shouldn't I be over the "Welfare mother pulled herself up by her bootstraps to become richer than the queen" by now? Shouldn't I no longer feel a reaction to "JKR is a literary genius" by now? When I see a several screen long interview/discussion on my flist about "dumbledore's army", shouldn't I no longer respond with an angry "don't they realise fighting for a world like HP's is fighting for one where slavery, racism, sexism, homophobia/heterocentrism, bulling, etc etc are promoted?"

Why does this in particular get me furious, with very little if anything I can do about it, while things like being angry at the transphobia & homophobia I encountered when I went to the ER, which I could at least write a letter of complaint about, fizzle out into a lack of energy, followed by a rationalisation that "nothing would get done anyway."
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http://autismgadfly.blogspot.com/2009/05/asking-newsweek-magazine-for-equal-time.html

The "autism forced me not to work and forced me to be celibate" guy wants media that does articles on "neurodiversity" / advocacy for autistic right, to give people like him equal time in such articles, because you know, there's not enough negativity about autism in the mainstream already. The best though is in the comments- if you depend on someone else to make you a sandwich you're a burden on tax payers and you suck, unless you are Stephen Hawkings, then its OK.

Honestly, I didn't mean to go look at this assholes blog again, I was inadvertently linked through another site >:(

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