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Harry Potter—A "Story of Race and Inheritance?"
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July 26, 2007, 11:14 PM
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A Story of Race and Inheritance? Dana Goldstein at the American Prospect is irked that the Harry Potter books (not to mention Lord of the Rings) are full of sexism, racism, and hereditism:
Harry Potter and the Complicated Identity Politics

J.K. Rowling subtly critiques, yet ultimately hews to, a fantasy script dependent on stereotypes culled from real-life racism.

Gosh, I`m so astonished that the most popular children`s literary work of our time reflects deep human archetypes about sex, family, and inheritance. I can`t imagine why feminist ideology hasn`t been able to produce anything remotely as appealing to kids. It must be society`s fault. If only feminists and multiculturalists were given more control over the education system, children`s interests could be social-engineered into perfection!

(My old essay "KidTV: A Guide for the Perplexed" explains why the things children like are so politically incorrect.)