In Which I Talk About Black Hermione

There’s a play in the works about Harry Potter & Co. as adults, and we’ve recently seen the casting for the main roles:

Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will lead the cast as Harry, Hermione and Ron when Cursed Child opens in London’s west end next summer.

J.K. Rowling told Pottermore: ‘I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer.’

No one seems to have anything to say about Jamie Parker or Paul Thornley (actually there’s a little bit of chatter regarding Thornley as Ron Weasley, but I won’t deal with that here), but there’s been a predictably high volume of opinion-sharing about Noma Dumezweni playing Hermione.

I say “predictably high volume” because Ms. Dumezweni is a black lady from Swaziland, and there are a lot of people who think Hermione Granger should not be cast with a black actress. JKR disagrees. JKR seems to think it’s totally fine for Ms. Dumezweni to play Hermione.

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“But why didn’t she just—?” NOPE

Regarding the police assault on the girl at Spring Valley High:

As someone who remembers being a high school kid at one time, who remembers seeing how some of her teachers treated some of her classmates, and who was a teacher to high school kids at another time, I assure you that if a girl who looked like 16-year-old me had been acting the way that girl was acting, there is no fucking way that police officer would have been summoned to that room, and no way would it have occurred to anyone to slam her to the ground. NOOOOOOPE. Nope nope holy fuck all the nope I can’t even.

#BlackLivesMatter more than white folks’ fear of not being the center of attention.

Ah, this. Look at this. Why does anyone think this shit is okay? This ridiculous nonsense happened in Ottawa:

According to, a #BlackLivesMatter mural was created by the rights group BlakCollectiv for TechWall, an area designated for graffiti and street art. It was completed by a group of 40 people including artists Allan André and Kalkidan Assefa on the morning of July 22.

The fact that the TechWall mural read #BlackLivesMatter reportedly angered white graffiti artists, who converged on the area and within hours had defaced the mural. By the end of the day, it had been completely painted over and replaced by the phrase “Wu-Tang is for the children,” a reference to 90s hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan.

In response, André and Assefa painted the Sandra Bland mural, which was defaced on Monday night.

They defaced the Sandra Bland mural with the words “All Lives Matter.”

See my photo up top? See that woman pictured on this blog? I’m white. I’m unambiguously, glow-in-the-dark, WASP-bred paleness. If you look directly at my bare legs on a sunny day, you might suffer retinal damage. I am a Pumpkin Spice Latte topped with kale-infused quinoa foam. I once typed out a status having to do with walking out to Union Station because I was feeling adventurous after Sunday brunch, and I ACTUALLY POSTED THAT SHIT ON FACEBOOK. Okay? Just in case anyone’s wondering what from what angle I’m approaching the discourse on race.

And I KNOW my life matters. I know it because nobody in a position of any power ever manages to do anything to imply that I need to audition for the right not to be killed. You say we all bleed red when we’re cut, but nobody in the #BlackLivesMatter movement is disputing that! Of course we all bleed red! But whose blood is running in the streets? We’re seeing entirely too much blood spilled from black bodies for no good reason. That’s why the motto is #BlackLivesMatter. “All lives” are not being cut down at comparable rates. Whining about “all lives” makes about as much sense as asking why no one ever remarks about the fact that we’re breathing air.

A Gentle Reminder of Who is Getting Hurt

And the moment we see large groups of black people running outside to break shit, at even a small fraction of the rate of attacks on black churches and their preachers and congregants, then suddenly the media is going to be very interested in wringing its hands over the damage done to property.

God remains at large and un-indicted.

I encourage you all to read Sikivu Hutchinson’s piece about the terrorist attack at Emmanuel AMEC:

While black folk are the most religiously devout group in the nation, “God”, it seems, has never had to answer, nor be called to account nor be indicted for black suffering.


Due to economic apartheid, wealth inequality and residential segregation, activist black churches are still pivotal in many communities. Yet, as an atheist I can value their role while believing that it was not–as Christians rationalize–the Charleston victims’ “time”, nor a perverse example of “God’s will” that they were slaughtered. I can value the profound fellowship that the Emanuel family displayed in welcoming the murderer into their bible study yet believe that a just god would not have allowed this parasite in their church home to begin with.


No moral god would demand forgiveness for a crime for which there has never–since the first African was stolen, chained, exploited and “imported”–been any reparations.

I can understand if offering forgiveness to the terrorist makes his victims’ families feel better. I can also understand why the idea of Hell is so appealing when we look at someone like him.

He chose Charleston for a reason.

Ashley Miller has done us all a tremendous solid and read Racistfuck McBowlcut’s (thank you, Niki) manifesto so we don’t have to. Just in case there was any doubt, now we have it in his own words: he did what he did because he hates black people and he wanted to trigger more violence.

I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.

Also of especial interest to McBowlcut was the Trayvon Martin case and the attention it got in the media. Basically, he saw everyone talking about this murder of a black kid (and he absolutely thought Zimmerman was in the right), rather than talking about black-on-white homicides, and it eventually led to him planning a mass-murder of black churchgoers.

He reminds me a lot of Elliot Rodger, who also gave us his reasons in his own words, and yet the media was full of people who were determined to believe his shooting spree wasn’t about misogyny, but about mental illness. The talking heads are going to keep on twisting themselves into knots to convince themselves McBowlcut was a deranged kid who snapped, and that what he had to say about his own crime tells us nothing about his motivations.

He did what he did because he was an invested white supremacist, and he didn’t get those ideas into his head all by himself. He’s far from alone in thinking the way he does, and not alone in acting the way he’s done.

What excuses will they make for the Charleston shooter?

There has been a mass shooting at an AME church in Charleston, SC. Six black women and three black men were shot dead by a young white man who had been attending their prayer service for the past hour.

Even after years of being openly atheist and running with the outspoken atheist crowd, I can’t help but think there’s something especially disgusting about shooting people in church. I respect the idea of church as a sanctuary. People should have a reasonable expectation of safety in church.

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The Erasure of Renisha McBride

The Erasure of Renisha McBride

This 19-year-old black woman had a dead cell phone after a car accident in Dearborn Heights, MI. She knocked on a nearby door to ask for help. The homeowner shot her in the back of the head.

  1. The black community should be as outraged for #RenishaMcBride as they were for #TrayvonMartin
  2. @Brandale2221: Wait… The guy who shot #RenishaMcBride was not even taken into custody? …. * throws stuff*” … *throws another lamp*
  3. The murder of #RenishaMcBride is bigger than the PoS who shot her. It’s about the people who’ll make excuses and call it “self-defense.”
  4. To some my mere existence is a justifiable cause for my extermination. I am #RenishaMcBride
  5. What would happen to a black home owner that kills a white teen girl that was there seeking help?#RenishaMcBride

  6. These stories of young black men & women being shot and their killers walking free is too much! RIP #RenishaMcBride and #JonathanFerrell
  7. Black Women deserve justice as well and to be treated and seen as a damn human being #RenishaMcBride
  8. What are we going to do about this, white people? It’s past time. We owe Black people better than this fixing it’s on us. #RenishaMcBride
  9. White people: Please ask Wayne Co prosecutor why the man who shot #RenishaMcBride 4 days ago is not being identified.
  10. U don’t have the opportunity 2 show the “content of your character” if you’re murdered 4 simply existing as you were born. #RenishaMcBride
  11. #RenishaMcBride was not murdered in detroit. she was murdered in dearborn heights, a bedroom community that’s 86% white (per 2010 census)
  12. This #RenishaMcBride thing is totally reminding me of my friend Karl, killed by a white man while asking for help. He was shot in the head.
  13. This country has some fucked up priorities when it comes to gun laws. RIP #RenishaMcBride #fb
  14. Discussing the horrific & depraved murder of #RenishaMcBride or rapid release of her murderer isnt pleasant, but I can’t afford pleasantries
  15. PSA: Do not read the comments on any #RenishaMcBride stories. DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
  16. So they’re killing black people for just knocking on doors now #RenishaMcBride smh
  17. anyone thinking dude shot #RenishaMcBride bc he misunderstood her asking for help? come, there’s a bridge i’d like to sell you.
  18. So, she was leaving the porch and he still shot her? #RenishaMcBride
  19. Why are people (media, police, etc.) treating the #RenishaMcBride shooting as anything other than 2nd degree murder?
  20. LET IT BE KNOWN, just how segregated the detroit area is. #RENISHAMCBRIDE WAS NOT KILLED IN DETROIT. she was killed in suburb, dearborn hts
  21. sadly, another car accident victim killed when seeking ‘good samaritan’ assistance #RenishaMcBride #JonathanFerrell
  22. Can we also talk about white people who believe that their property is worth more than a human life? #RenishaMcBride
  23. Michigan like the great State of Floriduh has “Stand Your Ground”#RenishaMcBride

  24. Driving while black. Shopping while black. Walking while black. Seeking help when injured…AND BLACK. #postracial #RenishaMcBride
  25. These stories of young black men & women being shot and their killers walking free is too much! RIP #RenishaMcBride and #JonathanFerrell
  26. Erasure: black people getting shot for no reason, white killers getting away with it. #RenishaMcBride
  27. This isn’t the first story I’ve seen this year of a black person asking for help and getting shot & killed 4 their trouble. #RenishaMcBride
  28. The message I’m starting to get from America is “you can’t be black, knock on a white person’s door for help &not die”….#RenishaMcBride
  29. IF she was a white girl, she would have been offered a phone call and something to eat. Let’s call it like it is. #RenishaMcBride
  30. I knocked on a neighbor’s door after I escaped an assault. They helped me. Why couldn’t #RenishaMcBride ask for help after car accident?

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