When the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was released many people noted that it featured what appeared to be a black Stormtrooper. Some hard-core Star Wars fans were dismayed by this and liberal websites and angry black people all over the place took this to be a blatant sign of racism. It’s all about inclusion. Why can’t there be a black James Bond or a black Stormtrooper? What these knee-jerk lefties don’t understand is that this criticism had nothing to do with race and everything to do with nerdy fandom.
And because I’m kind of a Star Wars nerd, this is the explanation:
In Episode II – Attack of the Clones the Republic and the Jedis kind of accidentally commissioned a clone army to fight the Separatists. This army was cloned from Jango Fett, a guy that was most definitely not black. As Chancellor Palpatine revealed his dark side and became the Emperor, wrestling control of the Republic away from the good guys, he took that clone army with him to help form the Empire.
The Stormtoopers of the original Star Wars trilogy are presumably the clone army of the prequel trilogy. What that means is that all Stormtroopers are clones of Jango Fett and are definitely not black. At least that’s the way it seems.
So when The Force Awakens trailer came out showing a black Stormtrooper, naturally fans were going to react. It doesn’t make sense in the Star Wars universe. They would have reacted the same way if the Stormtrooper was Asian, Gungan, or a Wookie. Stormtroopers are clones and clones are Fetts and Jango Fett wasn’t black. Had Jango Fett’s character been black, there would have been an equal reaction from Star Wars fans for a white Stormtrooper. There is nothing racist about this at all.
As for the Star Wars fans apprehensive about this seeming continuity error, I can assure them they have nothing to worry about. I saw The Force Awakens last night and it was nothing short of amazing. I don’t want to spoil anything here, but there is a perfectly logical and believable reason why there is a black Stormtrooper. Heck, there’s even a female Stormtrooper. Hooray for diversity!
On top of that, the black Stormtrooper, known in the film as Fin, is a fantastic character. Actor John Boyega does a wonderful job with this role. He’s funny and heroic and will surely become a fan favorite. He’s no Jar Jar Binks, that’s for sure.
Just to qualify myself (or embarrass myself) as a Star Wars fan, I’ve seen all 7 films on opening day. As a little kid I saw the original Star Wars in the theater 25 times. I still have all of my Star Wars toys from the 70’s and 80’s, though I don’t play with them as much as I used to. On various Halloweens I have been Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and a Stormtrooper. Always the dark side for me. I’m a grown-ass man with a very expensive Light Saber replica, for crying out loud. I admit it; I’m a dork.
So there you have it: there are no racist reasons behind the mild concern of Star Wars fans over the black Stormtrooper. It’s just nerds being nerds. Sorry liberals but you’ll have to find your outrage someplace else. This is not the racism you are looking for.