What ‘Star Wars’ gets wrong about blacks and women

December 23, 2015 10:19 PM

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I don’t dress in costume to see sci-fi films. I don’t take a lightsaber to the theater, and I never wait overnight in line (it’s often cold and never cute). Still, in many ways, I’m just like the legions of “Star Wars” fans, and I couldn’t wait for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

I’ve seen all six prior movies in the franchise and read all the books. As a young girl watching the first trilogy, I realize, I was responding to the underlying spirituality — questions of loyalty, temptation, self-mastery and sacrifice. And even when problems surfaced — Princess Leia deep-kissed L...

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