For example, I whitewash Angelina (though I’ve always thought she has very dark hair and strong lines). It’s not because her skin color would bother me, but because that’s the way I imagined them as I read them the first time. By the time I was 7 or 8, I quess, so I didn’t pay too much attention to all the details. That’s why Tiana Benjamin isn’t my Angelina.
Eyes: I’m trying to have a calm mind right now but its difficult. I can say that I’m not very surprise because Angelina is the most hate female character, next to Cho Chang in the Harry Potter series. Her mixed children that she had with George Weasley, are constantly whitewashed or the RP uses another ethnic actor/actress/singer to portray them. Everything so they don’t look like their mixed with black.
“By the time I was 7 or 8, I quess, so I didn’t pay too much attention to all the details.”
When someone saids when they were younger they imagined Angelina Johnson, white because there was not much of a description of her in the first books until the fourth book….I can let it slightly go when someone says that because they were young. (Not for the characters who were obviously ethnic though such as Cho Chang and the Patil twins)
However what I can’t let go is when in the books (Book 4 to be exact) they gave her a description. As soon as that happen this person should have changed their entire thought process. This is the same way people should have done it with Blaise Zabini, when he was described in book 6, I believe.
As they go older they should have understood that not everyone is white, especially people in the U.K who have a multiethnic society (Note: this doesn’t mean that UK is racism free), and that the default race isn’t white. They should have gotten it out of their heads then.
However this is not what this person did, they continued to whitewash Angelina, and I have a feeling a few others, ignoring JK Rowling’s work. I honestly do believe that this person hates Angelina for her skin color. Why else would someone whitewash? Especially a person knowing that the character is black.
When someone whitewashes, they are basically saying “Look your skin color is ugly, so I’m going to make you white because that’s pretty and that’s what makes me comfortable.” (Well to me that’s why it says)
To address the picture. ALL WHITEWASHING IS RACIST! IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT YOU THOUGHT WHEN YOU WERE A KID!
See? This is cognitive dissonance. Person imagines someone as white like themselves. Finds out they are black. Can’t cope with the shaking of their worldview. Refuse to acknowledge he black character’s presence.
Short Fic I wrote for FF.Net
“You’re a Weasley?”
Roxanne and Fred never quite understood that question. Of course they were Weasley’s there was just something different about them.
Thick lips, wild kinky hair, brown skin.
“Oh Merlin, that’s Fred Weasley II? Well he doesn’t look like his uncle.”
Angelina tried to help them understand; she told them that they were Weasley’s no matter what anyone said. She told them they were beautiful.
The day Roxanne wanted to straighten her hair so that she would look like everyone else broke Angelina’s heart. The day Freddie wanted to cut all of his hair off so that he could blend in with his cousins was Angelina’s breaking point
Who told them that their differences made them…ugly?
Hogwarts seemed to only make things worse. “You two are Weasley’s?”
Fred and Roxanne tried to identify with Kamal and Daya Thomas.
They were different, they were biracial. But Kamal and Daya weren’t Weasley’s. Kamal and Daya didn’t have to have straight red hair and pale skin to be members of their family.
Of course the Weasley clan accepted Roxanne and Fred. They loved the brother and sister to death, but they didn’t realize that sometimes they tried too hard to make them fit in.
“I wish my hair was curly like yours Freddie. Everyone has my hair. It’s so dull and straight.”
“I hate how pale I am, wish I had that natural tan you have.”
“Roxanne, those curves…I wish I had those in my day.”
They didn’t understand that Roxanne and Fred wanted to be like everyone else.
Angelina hated it. She wanted them to see that it was okay to be different.
“You’re beautiful,” Angelina whispered, “From your brown skin to your kinky hair. Your lips, your nose, your eyes, your ears. The curves on your body and the soft baritone of your voice, all of those things make you strong. Both of you are beautiful and just because you don’t look like your cousins doesn’t mean you’re not apart of the family. It means you’re different, and different is good.”
*hugs this fic*
I want to love this fic, but I don’t. Not because of the writing, but because of the implication that there’s only value to be found in being a Weasley & not in being a Johnson. One of the things that bugs me about the Golden Trio narrative in the books is the implication that it is only the sacrifices made by Harry, Hermione, & Ron (and by extension Ron’s family) that matter. Everyone that fought was a hero, whether they wound up with a famous last name or not.
[image: Fred Weasley Jr looking self-conscious and teenagery while his enthused dad George Weasley smirks mischievously and points proudly at his son.]
“No mate, he’s my son.”
Felt I had to remedy this—
fallenrowanberries: #Still no black Fred with George in the same shot though I really want that
G, why are you so great *__*
I love you for this. FRED WEASLEY II AND ROXANNE WEASLEY HAVE AFRICAN ANCESTRY. #DEALWITHIT
Srsly tho we all know Roxanne Weasley was a cute little brown girl with freckles and an afro puff and a slightly pointy nose and was all mischievous and shit
We all know this, right? Okay, good. So we’re all on the same page.
I’m still trying to figure out why it is so terrible for fandom to discover that the Weasley’s have a thing for black people. I know they race switched Lavender at the last minute, but it was pretty clear in the books that George liked Angelina, Ginny liked Dean, & Ron liked Lavender for at least a little while. Despite how the ending was written, most people don’t meet their future spouse at 11.