so apparently some racist asshole is spamming the #pocecil tag with pictures of white fucking cecil because they think white cecil is better and “more canon” and that because there’s more white cecils, they “win”. real classy. so have some pocecils k
the pocecil tag and its variants are supposed to be safe places for people who want to see cecils who aren’t white and those people are mostly poc themselves like me. this isn’t the first time assholes have deliberately spammed the tag; not too long ago, these fuckers were straight up comparing people of color to dogs and other ANIMALS. because even when they’re trying to be “funny”, it’s clear they think poc are less that human
as for their argument about how cecil MUST BE WHITE because his name sounds white WELL KIDDO white names have been forced on poc by fucking colonialists for centuries. poc have to change their names just for their own fucking safety to something “less foreign” so they won’t be turned away from jobs or made fun of or killed. hilarious. if you’re going be all obnoxious faux linguistic historian about it, why don’t you talk about forced assimilation? not to mention you’re just blatantly ignoring the existence of mixed race poc who could very realistically have names like cecil gershwin palmer i mean for god’s sake
See, Rowling largely operates Harry’s generation in a clear system of parallels to the previous generation, Marauders and all. Harry is his father—Quidditch star, a little pig-headed sometimes, an excellent leader. Ron is Sirius Black—snarky and fun, loyal to a fault, mired in self-doubts. Hermione is Remus Lupin—book smart and meticulous, always level-headed, unfailingly perceptive. Ginny is Lily Evans—a firecracker, clever and kind, unwilling to take excuses. Draco Malfoy is Severus Snape—a natural foil to Harry, pretentious, possessed of the frailest ego and also deeper sense of right and wrong when it counts. And guess what? Neville Longbottom is Peter Pettigrew.
Neville is a perfect example of how one single ingredient in the recipe can either ruin your casserole (or stew, or treacle tart, whatever you like), or utterly perfect your whole dish. Neville is the tide-turner, the shiny hinge. And all because he happens to be in the same position as Wormtail… but makes all the hard choices that Pettigrew refused the first time around. Other characters are in similar positions, but none of them go so far as Neville. None of them prove that the shaping of destiny is all on the individual the way he does.
What’s hidden in the case? Some special guests are about to find out this morning as Deputy Archivist Debra Wall and journalist Cokie Roberts reveal the document that the public voted to appear first in our new permanent exhibit “Records of Rights.”
Follow along on Twitter #RecordsOfRights for a real-time reveal, and we’ll be posting the winning document here later!