‘Star Wars’ Fans Jokingly Call the First Order ‘Socially Progressive’

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From an earthly standpoint, it seemed like the First Order really had turned progressive in creating more diversity hires. When looking at Finn as a Stormtrooper, it appears the First Order was doing a better job on bring black people into the fray than the Resistance was.

On the other hand, they never really explained what race really means in that universe. Was a black man really like an African-American, or something different in the Star Wars realms?

There was a clear distinction between men and women, however. The First Order was obviously having no aversions to hiring women in a few top positions. Captain Phasma is just one example there.

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Analyzing the Star Wars universe can eventually turn up some interesting parallels to our real world. Even so, a lot of intriguing mystery still exists in how things differ in their universe from ours. One of those is in how each warring side views racial relations, and if they consider themselves truly progressive socially.

Fans recently took to social media to bring up a neglected question: Was the First Order in the new Star Wars trilogy really socially progressive? Reason being is they seemed to hire a few minorities, if even finally hiring women.

As usual, this created a debate in the fan community, if a friendly one. Appearances in the First Order were also likely deceiving.

Was the First Order really hiring minorities?

Mark Hamill | Rich Fury/Getty Images

From an earthly standpoint, it seemed like the First Order really had turned progressive in creating more diversity hires. When looking at Finn as a Stormtrooper, it appears the First Order was doing a better job on bring black people into the fray than the Resistance was.

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On the other hand, they never really explained what race really means in that universe. Was a black man really like an African-American, or something different in the Star Wars realms?

There was a clear distinction between men and women, however. The First Order was obviously having no aversions to hiring women in a few top positions. Captain Phasma is just one example there.

Over on Reddit, someone started a thread about this very subject, and intended as a joke. The conversation turned a little more thoughtful since it was a question seldom asked.

Some other progressive things the First Order was doing

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In the above thread, it was also noted the First Order was using other progressive tools that one might usually equate to far-left politics on earth. For instance, they were using a form of solar technology on their new Starkiller Base, something never seen before in the prior films.

Even the Resistance hardly ever dealt with these things, or at least what was seen on-screen. Is this a sign the First Order was not quite as bad as it seemed?

Based on the above Reddit discussion, it was clear most fans understood this as just writers trying to bring a bit of the real world into the

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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