Racism in Harry Potter

bill-sarah at mindspring.com bill-sarah at mindspring.com
Tue Jul 18 21:43:17 EDT 2000

> This remiinds me of something I read once by F. Tennyson Jesse.
> She wrote a spoof on boy's adventure stories called Moonraker. Its
> years since I read it but in the introduction she said something like
> "one englishman was worth two frenchmen, four germans, eight of
> any other european and an infinite number of men of any other
> race. That just about says it all really.
>                                            Ven.

Reminds me of a poem by D.H. Lawrence:

                    The English Are So Nice

The English are so nice
So awfully nice
They are the nicest people in the world.

And what's more, they're very nice about being nice
About your being nice as well!
If you're not nice they soon make you feel it.

Americans and French and Germans and so on
They're all very well
But they're not *really* nice, you know.
They're not nice in *our* sense of the word, are they now?

That's why one doesn't have to take them seriously.
We must be nice to them, of course,
Of course, naturally.
But it doesn't really matter what you say to them,
They don't really understand
You can just say anything to them:
Be nice, you know, just nice
But you must never take them seriously, they wouldn't understand,
Just be nice, you know! oh, fairly nice,
Not too nice of course, they take advantage
But nice enough, just nice enough
To let them feel they're not quite as nice as they might be.

oh, lawrence is brilliant.  cannot reccomend sons and lovers and lady
chatterly and plumed serpent enough.


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