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Twitter’s racist goon squad loses its collective mind when black actress is cast as Harry Potter’s Hermione

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The new cast for the stage production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the eighth installment (a play) in the “Harry Potter” series, has been chosen and there’s one casting choice that is freaking people out. The character of Hermione will be played by Lawrence Olivier award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni who is black.

In the previous Harry Potter films, Hermione, played by Emma Watson, was obviously white, but writer J.K. Rowling was fairly vague when it comes to the race of the character in the books. The closest she comes is in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when she wrote, “They were there, both of them, sitting outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor — Ron looking incredibly freckly, Hermione very brown, both waving frantically at him.”

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Many girls of color read Hermione to be black due to the descriptions of her hair as well. Color doesn’t change her character. Hermione is a strong, intelligent heroine that inspired a generation of young women to embrace their “bossy” side and see it more as strength and leadership. Hermione also overcame a lot of racism while at Hogwarts. The parallel is remarkable if you think about it. Due to being Muggle-born, Hermione was teased mercilessly and many refused to acknowledge her right to attend the school for wizards.

It is not surprising that racists lost their minds over the news spreading their hate tweets all over Twitter. These are just a small sample of the disgusting nonsense that flooded the internet:

https://twitter.com/RandyGiles_/status/678745033059758080

https://twitter.com/claireodonnell/status/678740687215575040

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https://twitter.com/DawsonTheCanoe/status/678731047878529024

https://twitter.com/cerijohnjones/status/678754070270750720

No… it’s racist.

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https://twitter.com/BBUKMIKE/status/678768639844204546

https://twitter.com/LadyConserv/status/678706821243211776

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https://twitter.com/ChangedThis87/status/678743277416415232

https://twitter.com/DaveKaosMonkey/status/678758969276542977

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https://twitter.com/ardit_haliti/status/678707957555687424

Wrong about the book on that one. In the end, all of us who are excited to see another powerful woman of color represented in literature can celebrate. The rest of you can just cry your white tears:

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Texas governor busted sending racist call-to-arms a day before El Paso attack: ‘take matters into our own hands’

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On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) tweeted out a message of unity and promised to work to reduce violence in his state, in the wake of the shooting in El Paso that left 22 dead and dozens more injured:

Today we had hearings responding to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

We focused on community healing, combating domestic terrorism, reducing hateful ideologies, & keeping guns out of hands of deranged killers while respecting 2nd Amendment rights.

We’ll keep TX safe.#txlege pic.twitter.com/ymct4aiSgK

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It is currently unclear why they are calling for his resignation.

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