You cannot be racist to white people
just like you can’t fire your boss
because you don’t have that power
See, this is a great analogy because an employee can say the same words to their boss and it would have a completely different effect as their boss saying those words to them. A boss tells the employee: “You’re fired.” and what happens? The employee is fired. An employee tells the boss: “You’re fired.” and what happens? The employee will either not be taken seriously and laughed at, or more likely, will be reprimanded for overstepping their role and punished or fired. Such is how PoC are treated in relation to white people. Whites saying discriminatory statements about or to people of color has real world effects; they are taken seriously, they are believed, and those statements effect the treatment of people of color. But PoC saying those same exact statements to white people are either laughed at or, more likely, considered to be overstepping their bounds and are punished, because they lack the backing of a kyriarchal power structure that reinforces racial supremacy.
Emma humiliating Mrs Bates through the jams is a stroke of genius that gets better and better the more I think about it.
Not only is Mrs Bates following Emma’s advice and trying to get ahead in the world by being more assertive, not only is this a very personal product for her that she puts her heart and soul into, but it is also a possible extra source of income for her. Emma mocked the very thing that may have gotten Mrs Bates out of poverty, a way that she herself had come up with and worked on, a means to climb back up the social ladder.
It ties in beautifully with the book where Knightley shouts at Emma that Mrs Bates is poor. Emma had the upper hand in this situation, she was in a position of power over Mrs Bates at the party, and instead of helping her friend she effectively knocked her back down.
Even though this is a modern-day setting, they still managed to combine Emma’s personal insult with issues of class and power and privilege, not an easy thing to do.
Everyone’s acting was on point this episode
but Joanna Sotomura just became my favourite Emma, I mean that was impressive like I SALUTE YOU
"this is so great" i whisper as my favorite characters’ world falls apart