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Okay, so, my girl has put this far more eloquently than I can, but she’s basically right on the money here.
I know retcons can be terrible, but when they’re not wiping away established canon but rather developing what’s already there, they can be great, and you know what? Dick’s retcon was THRILLING for me. Being a biologically half-Roma American is hard. It’s complicated and confusing and it’s really difficult to understand what my heritage MEANS when it’s so misunderstood in this part of the world. Most people I meet don’t even know Roma is an ethnicity. All are familiar with “gypsies,” but in a dim, nebulous, fed-on-Disney-movies kind of way - they’re those funny nomads with the bright skirts and bells and they steal stuff, right? No. Not so much. Adapting to negative stereotypes when people don’t understand they’re USING a stereotype is a complicated process, and anything that can call attention to my heritage is a cause for backflips.
Literally, in Dick’s case.
idk, it just makes me really happy to see some representation, even if that’s not what the creators were thinking about. It makes me really, really happy to think that Dick Grayson is just like me, and that he faces the same cultural barriers and challenges I do as a Roma-American, and he understands how hard it is to meld those identities.
Plus it’s nice to see my people portrayed in a positive light for once, especially as it doesn’t suddenly change Dick’s character - he’s still an American first and foremost. He just happens to be Roma, too. That’s the way it works for people like us. idk, my two cents.
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