This book series is just so full of racism allegories, and it doesn’t even have the decency to be on the side of the oppressed people. Again, Clare is supposed to be such an ally right? Normally, I would have just rolled my eyes at this bit of bigotry on Alec’s part, and Jace’s part later on. However, what made this passage catch my attention is how very casual Alec is about all of it.
I don’t think that this was conscious bigotry on Alec’s part. No, this is just the way he usually thinks. I think that is what makes this so frustrating to me. The Lightwoods and Jace never seem to rethink their own prejudice and intolerance; even after Simon, who in their minds is the powerless mundane, saved all their asses from the Greater Demon back in City of Bones.
Beyond the obvious bigotry, I think this was another wasted opportunity on Clare’s part. Clare could have shown some natural character growth for both Jace and the junior Lightwoods. They could have legitimately learned from their own experiences, and overcome even a small part of their prejudice. But, like her own characters, Clare never seems to be able to learn or evolve; thus she continues stagnating the development of her own characters.