A high wall rose in front of them, set with a pair of enormous gates. The gates were
carved with the swirling, angular patterns of runes, and though Simon couldn’t read them as Clary could, there was something dazzling in their complexity and the sense of power that emanated from them. The gates were guarded by stone angel statues on either side their faces erce and beautiful. Each held a carved sword in its hand, and a writhing creature—a mixture of rat, bat, and lizard, with nasty pointed teeth—lay dying at its feet. Simon stood looking at them for a long moment. Demons, he gured—but they could just as easily be vampires. […]
Malachi turned his gaze on Simon. “You will speak when you are spoken to,
Downworlder, not before.” […]
“Now, Consul, really!” The voice carrying through the courtyard was high, a little
breathless, and Simon saw with some surprise that it belonged to a man—a small, round
man hurrying along the path toward them. He was wearing a loose gray cloak over his
Shadowhunter gear, and his bald head glistened in the witchlight. “There’s no need to alarm our guest.”
“Guest?” Malachi looked outraged. […]
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 4: Daylighter
So if you guys don’t know, Malachi is actually a big fucking deal in The Clave. He’s basically a senior advisor to The Clave. And actually, he is the second representative of The Clave that we have encountered in this book. And just like the previous Inquisitor, Malachi is racist as fuck. Seriously, if he wasn’t a Shadowhunter I would think he would be wearing a white hood right now.
However, it’s time to really talk about the Clave’s racism. It’s one thing when people who don’t have power are racists, but its a whole another enchilada when these people have the power of the government behind them. For further examples, see Nazi Germany and more currently The Trump Administration, and go ahead a head call Godwin’s Law. Godwin himself said in 2015 and I quote: “If you’re thoughtful about it and show some real awareness of history, go ahead and refer to Hitler when you talk about Trump. Or any other politician.”
So yeah, all of your arguments are invalid.
Anyway, representatives of The Clave have show clear prejudice and xenophobia towards any race not their own. And if the accords, the subsequent oppression of The Downwworlders (you will see a first-hand example this later on in this chapter) then it’s both terrifying and disgusting.
From what I have seen, The Accords is basically worthless, because from what I see Shadowhunters can and will do whatever they want to Downworlders with little consequence; and the Downworlders have no choice but to take it. Again, how are the Shadowhunters or The Clave better than us?
You know what in America, black people are getting shot and/or arrested for just being black in a normal space. And at least, we have the power to fucking march, to demand our authority figures for change, and to work for that change. Honestly, I see no avenue for the Downworlders to do the same. They either shut up and deal with the status quo or risk being murdered or tortured.
Look how Malachi treated Simon, he is truly innocent in this situation, and the moment Simon speaks up he has to “Shut and Speak Unless Spoken Too.” Again, does he have to say, “Yes, Masta” too? Again, you can’t at this point convince me that the Shadowhunters and The Downworlders were a clear allegory for racism. And instead of writing from the standpoint that Shadowhunters are wrong to treat Downworlders and Mundanes the way they do we get a “White is Right” message instead.
Again, this book is supposed to lauded for all it’s diversty and it’s progressive stands on social issues. However, once you dig beneath the surface you don’t have to look far to see all the problematic shit that wrong with this book. And as I said in my earlier posts, this book could have a fanastic book about social justice, and the process of young people gradually feeling empowered enough to rise up against the government ala “Hunger Games, or I would say even “Maze Runner.”
However, Clare’s own racist and narrow-minded point of view are litearlly tainting the message she was probably trying to get across.