Half Bad by Sally Green is set in a modern day world in which witches live secretly alongside human beings (known as fains). In this world you are born either a White witch (who are perceived as good) or a Black witch (who are bad, of course), or in the main character’s case, you are both. Black witches are hunted down and killed by law, so you can imagine that Nathan’s life is heavily regulated. He’s beaten, kept in a cage, and mistreated all around. For me this book showcased the heavy prejudices that society can develop across any spectrum. Being a white or black witch shouldn’t mean you’re automatically good or bad, it should be about your innate character. In fact, many of the White witches showcased were anything but good. The lengths they went to to abuse Nathan were appalling. But they were backed by their excuse that what they did was for the greater good. But I wonder how the Black witches would behave if they were treated with human decency and allowed to live and thrive. I don’t blame them for all they have to do to just survive. I’d always be on the defensive too if I were them. Ms. Green’s book read like an allegory for real life prejudice in our world today and in the past. Speaking specificaly about racism, it’s always something: The mass murdering of Native American people, the Holocaust, and the treatment of Muslim people today are just a few things that ring a bell.
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