Okay so I couldn’t figure out why that massive post about Salazar Slytherin, naming him a cautious hero, didn’t sit right with me until now.
This defense of Slytherin, stating he didn’t want to accept students of muggle parentage because he was ‘cautious’ of them is a bit misguided and I’ll tell you why.
If you apply that logic anywhere else it makes you a bigoted asshole.
These were children that *needed* an education, and muggleborns especially needed a place where they wouldn’t be forced to repress their magical nature.
Remember Fantastic Beasts? Remember how Creedence repressed his magic because of his muggle mother? He turned into an Obscurial. His magic literally ripped him apart, and it wouldn’t have happened if he had the proper tools at his disposal. And if I remember correctly, Obscurials were widely common during Slytherins time.
So for this man to know that magical children were literally ripping themselves apart because they were so repressed, and then still make the conscious decision to deny them an education, what kind of person does that make him?
On top of that, when has that logic ever made sense? When has the refusal to educate ever lead to progress or enlightenment?
It doesn’t because it’s a baseless accusation. It is entirely dependent on the false assumption that everyone from a specific minority is exactly the same; the exact prejudiced mentality that has halted civilizations for centuries.
These are a few examples of how this logic would work in today’s society:
Ex 1. I don’t want my children going to school with children of criminals because they are likely to be criminals as well.
Ex 2. I don’t want to teach students of Muslim heritage because a few select terrorists happen to be Muslim.
Ex 3. I don’t want to teach students of undocumented immigrants because it’s taking spots from ‘real’ citizens
*This* kind of mentality is close minded, bigoted, and perpetuates hate. *This* is what lead to the Wizarding Wars. It made it okay for people to justify their discrimination against muggleborns, because in their mind, muggles are dangerous so it’s okay to discriminate against their children.
If a child is being discriminated against for things they cannot control, you wouldn’t call the person discriminating ‘cautious’, you would call them racist.
I am not saying that Salazar Slytherin shouldnt be sympathetic. You should be able to see the logic behind the ‘villian’s’ backstory. You should be able to understand *why* he believes he is right… but you should also recognize that he is wrong. That while he had a real reason to be cautious, he let his fear turn into tunnel vision and refused to do what was right. He became bitter, prejudice, and hateful.
So hateful that blood purists used his ideas as a platform for genocide.
When we take a step back and apply this mentality to a real world situation, we should recognize this is not a man that should be lifted up, he should be learned from.