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No Racism in Ba Sing Se

The beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender has made its return to Netflix, and it’s time for a deep dive. This episode, we’re focusing on the Ba Sing Se story arc and its incredible resonance with the world we live in. Why is denial so appealing, and what drives people to close their eyes to the problems around them? How do you reach someone who believes any contradicting information is a lie? And most importantly, how does this storyline mirror the issues we face today, especially in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death?

Join us as we explore the themes of ignorance, acknowledgment, and the quest for truth in a city where there is “no racism,” just like there is “no war in Ba Sing Se.”

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.