Dr. Seuss Would Have Supported Amon: A Comparison Between Legend of Korra and The Sneetches


Contributed by Nathan G.

Though it may seem counter-intuitive, the Nickelodeon animated show Legend of Korra and the Dr. Seuss short story The Sneetches are actually very similar tales. Though they are meant for different age levels and possess very different levels of sophistication, both stories are about the tragedies and horrors of institutionalized racism, and the way to combat it. The main point of divergence between them is that while Dr. Seuss writes about the downfall of racism, Legend of Korra celebrates its survival.

 Let us first examine The Sneetches. As the doctor tells us, Sneetches are creatures that live on beaches. They enjoy a simple life; barbecuing, playing ball, toasting marshmallows, and generally having a wonderful time. But this lovely life is not enjoyed by all Sneetches, not all! You see, some Sneetches have stars on their bellies, and some Sneetches are without. And no Star-Bellied Sneetch would ever even dream of having fun or spending any time at all with a Non-Starred Sneetch. So while the Starred Sneetches enjoy themselves day and not, those lacking chest ornaments are left out in the cold. So as it stands we have a classic case of racism in action. One group, possessing something that another group lacks, uses this advantage to persecute and de-humanize their fellows, keeping them segregated and oppressed. Because they don’t recognize them as equals, the Starred Sneetches have no need to share their good fortune with the Non-Starred Sneetches. Convenient for them perhaps, but not so good for their poor, plain-bellied neighbors.  And this tragic situation continues, until one day a mysterious man appears with a marvelous machine. His name is Sylvester McMonkey McBean, and he is the Fix-it Chap. And he has a wonderful deal for the Non-Starred Sneetches. For only a few dollars, he can add stars to those plain bellies. In a word, equalization. Though the original Starred Sneetches try and maintain their power by erasing their stars, the Newly-Starred Sneetches merely follow in a chaotic cycle, until no one can remember who was originally what. By the end of the story, all distinction between Starred and Non-Starred is completely gone and a new era of equal campfires and volleyball games begin.

Now, Legend of Korra is much more complex, and does not mirror The Sneetches exactly. However there are more than enough similarities to warrant an examination. The setting for the show is Republic City, a place where “benders and non-benders can live in peace.” Bending, it should be noted, is a special ability that a large segment of the population possesses that allows them to manipulate one of the Four Elements: fire, water, air, and earth. Now this slogan sounds great on the surface, and up to a point it’s even true. After all, there is no official discrimination against non-benders. No, this is much more subtle than the Sneetches.  Watching the show, you begin to realize something. The entire government is composed of Benders. The entire police force is composed of benders, as is the Armed Forces. The most popular form of entertainment in the city is barred to all but Benders. By and large, non-benders seem to have little say in public affairs, and their concerns are treated as less important by the show. Or to put it differently, non-benders weren’t allowed to attend barbecues or a marshmallow roasts. But a McBean is coming. Early in the series the character Amon is revealed. The mysterious leader of a group called the Equalists, his goal is simple. The eradication of Bending, and the equalization of all people in Republic City. He plans to accomplish this through the use of a most singular power that he possesses; the ability to strip someone of their bending. Of course, the establishment doesn’t stand by and let their power vanish without a fight. They quickly enact highly discriminatory laws designed to punish all non-benders, even those who are not Equalists. It should be noted that these are passed by an 80% margin, with less than a minute of debate. Over the following half-dozen episodes or so, the main characters struggle with the Equalists and become embroiled in numerous subplots too complicated to be related here. But finally, in the series climax the Equalists seize power in a bloodless coup and prepare to implement their agenda. But it is here that the series changes direction. Unlike Dr. Seuss, the creators of Legend of Korra do not have the courage to advocate the overthrow of the established order. No, instead Amon is disgraced by the plucky young heroes and ultimately murdered by his own brother. The Bending elite declare victory, and things continue on as they always have.

Now that we’ve familiar with the basic structure of the two stories, I’d like to draw special attention to several of the most important points. First of all, neither McBean or Amon is who they say they are. McBean claims to be looking out only for the Sneetches best interest, but throughout the story he displays only contempt for them. In fact, the harmonizing of their society was only a side effect of his real aim, which was to make as much money as possible. It would not be overly harsh to accuse him of being a con man. But his trickery is forgiven, as he has wrought much good. Amon claims to be a non-bender, one who was severely burned by a fire bender in his youth. In reality, he is an extremely powerful bloodbender, and the son of Republic City’s most notorious criminal. Though he truly did believe in the Equalist cause, he built it on a foundation of lies and half-truths. Is this ethically correct? Not really. But does it change the reality of what equalization would bring? No! Another point, and one that is closely related is that in both stories, the destruction of racism must come about through profoundly unethical processes. Amon’s stripping of bending makes many people uncomfortable, and with good reason. It is an incredible violation of someone’s soul, and something hard to countenance under any circumstances. Compared to the ongoing and fundamental inequalities of life in Republic City however, it begins to look a lot less bad. And though what Mr. McBean was doing wasn’t as bad, it was certainty not proper behavior that we would expect from a hero. He quite handily scams the Sneetches out of a very large sum of money; by my calculations at least $1,000. This figure should be regarded as a bare minimum; the true number is almost certainly much higher. For folks whose entire occupation is hanging out on a beach, this is not a insignificant amount! The final point that needs to brought up is that the evil is not in the people but in the system. When discussing Legend of Korra, one of the most frequent defense of Bender elitism you encounter is the character defense. Not all benders are bad people! they say. Look at this example, or that person, and so on and so forth. And to a point, they’re right. The series is full of Bender characters such as Tenzien, General Iroh, Korra, and Bolin who would never dream of intentionally oppressing an entire segment of society. But the key word is intentionally. A fundamental truth that these two stories illustrate quite well is that a good person will always be defeated by a bad system. Korra and Tenzien are blinded by the positions of privilege they occupy, making it impossible for them to realize how cruel the system they prop up is. Similarly, on the last page of The Sneetches, you observe people living in harmony who only five or six pages ago had despised each other. This is possible because once the Starred Sneetches have been broken out of the system that perpetuated their supposed superiority, allowing their better natures to become dominant.

At this point the parallels between the two stories are obvious, which begs the question: why is the reaction to them so different? The Sneetches is known by all as a great way to teach children about the wrongness of racism while the vast majority of Legend of Korra fans were delighted by the death of Amon. The answer to this question is quite simple. McBean was able to finish his work, and Amon was not. Think about the struggles against discrimination and racism in our own world. Nelson Mandela was considered a terrorist for several decades, and the FBI classified Martin Luther King Jr. as a threat to the state. It was only after they’d achieved victory that their achievements were recognized. Sadly, Amon was never given this chance.

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27 Responses to Dr. Seuss Would Have Supported Amon: A Comparison Between Legend of Korra and The Sneetches

  1. Clint says:

    Wow. Really well thought out. Though I should add, bending *does* something, and makes things possible that weren’t otherwise so possible. The stars don’t.

  2. Gregory says:

    Your conclusions are somewhat fallacious. You began with your conclusion and worked backwards, making your ending a non-sequitur.
    Additionally, bending isn’t just a social thing, though it is very much a part of the social order, bending also directly supports their industrial infrastructure, military, and powers Republic City. The quality of life is significantly diminished in a very quantifiable way for ALL people of Republic City with Amon’s takeover. There would have been a VERY different reaction if Amon had been bestowing bending powers rather than taking them. He would have still been radically changing the social order, but in a constructive rather than destructive way.

    Also check out the first MS Gundam for similar themes, only in space and with giant robots.

    • Another problem with this theory is that bending is something that people are born with–taking that away would be equivalent to forcing racial reassignment surgery on a minority. This would make everyone look the same and is a form of ethnic cleansing. We would teach people the only way to equality is by everyone being the same. Finding a middle ground between benders and non-benders would be the true path to equality. In both cases the roots for racism are completely ignored and everyone is washed of their identities. The system is corrupt in both stories, and if Amon had won out, he would have erased diversity and cultural enrichment. I do like this article though, but I think the argument lost it’s spark at the end.

  3. Ernesto says:

    This reminded me of how today much of society defends Democracy and demonize those who take Socialism/Communism/Marxism or a Resource Based Economy into consideration.

  4. Blue says:

    Um, no. Bending is a skill, not a physical trait. The treatment is something like skin color or belly stars should be entirely different from a skill you actually have to work on. Benders have to put years of work in, like intelligent people have to out in years of learning and athletes have to put in years of training. They earned their spot in society. You wouldn’t force all of the college graduates to experience brain trauma so those with naturally low levels of intelligence would feel better; you probably aren’t even advocating for them to be paid as much as doctors, lawyers and teachers. If that’s so, it’s foolish to advocate a populace, even in a fictional series, losing a skill or even losing respect for a skill that took them years to develop.

  5. Kay says:

    Well there are a couple things that I can’t agree with, but before I get to that there is something I would like to say: The Legend of Korra isn’t finished. I hope you kept that in mind.
    And although the fanbase of Korra did wish Amon gone, most of the people were shocked and couldn’t quite take in what happened.
    When Tarrlok was explaining how Amon was his brother and there were the flashbacks to his childhood, a few people came to understand why Amon and Tarrlok did what they did. Their father had brought them up that way.
    While Amon’s cause was noble, the way he carried it out was wrong. Bending is an art/skill, not a physical trait. It needs to be worked on and practiced. Benders had spent almost all their lives refining their skill, and to have that suddenly taken away by a complete stranger, who claims that taking away a part of you will be for the better? It’s like, for example, you’re unable to move your legs. That piece of you was taken away, and everyone says it’s for the better?
    I don’t mean to offend anyone who is handicapped, but think of it like this. Handicapped people are unable to do a few things an average person would, but they make up for it by doing incredible things that only they could do. I think it’s the same for non-benders here, they just don’t realize the amazing things they can pull off too.
    Also, not every non-bender has a grudge against benders. Take Asami for example, her mother was killed by a fire bender, yet she didn’t hate Mako, Bolin, or Korra for what they could do.
    So, you shouldn’t blame everyone for the actions of a few.
    And, also something very important: Amon was after power, wanting the whole world for himself. Don’t believe me when I say the world?
    I think it was episode six when Amon said, “First we will equalize Republic City, then we will equalize the world” naturally, if he were successful, people would make him their leader, as he was the start of it all. Also, after being under the influence of his father, he would be hungry for power. Yakone wanted to take Republic City for himself, but was stopped by Avatar Aang. At a young age, Amon was told that his purpose in life was to take revenge for his father, by destroying the Avatar. Can’t you see he wasn’t a very good man from the start?
    Anyways, I can’t agree with you on how Amon was. I think Dr. Seuss would have supported Amon’s cause, but not the way he carried it out.
    Another thing, LoK it more realistic when it comes to equality and all, as it was made for people who are at least 12 years old. The Sneetches was written for five-year-olds.

  6. Michael says:

    To those saying bending isn’t a trait:

    It is a trait. It’s something benders are born with. You are a bender or you aren’t. One can’t just take up bending. You can strengthen it if you have it, but if you don’t have it, you can’t gain it. That problem and conflict is seen all throughout LoK with normal people having issues with benders, being afraid of them, vice-versa. They essentially live in a world like Harry Potter except the ‘muggles’ are aware of and coexist with the wizards.

    As for it affecting the economy/way of life/etc.:

    I doubt the effect would be adverse for very long, if at all. Remember, they are becoming very industrialized and mechanized. People like Hiroshi Sato could have easily made machines to replicate the jobs done by benders. Industry seemed to be okay without them, military could easily succeed without them (ex: General Iroh and his men getting routed pretty handily by Amon’s men) and any other bender powers-that-be seem almost purely ceremonial in their modern age (the Avatar). Korra doesn’t seem to have nearly the same influence and overall authority that past Avatars seem to have had. Of course, the show isn’t over, but it seems like anything else, her influence is waning in a modern age.

  7. Sammy says:

    I stumbled on this article and wow! Totally made me look at things diefferently. I especially liked the end. I watched Legend of Korra and really enjoyed it at the time so it’s kind of difficult for me to look at Amon in a different light, but I’m trying. Thanks.

  8. I hope you were referring to The Brave Little Toaster (a 1987 Disney-affiliated cartoon movie) and not its parody, “The Brave Little Trailer” (a 1994 ten minute short on Animaniacs). The latter I know for sure starred a male cartoon character because at the end you see the Trailer as a grandparent with a white beard and the Pooh-bear voice of cartoon vocal-master Jim Cummings. But at any rate the first film does fail to meet your criteria for deducing the gender on cartoons for a number of reasons.

  9. cooperdoyle says:

    Reblogged this on cooperdoyle and commented:
    This is for anther upcoming post of mine, I’m not posting it for agrement, just to spread the idea and provide context for said upcoming post

  10. smyrkd says:

    I just discovered this site. I love this article. I can wait to take a look around

  11. Ravenwilder says:

    Sorry this will be kind of long,
    [Rant mode engaged]
    It was much better that Korra won as apposed to Amon. There is corruption in republic city, that is true, and many places of power are held by benders. However, there is still hope that the benders and non-benders can reconcile their differences. If Amon won, that hope would be smashed. Instead, one corrupt government would be replaced by another. People will be ‘equalized’ so that they are no different than anyone else. If you look at those who had their bending removed, that wasn’t just a couple of jerks with their symbol of power taken away, their spirits were crushed. Amon isn’t making anyone equal he is simple trying to conform everyone to the same mold, there is no equality of spirit. You bring up pro-bending, and how it is exclusively a game for bender’s only. The game itself is based around the talents that only benders can possess. It is after all called pro-bending. And it is in actuality a celebration of equality as representatives of the each of the four nations save for the air nomads are working together to beat the other team, coming off a horrible war not a hundred years prior when the people were separated. Real equality is accepting that people are different with their own natural talents, drives, and dreams and that no matter how they look or were they came from they are all deserving of respect, equal protection under the law, and opportunity for success. Also if we’re talking about positions of power Hiroshi Sato and the Cabbage Corp. President were both in places of power, there lives were much more extravagant than the lower classes bender and non-bender. If one wishes to use bending to achieve success then they have to hone that ability. The time that takes can lock them out of other areas such as business and scientific research. Amon resented bending because his father cared only for the power it brought, so Amon wished to use that power to remove it from anyone else. Ironic, but all it did was set an ideal ,non-benders, and everyone else had to conform, or be attacked. Fast forward, 20-30 years later, benders are largely gone from public view, benders are considered freaks of nature. There are parents fearful of their children discovering that forbidden talent, and being seen. Amon is the only person capable of removing one’s bending, and when he is no longer around the new regime will start to use more permanent ways of removing benders, and as Amon has already shown he has no compunctions against taking the bending away from children. With Korra winning it wasn’t a win for the current establishment, it was a victory of a possibly better tomorrow, something that would not be the case if Amon had won.
    [End rant]
    There is a very good short story that illustrated the horror of forced equality called Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., were everyone is handicapped in the name of equality.

  12. ASP says:

    Here’s the biggest mistake you made: you’re assuming that the show portrays the oppression of non-benders as right, when in fact it is portrayed as just as evil as what Amon is doing. The difference is that there are very good people who are very high up in the chain of command, such as Tenzin and Lin, and they fight for the rights of non-benders, thus it is safe to assume that Republic City was already on its way to becoming fairer to the non benders. Amon wasn’t needed, and in fact he caused more problems for the non benders (the government didn’t start discriminating against them until after Amon was already a major threat). Really the only big thing was that there were criminal organizations led by benders that the government wasn’t dealing with, and if Amon kept to just destroying those (instead of sports stars and innocent children) then he’d be portrayed much more heroically.
    There’s also the fact that equalization is a rape metaphor, but that’s another issue altogether.

  13. Feral Lemming says:

    Racism is a false claim of hereditary superior abilities. If bending existed and were hereditary, it would be a true claim of superior abilities. It would not be racism, nor would it be inequality, but rather an actual biological superiority. Non-benders would be analogous to, say, if cripples were a numeric majority in a world where running is a necessary social function. A better question is whether bending is a random congenital condition or a dominant or recessive hereditary trait?

    • Kilyle says:

      Yeah!

      Through no merit of my own, I was born with a pretty sharp mind. I adapt well to various areas of study and have always enjoyed learning. Certain problems that trip up a lot of students (such as the nuances of punctuation and grammar) have never been a problem for me. If I were less lazy this would’ve drastically increased my chances of getting a darn good job – and even without a job, I’ve still got an above-average chance of leaving a mark on society/history (thanks in no small part to the Age of the Internet).

      Can you say that the world would be a better place if people as intelligent as I am were brought down to average – rather than, say, encouraged to use our talents for the benefit of all, and to try to find ways to help the less fortunate navigate the waters that we found an easy path through?

  14. Racism is a false claim of hereditary superior abilities. If bending existed and were hereditary, it would be a true claim of superior abilities. It would not be racism, nor would it be inequality, but rather an actual biological superiority. Non-benders would be analogous to, say, if cripples were a numeric majority in a world where running is a necessary social function. A better question is whether bending is a random congenital condition or a dominant or recessive hereditary trait?

    Bending doesn’t seem to be a hereditary ability. Non-benders have bending children and vice versa, on a pretty regular basis. The most you could say is that type of bending is hereditary, but personally, I suspect that it’s location-based. (The Four Nations weren’t completely isolated, esp. in the more distant past, you’d expect at least some diversity if it was just genetic.)

    Furthermore, a physical advantage is not the same thing as inherent ‘superiority’ on an existential level – it’s just that – an advantage or ‘super-ability’, just as a disability is not an inherent ‘inferiority’ on an existential level. Yes, Benders have a super-ability compared to non-Benders, but that does not make them better. There is no legitimate reason for the government to consist primarily/entirely of Benders (Bending is awesome, but it doesn’t make one any better at politics), especially as they are a minority of the population, and more than it would make sense for our government to consist only of those who can benchpress more than 200 pounds.

    Amon is the only person capable of removing one’s bending, and when he is no longer around the new regime will start to use more permanent ways of removing benders

    Perhaps. However, I can suspect Amon’s ability to be some variation of ‘Chi Blocking’ (e.g. Ty Lee), so it’s *possible* that scientific advances will reach the point at which a permanent non-Amon limiter can be found. Surgical, perhaps. Still a Very Bad Thing.

    While a surface comparison can be drawn, there are many big differences here, which should be obvious. First is that Bending is an actual ability that confers real advantages on both a personal and societal level. It’s not a precise analogy, but it’s like being a talented athlete, or a gymnast (because sheer effort matters more than innate nature in the real world). Heck, Nzba jnf bayl noyr gb qb gur guvatf ur qvq orpnhfr bs uvf bja Jngreoraqvat. To tear that away makes a real, negative difference in the victim’s life, quite apart from the privilege granted Benders. The star or absence thereof, meanwhile, is more comparable to hair color – or skin color. Something that has almost nothing to do with actual ability – a star grants privilege, but not power.

    Second, and this is probably more important, is that McBean was offering the non-starred Sneetches a way to imitate the star-bellied Sneetches. It was A: Optional, and B: A way of uplifting the underprivileged class (a comparison can probably be drawn to ‘passing’, but let’s not get into that…). In contrast, Amon was kidnapping Benders and taking away their abilities by force. He didn’t offer anyone any choice, and he wasn’t so much fixing the system as trying to tear it down to the ‘common level’. It is as if instead McBean assaulted the Star-Bellied Sneetches and cut off their stars. His motivation may have been quite real, but he was nevertheless a terrorist.

    Third and last, there’s the fact that The Sneetches is a somewhat simplistic examination of racism and prejudice – which is just fine, it’s intended for young children, but pretending that it offers a realistic solution is nonsensical. The Avatar Series is also intended for children and often veers into the fantastic, but it is nevertheless a more mature and less whimsical treatment. The point of LoK Season One is not in any way that ‘Prejudice is good’, but rather ‘trying to fix prejudice by taking away what makes people unique is the wrong way to go about things’.

  15. ASP says:

    Another thing I’d like to point out is that, yes the council only had benders in it when Korra’s story was taking place, but flashbacks show at least 2 non benders on the council: Sokka and an unnamed man who adopted the life style of the airbenders despite not being one himself. Sure, Sokka was a war hero, and they needed someone other than Aang to represent the Air Nomads (since Aang is supposed to represent everyone) so those two might’ve had an advantage over other potential nonbending members, but it does show that it is at least possible.

  16. RHJunior says:

    In your comparison you overlook one critical difference: having a star on one’s belly did not grant the star-bellied sneeches any real advantage. It wasn’t even a mark of real merit or capability– it was just an arbitrary physical attribute like eye or hair color.

    Bending, on the other hand, is a functional ability.

    The reason Benders are largely in positions of power and authority is because their society is, to some degree, a meritocracy. No matter how you dice it a Bender is going to be more capable than a non-Bender at many things, ranging from manual labor to armed combat to healing. In given the choice between an armed guard who can wield a sword and one who can fling fire from his hands or send boulders hurtling at his foes, which would you hire?

    Unfair? Yes, life is unfair. Each person will always be more or less capable than the next of one thing or another.

    McBean’s de-starifier/star-applier did nothing to the capacities of the Sneeches as individuals or to the Sneech race as a whole. Amon’s tearing away of Bending powers robbed the individual Benders and society as a whole— of healers, artists and artisans, soldiers, architects… it is the difference between the color blindness of Martin Luther King Jr and the crab-bucket philosophy of Harrison Bergeron.

    I greatly doubt that Dr. Seuss would ever approve of Amon. He was a fairly intelligent man and I am quite certain he understood that you cannot lift yourself up by tearing another man down.

  17. AmonFan says:

    Considering the fact that in “Avatar: The Last Airbender” you have characters like Ty Lee and Mai – non-benders who by virtue of training and skill can go toe to toe with benders and win, I’d say that the society of Republic City is anything but meritocratic on account of functional abilities.

    I mean, is there really a reason for the police to be comprised solely of metalbenders? Is it a meritocracy when the government is actually appointed by foreigners, with the local populace having no representation? When the national sport itself is a bender-only establishment? I should think not.

    This is further exacerbated because bending as a functional ability has become superseded by technology, making benders useful but not quite so necessary as in earlier times. Even the successes of regular chi-blockers against benders show that in a straight fight, training can indeed trump inborn powers. But see this – chi-blocking training has been made illegal, and practitioners are round up as terrorist supporters. Now why would that be, eh?

    The actions of Amon and the equalists may be considered wrong, but they are in lieu of any that are right. In all honesty, what are they supposed to do? Who can a bullied non-bender turn to, with any confidence that they will receive help? Neither the police nor the government have any personal feel of their plight. No civil action can pass mustard against an all-bender city council. The martial art that would give them a fighting chance is prohibited, making them criminals should they wish to pursue it. And the Avatar herself, upon arrival, is far too quick to pass her own verdict: “You’re oppressing yourselves!” Thus, with all fair and civil options exhausted, their only choice is to become uncivil. Amon really becomes *the* solution.

    The similarity with the Sneetches lies exactly in the fact that bending, on its own, is not that much of an advantage, but that the laws of the city enable it to be. Laws that are far from meritocratic. Laws that indeed limit barbecues and marshmallow roasts to the Star-bearing Sneetches, by virtue of the star alone.

  18. Nathan Goldwag says:

    First of all, thank you all for responding to this!! I was not expecting this much response and it makes me happy. :) I’ve been reading through the critiques and criticisms you’ve all made, and I want to respond to a few of them.

    There seems to be, if not a consensus, than at least widespread agreement that Republic City’s attitude towards non-benders is flawed, and could use some work. The objection is towards Amon’s methods, which I admit are brutal and hard to stomach. Many people have said they think non-benders should have used different methods. And you know what? I agree! I would absolutely love to have been able to support a Moderate Reform group that supported equality between benders and non-benders and worked to make changes within the structure of Republic City. But this does not exist. There is absolutely no indication that any benders have any interest in listening to the Equalists’s grievances and complaints. As AmonFan so adroitly pointed out, they are dismissed right from the start as frivolous or meaningless.

    It’s because of this that I found Tenzein to be the most annoying character in the show actually. I feel like he, and he alone, had the moral authority and gravitas to build and lead a coalition of benders and non-benders to fight for non-violent and legal reform. But alas, he was too blinded by privilege and power to see. And if Tenzein, the most liberal member of the City Council by far, can’t see the necessity of reform, no one will. Which leaves Amon, and armed revolution as the non-bender’s only hope.

    • ASP says:

      As I said earlier, you failed to take into account that the government wasn’t shown discriminating against non-benders until after Amon showed up. Sure you could say that benders got jobs such as metal benders being police and lightning benders providing electricity, but that’s just because their powers made it so much easier to get those jobs. Non-benders, such as Sato and the Cabbage guy’s son, still controlled much of the economy. And don’t tell me “oh the council is composed solely of benders” since the flashbacks explicitly showed at least two, if not more, non-benders on the council in the past, so it’s entirely possible for more non-benders to have high political status. Really the only problem that was actually shown (and not just speculated on) was that a lot of crime was bender on non-bender, and any other problems non-benders had were caused by Amon himself spreading panic. Honestly this entire argument is nothing more than attempting to put Amon in leather pants (TV Tropes reference)

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