Given the current racial divide this country is now facing, it is hardly surprising that new Star Wars actor John Boyega is getting racist blowback for portraying a Black Stormtrooper in the upcoming film, The Force Awakens.

In all began when the Episode VII trailer went viral and Boyega’s character was shown in a Stormtrooper uniform without his mask. Seeing that the franchise’s prequels came after the initial set of 1970s movies, it can understood where the confusion stems from regarding who exactly is a clone and what not.

Diehard fans and/or casual racists took extreme issue with Boyega being a Black Stormtrooper opposed to being a clone of Jango Fett, the bounty hunter whose body was replicated to build an army in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

Word got back to Boyega who offered up this response:

Scroll through the slideshow below to see some of the racist remarks–and the tongue-in-cheek responses that comes with being a Black Stormtrooper in 2014.

Photo: WENN

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