We know from canon and legends that the empire was prejudiced against non-human intelligent races, only allowing humans to serve in the imperial military. But is there an out of universe explanation for this in the original trilogy, such as the production of costumes being costly, or did Lucas have this in mind when he made the original trilogy and use it as a reason for dealing with issues such as cost?

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    Most actors in Hollywood are human? – Buzz Dec 31 '16 at 21:54
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    @Buzz - Certainly a large majority – Valorum Dec 31 '16 at 21:58
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    Because they're supposed to evoke the Nazis, therefore racism? – ApproachingDarknessFish Dec 31 '16 at 22:18
  • For a decent comparison of real world inspiration for many characters and events check out: Star Wars and History. – Firebat Jan 1 '17 at 14:36
  • @CearonO’Flynn - I don’t think so. One is explicitly in-universe (what was Palpatine thinking), and one is explicitly out-of-universe (what was Lucas thinking). – Adamant Jan 4 '17 at 7:17

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