A Monolith of Blackness

Representation doesn’t mean what people think it means.

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Is the White man’s ice truly colder? (Look it up…)
  • Can it be considered representation when the characters being written are Black/Brown/Other but all of the creators are, as they are currently, over 90% white men?
  • Can these white writers truly represent the perspective of people of color/diverse natures, when they have never truly been aware of what our struggles are other than the stereotypical media they consume (which is also written primarily by White men)?
  • Should we be creating the comics we want to be seen and represented in?
  • In our quest for representation, when have we reached enough representation? Why isn’t War Machine/Iron Patriot enough?
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Because War Machine didn’t invent his technology, he just used it. He was a secondary and legacy hero who derives his capacity for heroic endeavor from the guy who who designed and created his armor, Tony Stark. This undermines War Machines sense of narrative agency and ability to freely develop. Stark owes his capacity to no one, a vital and defining difference between the two characters.
  • Why did Vixen have to be vetted with an animated series while Supergirl went straight to live-action? For most non-comic fans, both are equally obscure.
  • Should the Whiteness of a main character automatically assume viewer-ship of a series?
  • What about the problematic characterization of the Black Best Friend in many media spin offs of traditionally white characters?
  • Given the longevity of many comic companies and the dearth of Black or other characters, does this mean minority representation is limited to secondary, non-heroic roles?
  • Are disabled or differently-abled characters unable to be related to sufficiently by the able-bodied to justify their almost complete invisibility in media? Should we be trying to change this?

There is no quest for representation

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The comic OneNation #1 Deacon Halo Poster from 133ART. You must buy this work. It’s beautiful. It’s magnificently written and you most assuredly haven’t seen its like before.
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David Walker’s Super Justice Force is a new work by a writer whose name is certain to be synonymous with superheroic storytelling in the future. Check out his recent run on DC Comics’ “Cyborg” or Marvel’s “Power Man and Iron Fist.” But buy Super Justice Force because it supports David and his ability to tell the stories we want to see.
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  • We do exist in the past, and not always as slaves. There is plenty of history to choose from and Blacks were represented in all of it. Do the research and write those stories. Do the research and write whatever the hell suits you. White people do it all the time and no one blinks an eye.
  • We can exist in parallel dimensions where we are free from any cultural, social or sociological limitations placed on us in THIS culture. Make your Black, Brown, or otherwise diverse characters as bad-ass as you want them to be. Worry less about being a Mary Sue and more about telling a great story.
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Black or Brown Best Friends: Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babineaux, Mehcad Brooks as James Olson, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rahul Kohli as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, and Anthony Mackie as The Falcon
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“Until Lions write their own history, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunters.”
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