So, I, as a rule, am someone who I would call a “post-racialist.” Which means, in addition to my abuse of commas, that I really do not see skin color or race when it comes to life. I acknowledge and value ethnicity, but I really don’t give a crap about what your race is (unless someone is making a big deal or letting someone slide because of it). I don’t even care about what gender you are.
And that’s one of the things I like about Marvel comics. They don’t tend to make a big deal about stuff like that too (beyond a rare exception every now and then). So when someone say something like this, I have to just both quizzically turn my head and go “huh?” and get kind of annoyed.
Someone was talking about a major cast announcement for the new SHIELD series and they ended with this:
Is this the same Marvel comics I read? Oh wait, I’m sorry, I forgot. A friend of mine and I were talking about this and it turns out that because Marvel does the exact same thing that we are supposed to be doing in society, they don’t count when it comes to things like racial diversity, gender equality, and so forth.
Because they don’t make a big deal about it. Sue Storm, one of the strongest Marvel heroes who is on one of their premier teams the Fantastic Four (Where it’s acknowledged she is the strongest member) is hated and ignored by feminist because she isn’t a “Strong Female Role model.” What are the reasons? She’s on a team with three guys, her powers are invisibility, and she’s a stay at home mom who takes care of her children in her off time.
But I got off topic on slightly. See Marvel has a lot of Gay superheroes. It has a crap tone of strong female superheroes. What happens? They are part of Teams. You know, groups that come together to form bonds of brotherhood and respect, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or what have you, where no one person gets too much of the lime light (though some do get more than others) and everyone gets to be accepted?
Yeah. Apparently that means not enough “racial diversity.”
But wait a minute, isn’t Marvel one of the most racially prolific comics out there? I mean, getting past the whole “skin-color” thing, you have humans, mutants, Aesir, Vanir, Jotun, Skree, Krull, Shi’ar, meta-humans, Svartalfs, Alfs, Dwarfs, Watchers, Planet eating ententies, and dozens upon dozens of other races of beings out there.
THE HEL YOU MEAN NO RACIAL DIVERSITY?
Oh, I’m sorry, are you only seeing in terms of skin color? Do the colors green, purple, svart, and so forth not matter? Are they not to be considered? It has to be these paltry and false “racial” concerns of you mere mortals that there aren’t enough “headliner” of certain “races?” Really? You’re gonna discount someone’s “Race” based on their “skin color” and ignore the fact that everyone is pretty much managing to live in a world where they rarely care about skin color?
How positively progressive and enlightened of you.