Racism in Comics

Isn’t this movement today towards forced inclusiveness a form of racism itself? The focus is being put on the skin color. Isn’t that, by the broadest definition of the word, racism? There are many who laud this increased inclusiveness, this expansion in racial diversity in the field, and rightfully so, as there SHOULD be greater diversity. Not every superhero should be white, Christian, American, and male, as they largely have been since the beginnings of the comic book pop culture phenomenon. But are the companies going about it the right way? That’s the question. By forcing it to happen too quickly, are they in fact devaluing the steps they are taking, undermining those advancements? Again, those whose focus is on the unfairness of the world in which comic heroes were allowed, for so many decades, to be white Anglo-Saxon Protestant males, sans black characters, sans gay characters, sans strong female characters, then the fix can’t be forced too speedily. I don’t cotton to that way of thinking, however. Does that make ME somehow complicit in the disparity, which is really discrimination? Does that make ME racist? What’s the difference between me and the guy who just prefers having all white superheroes?

The difference, I think, is that I recognize that, historically, there has been a problem, that a lack of diversity remains a problem, and that the problem SHOULD be addressed. The debate is on the manner in which it would be best addressed. I disagree with the manner in which Marvel and DC and the rest are going about it, but I nevertheless applaud their efforts towards a desired end.