Blue Marvel called a "negro".

#1 Posted by jeanroygrant (20191 posts) - - Show Bio

Did anyone catch this racist moment?

They call Blue Marvel a "negro".....SMH.

#2 Posted by CATPANEXE (9368 posts) - - Show Bio

Racism, and why it's wrong was one of the entire points of the story and character.

#3 Posted by Kallarkz (3303 posts) - - Show Bio

@CATPANEXE said:

Racism, and why it's wrong was one of the entire points of the story and character.

this. we kind of all knew they were racist against him. I mean they asked him to retire when they found out he was Black. He wore a mask so they wouldn't know....The negro part is like baby stuff compared to the rest.

#4 Posted by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

Um, didn't this take place sometime in the past? Or most recently? :P

#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32882 posts) - - Show Bio
@mr.obvious said:

Um, didn't this take place sometime in the past? Or most recently? :P

August 1962
#6 Posted by Video_Martian (5645 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87 said:

@mr.obvious said:

Um, didn't this take place sometime in the past? Or most recently? :P

August 1962

That makes more sense...

#7 Posted by Superguy0009e (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

yea, if this was back when near the begining of the civil rights movement, it would make sense

#8 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

@jeanroygrant: racism was commonplace at the time

#9 Posted by MrMiracle77 (1659 posts) - - Show Bio

So who is the racist in this book?  Is it the book's writer, the character, or the era?

#10 Posted by cattlebattle (12599 posts) - - Show Bio

Its all about context I guess

#11 Posted by joshmightbe (24692 posts) - - Show Bio

Racism was part of the point of the book, this goes back to people having this weird belief that simply showing that racism exists is in and of itself racist regardless of the context. The story was set in a time when "negro" was the common term for black people and it was before the civil rights movement took hold.

#12 Posted by CATPANEXE (9368 posts) - - Show Bio

@MrMiracle77 said:

So who is the racist in this book? Is it the book's writer, the character, or the era?

The era. More so the government and defense department. The Blue Marvel saved the world like no one could, and represented one of the best new heroes the world could hope for, but they screwed him over instead on the basis of his skin color. It's a very potent and literal series. In one hand many readers, myself included, wish Marvel would use him more, on the other it would be sad to see such a character with a solid foundation end up getting tarnished.

#13 Posted by Vance Astro (91123 posts) - - Show Bio
@cattlebattle said:
Its all about context I guess
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#14 Posted by Paracelsus (1517 posts) - - Show Bio

It was during the 1950s/60s- hardly surprising- DEAL WITH IT! And "negro" was a damn site more polite than other terms referring to people of colour back in the day(beginning with the "n-word").

Terry

#15 Posted by Paracelsus (1517 posts) - - Show Bio

In partial defence of the authorities bigoted attitude, when superheroes( such as Spider-Man, Daredevil, Daredevil, FF. Thor, the "old" X-Men-all of the above being obviously Caucasian) first appeared in the early 1960s, officialdom feared that they might want to take over the country(or even the world), so it could not be rooted in simple racism!

Terry

#16 Posted by evilvegeta74 (4521 posts) - - Show Bio

@jeanroygrant: Oh , yeah I remember that, the language was meant to represent that era in time.

#17 Posted by Wardemon32 (4109 posts) - - Show Bio

Yea but he then said "....a negro". As if it was some type of dissapointment. Just as if he was actually white they wouldn't have mentioned his color.

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