Marvel has hired a prominent black writer for the new Black Panther comic coming out in the spring.
I’m happy to hear it, but at the same time, I’m sad that it has to come to this.
Diversity has become something of a buzzword lately. I’m all for having diverse voices and perspectives. It’s needed, because all too often, it was basically nothing but straight white males that were running the show. Marvel, at least, has had two Hispanic EIC’s, back to back. Does this mean that a wave of diversity is upon us?
Yes, we have our first black president who actually looked black (there are seven others who are black—look it up), and we have a real shot at having our first female president; we have an Olympic medallist who was married into a wealthy family who recently underwent gender reassignment; we are getting more racial diversity on television and film, more sexual diversity in comics, and just more diversity as a whole within the country.
But does it have to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind? As Rodney King famously stated, “Can’t we all just get along?”
Honestly, no we can’t. Not yet. But we’re working on it.
Hate is a learned trait. So, too, is love. However, children are innocent of both until they are taught. Love (at least, acceptance) is being taught more often now, but it’s a slow process, with a lot of de-programming to overcome.
“Gay” means happy. It was then appropriated to mean homosexuality (and homosexuality is generally meant to mean two males), and could be seen as a slur. In the 80s, if we didn’t like something, we said it was “gay.” I’m talking about the national lexicon, and it took some doing to overcome.
Hate won’t go away soon. Diversity is a good thing. I’m happy that the Black Panther has a prominent black writer. I’m hoping he brings something new to the character, like Priest did. I’m just sad that we have to trumpet the writer’s race instead of just listing his accomplishments. I’m sad to see that his list of accomplishments are remarkable because of his race.