This week’s episode of WATCHMEN is a very powerful voice showing what things were like back in the day & why logic goes out the window by simply making established white characters black.
|Posted: 25 November 2019 at 9:50pm | IP Logged | 10
People, the history is not one where you can simply take a white person & hey presto, swap to a black character. Making Nick Fury black fundamentally changes the history of what that character could have been.
That is not a racist statement, it is an acknowledgment of how bad things were. & it should be a rallying cry that things should never be that way, ever again.
Of course, the current issue is that people ARE answering the rallying cry of ‘make new characters’ & we now have (usually) white males shouting that they are having minorities & women characters thrust down their throats all the time.
See Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel’s revised line up (granted some of them are characters based on existing characters, but many are not & they still get included in the backlash) for some examples of this. The Mary Sue argument should not count here. I’m arguing that people say ‘Create new characters’, those characters get created & people complain. That these characters make everybody else look pathetic (in some people’s eyes) says more about the person complaining than anything else.
I think JB did an incredible study on this topic of black character now vs black character then with NEXT MEN. Tony in present day had opportunity & position.
Once time displaced to the past, she remained the same character, but her experience was far, far different.
I don’t think he gets enough credit for what he managed to show through that character’s experience in life, nor the decisions she made based on those experiences.
Many people complain that the ‘sequel’ series felt rushed etc, I don’t agree with that & think through things like Tony’s story it was every bit as compelling as the ‘original’ issues. It was horrible to see such a strong, able character go through those experiences. She remained a strong, able character in the past, but her choices and experiences were radically different. That was not on her, it was on how white people treated blacks, pure & simple, & remains a story that must not be forgotten by pretending you can take a privileged white character & simply make it a black character.
That is a lie & a disservice to all the blacks & other minorities that suffered terrible abuse in the past. This post also stands for women throughout history as well.