I haven’t had a chance to make it to my local comic shop to pick up the latest issue of Action Comics, but the Internet is abuzz with the news that the issue contains a scene in which Superman saves a group of unarmed refugees from a white supremacist with a gun.
In 2017, of course, this is controversial.
America has always been divided about some things. But as a culture, until recently, we’ve pretty much agreed that white supremacists, Nazis, and the KKK are bad. That killing unarmed refugees is bad. That regardless of immigration and citizen status, people are people, and thus deserving of basic human rights.
In 2017, this is no longer the case.
In 2017, white nationalism and white supremacy have become mainstream.
In 2017, we have a sitting president who rose to power on a campaign of bigotry and racism and resentment, refuses to condemn white supremacists, equates armed fascist protesters with anti-fascists, and reveres Confederate generals alongside our nation’s founders.
A lot of ink has been spilled on this already. Superman writer Dan Jurgens tweeted yesterday:
“The fact that a few people object to Superman saving innocent, unarmed people pretty much proves the point of the story, sad to say.”
If your objection is that Superman should be apolitical, take five minutes to investigate the history of the character.
Before “Truth, Justice, and the American Way,” Superman was billed by his creators as a “Champion of the Oppressed.” He spent his first years strong-arming corrupt bankers and politicians. He was an activist, created during the Great Depression to exemplify the values of the New Deal.
Superman is the original Social Justice Warrior.
I just wanted to add to the chorus of folks saying that if you have a problem with this, you need to take a hard look at yourself.