The most recent issue of “Action Comics” has Superman stopping a white supremacist with an American flag bandanna from mowing down a group of Spanish-speaking men and women in hijabs with a semi-automatic rifle.
After saving the human beings from the monster, the mighty Kal-el demands to know why he tried to kill them and upon getting a very Trumpian answer, explains to the monster that the blackness in his soul is all on him.
If it feels like I’m using loaded language, allow me to remind you this is a person shooting unarmed people because of the color of their skin. By any definition, that is a monster.
— Lodix (@lodix1) September 13, 2017
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— Arthur (@Bouhanul) September 13, 2017
Naturally, the Trumpanzees are in an uproar over this “propaganda.”
screw this when they make superman a Democrat that's when they should be put out of business
— Roy Linderholm (@linderholm_roy) September 14, 2017
Superman protecting illegal aliens from an attack which has never, ever happened. Meanwhile, the crime FROM illegals is off the charts
— John Hill (@StandWithAZ) September 13, 2017
Communist propaganda even trickles down to Superman.
— Curmudgeon (@CaliCurmudgeon) September 13, 2017
— J.M. Harrison (@JMHarrison11) September 13, 2017
And then there’s the ones less upset about the depiction of white supremacy in comics as they are about Superman saving unarmed people from a wannabe mass murderer. Think about that, they’re literally upset that Superman is saving immigrants from being murdered:
A reversal to legal immigration – TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY seems to have been replaced by PC thinking..?
— Roland Dell (@ChaplainDell) September 14, 2017
Superman already renounced his American citizenship. So I guess it's a logical digression to help destroy the life of working Americans.
— Otto Law (@otto_law) September 13, 2017
wow, Superman who once stood for "truth justice and the american way" is now saving us from it.
— Jam (@cazbit138) September 13, 2017
— Stevie Bennett (@ScreedofStevie) September 14, 2017
Of course, this issue isn’t strictly about white supremacy or any particular ideology. People are being driven to rage by…someone (moohoohahahaha!) and Superman saves anyone in trouble.
— Lodix (@lodix1) September 14, 2017
Still, comics have been engaged in social justice for decades, Marvel more so than DC. The entire concept of the X-Men is an allegory for racism in America and the LGBT community has been out of the superhero closet long before marriage equality became law of the land.
Over just the last two years, the title of Captain America was passed on to Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon (previously The “Black” Falcon from when most black characters had “black” in their name for some reason), who took the position that black lives do matter. This led him to throw down with a robotic police force sent by explicitly racist politicians to “pacify” black neighborhoods. At the same time, another Marvel character, Nighthawk, spends his evenings beating up white supremacists that threaten black communities.
Comic books have never been a safe haven for racists and the idea that Superman wouldn’t protect immigrants (being one himself) says more about the person bitching about it than it does about the “communist propaganda” that they find so offensive.
Just remember, Captain America punched Hitler in the face. Superheros have always defended the American ideals Trumpsters abandoned a long time ago.
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