I’m particularly glad to have this piece on The Black Kids Table and to have this writer contributing to the site now. JGalette examines racism in the comic book fandom.
As always, if you have a unique perspective on issues in blackness, The Black Kids Table would like to hear from you.
“Sometimes when I take a step back and look at these books that I enjoyed as a child and still enjoy, as best I can, I realize that I rarely see a face that looks like mine. That these things I love so much possess a fandom and are being put out by an industry that’s easily as toxic as the rest of society and I ask myself why. Why even bother? Why do any of us even bother?
And I tell myself it’s because these characters mean something more, that they represent more than what the worst of the people who fuel their existence creatively and economically are so keen to put out into the ether.
I tell myself that if Johnny, Sue and the rest of the Fantastic Four could leap from the pages they’d give all their racist fans such a talking to, that they’d make them understand why they were wrong and that they needed to change their ways. But they aren’t real and they can’t do that.
And the sad thing is, no matter what I write about this subject, I know I can’t either.”