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“So here comes Superman, our hero ex machina: a white male Übermensch as the default image of hope and salvation, literally raised from the dead. Despite the other powerful, charismatic heroes on the roster (Gadot and Momoa are still intriguing to watch, even in the least flattering sequences), “Justice League” can’t see past the man with an S on his chest.”–Maya Phillips, New York Times.

Racists do not come in one skin shade.

Racists come in ALL skin shades.

Maya Phillips writes, “No one knows hope like a fan.”

As a fan she knows that in the comics Doomsday killed Superman. Heck, we don’t even have to a fan to know that. The whole world read it in every media outlet there was at the time:   .

We also know he was brought back from the dead.

Zack Snyder made this iconic moment part of his narrative. It did not come from him.

Superman has been white since he first flew off the comic pages.

Personally I see race as what it is, a scientific fiction created by men who saw trees but not the forest. Faulting or dissing Superman for being white is not cool. It’s not cool at all.

Instead of attacking Phillips could have taken the opportunity the applaud Snyder for using the extended time to better introduce Cyborg who, we now see, may well be the most powerful character in the DC universe. He also introduces a Black man, Harry Lennix, as the Martian Manhunter:  .

The saying is, “One step forward, two steps back.”

Zack Snyder, with his JUSTICE LEAGUE, has taken more than one step forward. Each of those steps has been huge. Not one step has been taken back.

There seems to be a plethora of writers right now who use the word “white” in a demagogueric fashion. Maya Phillips, in her review, is one of them.

Racism comes in all shades.–Reg Hartt


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