From my friend Stephanie, one of the whitest people I know, in which race is concerned.
So… “officers of the peace” shooting innocent people isn’t more important than uh… “criminals” shooting “innocent” people? Let’s talk for a second about murders per capita by black people and white people vs. who’s persecuted for supposed murders per capita. And to make things easier on white people, Hitler and other non-‘Merican white people don’t count. There are STILL more white mass murderers than black mass murderers, still more black people in jail for petty crimes or DEAD for NO CRIME than white people. And that’s just the ones I don’t have to look up actual statistics for.
How did black people get to America? Refesh my memory. I don’t think white people should be blamed for the state of affairs for black people who immagrated here of their own free will and financial ability, working towards the American dream like their white brothers and sisters. But throughout the majority of this country’s history, that does not describe African Americans. They were taken from their homes, brought here AGAINST THEIR WILL, treated so cruelly the most sadistic of humans would say, “whoa that shit was fucked up,” given no socioeconomic status to speak of (the poorest of white people up to and after the abolition of slavery, including many post Civil War immigrants, were seen as having a higher socioeconomic status than the richest of black freeborn merchants, skilled craftsman and traders - this from a plaque I once spent a good ten minutes in front of at the AHM Smithsonian), given fewer rights historically than white people UP TO TODAY, frowned upon in their social integration more than any white ethnic group and many non-white ethnic groups.
And someone white has the NERVE to say black people are to blame for their problems? That all black people are criminals, wastrels, and evil? Let me tell you something. Black people ON THE WHOLE are not the people who built their success upon the suffering, mistreatment, and financial and social inequality of their fellow human beings. ON THE WHOLE in the history of this country, the ethnic class of WHITE PEOPLE contains more THIEVES, RAPISTS, AND MURDERERS. If you believe anything differently, you are part of a system that celebrates amassing wealth at the expense of people who make an honest living, congratulates rapists while their victims suffer the blame, defends murderers who are supposedly protecting the citizens they kill, and condones the persecution of innocent people for crimes they did not commit.
Four years earlier, in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.
Five years before that, in 1963, Medgar Evers was shot and killed.
Eight years before that, in 1955, a young Black man named Emmett Till was tortured, then shot and killed.
These events, and numerous others with frightening similarity, happened in a line, and in the early years of the first decade to reap the social benefits of the Civil Rights Movement, Marvel Comics gives the fans (and the world) a Black male superhero whose primary superhuman aspect… is that he’s bulletproof.
Not flight, or super speed, or a power ring.
The superhuman ability of being impervious to bullets.
Superheroes. Action heroes. Fantasy heroes.
Is there any doubt the power fantasy of the Black man in the years following multiple assassinations of his leaders and children by way of the gun would be superhuman resistance to bullets?
In American society, the Black man has come a long way from the terrors of the past handful of centuries, only to crash right into the terrors of the 21st century. Some of those terrors being the same exact ones their grandparents had to face and survive — or not.
There are Black men who are wealthy, powerful, formidable and/or dangerous. They can affect change undreamt of by their parents, and their parents’ parents. Their children will be able to change the world in ways we can intuit and others we can barely begin to try and predict.
But a bullet can rip through their flesh and their future with no effort whatsoever.
And so we look at Luke Cage, a man who gets shot on a regular basis, whose body language is such that he is expecting to be shot at, prepared for the impact — because he knows he can take it.
And maybe, in the subconscious of the uni-mind of Marvel Comics, is the understanding that Luke Cage may unfortunately always be a relevant fantasy idea for the Black man.
2012 – Trayvon Martin is shot and killed.
2013 – Jonathan Ferrell is shot and killed.
2014 – Michael Brown is shot and killed.
2015/2016 – Luke Cage premieres on Netflix.
I look forward to seeing if the Luke Cage of that show will have a true understanding of his power and what he symbolizes.
I don’t really lose a lot of sleep over what he does, but I’ll happily shit all over his name if it’s brought up. I think Image could do a lot better than publishing his played out superhero ish. But there’s certainly no shortage of guys in comics who will chase a lazy dollar. They’re all welcome to eat shit or die trying. G-G-G UNIT!
Anyway, here’s a Mazinger cover because I like it.
It becomes clearer with each passing day, if you seriously want one thing you have to give up something else. Even if it’s something you take for granted or don’t realize you have in the first place. Wanna get fit? Giving up computer time/drawing time/gaming time, oh and all those garbage foods you eat, or the vast preponderance of them. Want to be an artist? Giving up sleep and leisure hours. Want to do conventions? Gonna give up money and time spent on leisure and hobbies you took for granted. Want a relationship? A healthy one? Gotta give up the safety of solitude, and some of the time and energy you have left to doing your part in that relationship.
There’s a truism you might know: If you want something you’ve never had before, you have to do something you’ve never done. Well duh, obviously. Everyone gets that when they hear it. It’s self-explanatory. But what no one tells you is (because maybe they don’t think about it), if you want to do something you’ve never done to get something you’ve never had, you have to give up something you ARE doing, something you DO have. It could be anything. A pastime, a bad habit, time with friends and family, an addiction, a full night’s sleep, anything. Something has to give.
Everyone’s got the same 24 hour day.
If you want something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t want it, you’ll find an excuse.
Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run. Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph. The released footage by NYPDwas proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp.
On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture. I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive. But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency. Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up.
Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case. *Edit* This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police. Please advise, it is highly disturbing.
And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.
On February 21st, 2013, Ryo Oyamada was struck and killed by a police cruiser while crossing the street. NYPD claimed that the cruiser’s lights and sirens were on before the collision, but multiple eyewitnesses stated otherwise, that the lights and sirens were only turned on afterwards, and that the cruiser was speeding in excess of 70 mph down a residential street. None of these eyewitnesses were interviewed for the police report.
That poor poor guy… to die that way! I’m utterly amazed the cop in question wasn’t fired and put on trial for manslaughter.
I was wondering when we were going to start using special effects to fake evidence.