Dwayne McDuffie (co-founder and creator of Milestone media and the comics writer who co-created Static Shock and other black comic book heroes) points out some of the reader responses to his final issue of Justice League of America, featuring the JLA teaming with Icon and Hardware in battle with Starbreaker:
I don’t think anyone will support an original black “mainstream” character. I know I won’t.
Maybe they should establish a separate league for all the negro superheroes. I’m not saying kick them ALL off. One would be okay. (Doesn’t Hollywood have some kind of law that says every movie has to have at least one black in it?) I just think they’re going overboard with all this diversity stuff. I mean, how many comics do minorities read anyway?
Superman in the Cotton Fields is a 2005 article by Scott Poole on systemic racism in the comics industry.
A racist society is one in which significant political and social capital rests in white hands, even if that society gives lip service and official tribute to the ideals of ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’. At least in the marginal art form of comics, African American representations are changing.
Mary Anne Mohanraj is guest-blogging on John Scalzi’s blog, Whatever:
That’s a starting assumption for me — the world is racist, the culture I grew up in is racist, I’ve internalized and carry around a hell of a lot of racist baggage, and on some deep level, many of my basic assumptions are racist. So are yours.