Darryl Ayo Brathwaite (nervousystem) wrote,

"How About Alex," round 4 or 5 or something.

Can you read this or is the resolution too low? This is a screenshot on my phone so I’m sorry if you can’t read this.

Marvel editorial is determined not to “be wrong” so they published a fan letter in attempts to exonerate themselves of any ill will from the Uncanny Avengers number 5 speech written by Rick Remender.

Here’s my article on that matter: http://comixcube.com/2013/03/29/how-about-alex-or-the-one-punch-chump/

As you can see, this was written in March. Now it is September. Marvel editorial is still trying to say “no but see? We didn’t mean anything bad by it!”

Stop it. This is horrible. Your writer wrote a tonedeaf passage, your editors didn’t question it, people balked, you took a little heat, life went on. The problem now is Marvel continuing to attempt to hammer their point about being innocent. Stop it. Knock it off, right now. This is foolish.

Read my essay: http://comixcube.com/2013/03/29/how-about-alex-or-the-one-punch-chump/

It is brief, which is a rarity for me. It is short and focused.

And frankly, it takes more than a letter from one fan to insist that “oh it wasn’t like that.” It was exactly “like that.” People of color are not stupid. We can read. Living in a society that fears and hates you will actually make a person more perceptive to nuance, semantics and implication. You can’t publish a letter like this, declare it “letter of the month” and expect that people are stupid enough to take this for anything but a slap in the face to all of the people who took time out of their schedules to gently explain that the original strip was offensive.

You’d have to be pretty stupid to think that everybody else is that stupid.


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