Black and White and Startlingly Offensive All Over

Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese: A Few Observations

(Black and White and Startlingly Offensive All Over – Part 5) Readers looking for reviews, synopses and reading guides pertaining to Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese should head straight to the links above. (1) Gene Yang’s comic concerns an American-born Chinese boy called, Jing Wang, and his journey of self-discovery through the largely white American […]

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I Demand More Patriotic Comics, Damn It (Black and White and Startlingly Offensive All Over)

We’ve had a lot of interesting comments on the race and comics roundtable, some of which point in similar directions — so rather than going through and saying the same thing over and over, I thought I’d try to hit some main points in this post. So to start with, I thought I’d address a […]

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Racism: Two-Fisted Solutions in the Mighty Marvel Manner (Black and White and Startlingly Offensive All Over)

Superheroes solve problems by hitting them very hard. This strategy works will enough when they’re fighting mad scientists, robots, or radioactive dinosaurs, but it doesn’t seem particularly well-suited for persistent social ills like racism. How are superheroes supposed to deal with a problem that has no specific face to punch? The answer, of course, is […]

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Black and White and Startlingly Offensive All Over, Part Three: The Ambivalence Trap

It’s easy enough to rake comics over the coals for their viciously racist past, for all the loinclothed cannibalistic African savages with bones through their noses rampaging across jungle stories, for the puffy-lipped google-eyed Ebony “Mistah Spirit”ing this and “Mistah Spirit”ing that. (Ebony’s replacement, the parka-garbed, spear-toting Eskimo tot Blubber was hardly an improvement, though […]

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Black and White and Startlingly Offensive All Over: Part Two, Mainstream Comic Breakdown

I’m going to be talking today about race in mainstream comics. Not all of them, just the handful I’ve picked up and read, and blogged about. Before anyone protests that I haven’t read enough of the story to know about the level of racism in the comics, I’d like to explain that I’m not looking […]

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Bound to Blog: Wonder Woman #19 (Black and White and Startlingly Offensive All Over)

This is the first in a roundtable on race in comics titled Black and White and Startlingly Offensive All Over. It’s also the latest in a series of posts on the Marston/Peter run on Wonder Woman. ___________________________________ William Marston indulges in the occasional vicious asian or Jewish stereotype during his run on Wonder Woman. He […]

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