and it begins.
My problem here is as much with the person who wrote this for their blatant racism than it is with the confession blog who published it. I can’t help but feel like it’s cautioned because there is nothing stating that this isn’t the opinion of the blog owner.
We never do this and we will NEVER EVER do it again, but this is not our confession. Seriously, we say that all the time. The confessions posted are NOT those of the blog owners. So don’t even go starting and pointing fingers at us for being ‘racist’ because that is so far from the truth that it’s not even funny.
Hey you guys know I love your blog. You do a rough thankless job and become targets just because you run a confessions blog. I know you don’t agree with every confession you post, and you create the posts whether or not you agree with the sentiment. You give comic book fans a place to speak without editorializing. You’ve made your blog a platform that isn’t censored.
But in this particular case, what you did was provide a platform to an inherently racist sentiment. You might not agree with the confession, and I’m really hoping you don’t. But regardless of whether or not you agree with it, you gave voice to it. You gave racism a platform and allowed it to spread across the dash of every one of your followers.
Whether or not you agree with it, you spread it. You used your platform to spread it. That means, whether or not you agree with the racism behind the thought, you are complicit in spreading racist ideas. I’m hoping you’ve learned from this that you’re “no censoring” policy shouldn’t extend to actual harmful words and thoughts such as this type of racism.
Now, for the confession itself, even if we assume the submitter would whine the same way about Nu52 Wally, what is their problem? Redheads are already systematically over-represented in comic books, and nothing about his powers or character are dependent upon him having red hair. If your appreciation of Wally West is founded on him having red hair, then a) black people can have red hair and b) you’re missing the point of Wally West.
You don’t have to look far on my blog to know that Wally West is hands-down my favorite comic book character ever. So why can’t he be black?
- Can a black Wally West look up to Barry Allen?
- Can a black Wally West look up to the Flash?
- Can a black Wally West need a father figure?
- Can a black Wally West be impulsive and reckless?
- Can a black Wally West be funny or careless?
- Can a black Wally West love his aunt Iris while trying to keep his identity secret?
- Can a black Wally West be willing to take up his mentor’s mantle?
- Can a black Wally West struggle with poverty while still having super powers?
- Can a black Wally West be just as concerned about the rehabilitation of criminals as he is their capture?
- Can a black Wally West publicize his identity, and trade off that publicity to date super models?
- Can a black Wally West realize a life of skirt-chasing is rather empty and meaningless, and get swept off his feet by an opinionated and charismatic TV reporter?
- Can a black Wally West grow up and learn to be a mentor to the next generation of speedsters?
- Can a black Wally West become a mechanic and fix old police cars?
- Can a black Wally West risk his life to save his wife and children?
If anybody answers “No” to any of the above questions: congratulations, you’re racist. The main difference between a black Wally West and a white Wally West is that black Wally West will have to deal with the historic and systemic racist crap of people like you.