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Real Life Proves Why Luke Cage Endures


Luke Cage was created in 1972.

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. [...]

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.


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( 6 comments — Add your .02 )
Aug. 18th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, the fact that an imperviousness to bullets is still a relevant superpower for black men in modern society is sickening. This is really well-said and presented; succinct and powerful.
Aug. 19th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
You know, until this article I had never put together politically that that was WHY Luke Cage's superpower was imperviousness. I always read it as sort of an idealized "a good man will not be brought down" thing rather than a literalized "this is something that happens to black men a lot and this is why we will represent him this way." And then it was like, OH. OH I get it now. *is slow*
Aug. 19th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
always making me think.
Aug. 19th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, anon!
Aug. 19th, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
Thank you for this, sweetie.
Aug. 19th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting the links to how to help in Ferguson. I shared them on FB. :)
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