A writer at the Triad City Beat wrote about the X-Men’s history as an allusion to the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s for Free Comic Book Day, and says they still matter:
Did Stan Lee intend for the story of the mutants to be an allegory for the Civil Rights Movement? Were Xavier and Magneto stand-ins for Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X’s opposing ideals? That debate goes on, but 1968’s Stan’s Soapbox Editorial feature where Lee declared racial prejudice and bigotry to be the deadliest of social ills suggests he may have had awareness at some point. Writer Chris Claremont’s X-Men “God Loves, Man Kills” and other stories more firmly connected the plight of the mutants to that of those persecuted and oppressed in our world. Despite victories and strides forward, as the real world experienced the same, mutants were still persecuted and killed in the streets globally in the Marvel Universe.
Well today, those real life metaphors for mutants include conservatives, whites, Jews, Christians, blacks enslaved by Muslims in north Africa, and also native Europeans under threat from Islam. But did the columnist who wrote this piece intend to allude to that? If these modern issues don’t count, and only political correctness does, what’s the use of this whole argument?
Marvel Comics reflects the world outside your window and Marvel’s mighty mutants have caught up if not gotten ahead of today’s changing world. The X-Men still swear to protect a world that feared and hates them, but now it will be on their own terms and now is the time to read X-men comics.
Sorry, but I think not. If the writers at Marvel won’t recognize the phoniness of Black Lives Matter, or why the Portland riots are a serious wrong, or why BLM’s done as much harm to the black community as to anyone else, and won’t develop any metaphors to make the points, then they’re not reflecting the world outside our windows at all. In fact, who knows if the SJWs even believe the X-Men matter now? It’s not like they’ve sold well in a long time, and many of these PC advocates clearly aren’t buying and reading the X-books. Sadly, it’s clear that not only has Marvel fallen victim to SJWs exploiting the comics for extreme political agendas, the mainstream press isn’t interested in pointing this out either.
Originally published here.