First, I want you to look at the illustration below.
Now think about this scenario:
Frank is a teenager of 12 years old. One of his parents is black, the other is white. Frank goes to a public school and has a lot of friends.
But we all have been at school at some point and you know, as much as I know, that teenagers can be very cruel to each other, especially at school.
At recreation, Frank and his friends play a regular game, where they have to act or represent a hero of their origins, or their culture.
Frank, knowing he's half black and half white, has two choices of heroes he saw on TV: On one side he has Superman: A badass superhero, with super strength, lasers in his eyes, breath of ice, invulnerability, big muscles, hyper speed and a cool outfit. On the other side, he has Kirikou: a naked little African baby who runs on a village.
My question to you is this: WHO DO YOU THINK FRANK WILL CHOOSE??
Now imagine his friend Jamal, who plays the same game. Jamal is exactly like Frank, but both of his parents are black. Therefore, he has no choice but to be Kirikou. And again, teenagers can be very cruel to each other.
Because of that, Jamal is abused, mocked and bullied at school. And to survive, he has to choice but to give up and mock his own culture, or pretend he hates it, because he has no good references in black fiction he can identify himself with. And this trauma will pursue him for the rest of his schooling, maybe even for the rest of his life.
How many Franks do you know? Or Jamals? If you have a child or a sibling who fits in this scenario what do you think will happen to him if you're not around?
Now I want you to look at this illustration:
Let's keep the context of our scenario:
Frank and his friends still play the same game. And he still has two choices of heroes.
But instead of having a naked African baby, he has Heat, a south African superhero who wields the power of the sun, who flies like a rocket and throws fireballs, with a red and golden armor inspired by the Zulu Tribes.
Frank might still choose Superman of course. And Superman is awesome, no argument there. But at least he has a fair choice. And he can look up proudly to his two cultures.
And Jamal might be so inspired by Heat that his life would change for the better, with Heat being a defining factor in shaping who he is, and the adult he will become.
Remember that Entertainment is knowledge. Knowledge is power. And power is respect. And the lack of black culture in fiction can be damaging to the future generations, if we do nothing about it.
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