The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder for June 04, 2023
Huey: I'm not crazy, right? Storm from the X-Men is supposed to be black? Caesar: Yep. She's supposed to be a "goddess" in Africa. Apparently Africans are so "primitive" they mistake superheroes for deities. Huey: Do you see the racial politics at work here? Like with Halle Berry's wig in the movie...the obsession with long, straight hair? Caesar: Yeah...I guess. I dunno. She looks kinda black, in a Robin Givens sorta way... Huey: It's the glorification of the European ideal! It's not just stupid, it's downright offensive! She doesn't look remotely African. Caesar: Maybe she has some heretofore unmentioned hair-relaxing mutant power. Or maybe she just has a super-weave. Who knows? Huey: This is exactly the kind of thing that assaults the self-esteem of young black girls. Well I'm not standing for it!! I'm going to create a black superhero team with a token white woman and give her a big ol' nappy 'fro - see how they like it! Caesar: Good idea!! I'll grab some markers. We'll call her White Lightning!