lord of flies Posted November 24, 2009 Share Posted November 24, 2009 I've been musing on the "hatred of mutants" trope in things like X-Men. How would anti-mutant sentiment develop, and as a corollary, how would pro-mutant sentiment develop? For example, pro-black sentiments have often been channelled into rejection of things identified with the white power structure: see, for example, Malcolm X's conversion to Islam. But mutants, as generally portrayed, have no cultural legacy; and on the other hand, neither do their foes. Gays can look back on Rome or Greece; homophobes can call forward centuries of church dogma. The same goes for sexism, "religionism" and racism: these are traditions centuries old, and hated communities which are similarly old. To take a particularly outlying example: european racism towards the native americans. While the europeans had no prior contact, they could build their racism on the old molds of religious hatred: thus the idea of the Aztecs as members of an insane human sacrifice culture. On the opposite end, the native americans could build their anti-racism on their millenia of unique history, which it is still predicated on. Mutants have no cultural legacy. They do not smoothly fit in or correspond to any previously hated group, as "native americans" fit into "heathens." One could make the comparison to witches, but that kind of "fear of the supernatural" is mostly restricted to the third world in the modern era. Perhaps some small towns might get really afraid of a local kid who glows in the dark, but most people nowadays view the world through a particular, secular spectrum. I can see a certain justification for mutant racism, as wrapping into that anti-"dangerous people" cypher, but surely there would be something deeper? I mean, this kind of reactionary discrimination generally has a motley crew of explanations which serve to disguise "I don't like it because," and so does the anti-discriminatory movement. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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