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Kieran Frost

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Subj: I understand your point, but I think it's very unnecessary
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 07:24:58 am EDT (Viewed 182 times)
Reply Subj: I apologize if this is offensive, as it was not the intention....
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 12:59:06 am EDT (Viewed 205 times)

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I apologize if this is offensive, as it was not the intention....

Issues regarding race are always a sensitive subject when being introduced into the public community.

However, I would like to remind everybody that Marvel Comics is an inspiring tool that is sold in different languages all over the world, in different countries and different continents. That is something I wanted people to keep an "open-mind" about. Embrace diversity and what you can learn from different cultures and people. Heroes are people that bring diverse human beings together with the optimism to create positive change in the world together. Marvel Comics belongs to the world, not just America. However, keep an "open mind" that even America is supposed to be known as "the mixing pot" and the reason why it is so beautiful in the first place is because it embraces ethnic diversity to increase its ability to think new thoughts, promote teamwork, and see the world in possible new lights. This is Marvel Comics, these characters aren't here to steal your job or anything. Its fictional writing meant to inpire the world and make it a better place.

The US Army that I have served in war overseas is filled with admirable heroes of ethnic diversity, and I believe it is right and just for the world to see it too. Gandolf Gray just said "diversity is empty" CRAP MAN !!! Have you ever left your hometown before? You don't have to freak out because you're not used to seeing people who are different. This is the Year 2009 already, sir. Wake-Up!

I'm going to reword the instructions better. Thank you for letting me know where I have been ignorant in my sensitivity. I have to remember sensitivity.

Sincerely sorry for the misunderstanding,

Let's just simply focus on ranking ten characters, okay?

I mean just look to your first post, and to all the people you listed. That's a really good thing, surely? That's a good indicator that Marvel doesn't need to "focus" on diversity; because it's already there. You have over 160 names there, at-least. Awesome! Why does Marvel need to focus on ethnic diversity then?

Take New Avengers for instance?
Leader: Luke Cage - black
Ms. Marvel - female, military
Spiderwoman - female and British
Ronin - orphan and "circus" person
Mockingbird - female, military
Wolverine - Canadian
Brother VooDoo - black
Stephen Strange
And of course, most are "super-beings" which means they are an ethnic group just on that factor. This is one of the main teams in Marvel; and it has only 2 white, American, heterosexual, "normal" (in terms of family background) male characters in it. And considering a very large chunk of Marvel readers are white, heterosexual, American males; I think that's a really good ratio. And does anyone care Luke Cage is black? I hope not. I hope when he was made leader no-one said "finally a black leader" because that shouldn't matter. Being black or white, male/female, gay/straight doesn't make you a better leader; or a better superhero.

Your poll was done with good intentions, but Marvel shouldn't EVER focus "more" or give "more attention" to a character because they are in an ethnic group. They should give focus to great characters, and bring into the fold great characters, and write about great characters. And if that character happens to be a female Vietnamese, all the power to them. But if they put her in purely BECAUSE she's a female Vietnamese, that's wrong. It's positive discrimination, and that's just wrong.

Hope this helped. \:\)

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