Classic Remarks is a meme hosted at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. Founded and run by Briana and Krysta, Pages Unbound is one of my absolute favorite sites. So I always love when I can throw my two cents in on a Classic Remarks discussion. So, dear readers, let’s get the conversation rolling!
I have read a lot of articles and social media posts by black authors and activists over the last week who have said the same thing. In this moment in time, the role of white allies is to listen to and learn from black voices, to stand with the movement and march in solidarity, and, if needed, put our white privilege to a just use by placing our white bodies between the police and black bodies during peaceful demonstrations. What was stressed again and again is that this is not the time for white voices to lead, to speak out, and/or to make it “about us” – something, sadly, all too rare in American history. What is most important is for white Americans to listen and learn, to hear what our black sisters and brothers are saying and to follow their lead in the struggle against the sin of systemic racism. Continue reading
The idea of X-Men Gold and the whole “Resurrection” (I refuse to spell it with that stupid “X” – I get what you were going for Marvel but it’s dumb and I’m not playing) reboot seemed pretty exciting. After years on the periphery of relevance, Marvel was returning the X-Men to the spotlight. They were going to be battling super villains! Teaching new mutants! Symbolizing those rejected by society as they fought to protect a world that hated and feared them!!! The tropes that made the X-Men a cultural juggernaut in the 80’s and 90’s were coming back baby! X-Men Gold delivers wonderfully…but that’s all it seems to deliver. In being so familiar at the expense of pushing new ideas, X-Men Gold has come to symbolize a major cultural problem for me. Continue reading