Next year when Donald Trump, our president-elect, takes office it will be 30 years since this ad was drawn to publicize interest in the comic Fall of the Mutants, a companion piece to Marvels’ X-Men God Loves, Man Kills and Days of Future Past. The story was a metaphor for the discrimination and spread of xenophobia that had pockets around the United States. So have we learned and grown since then? No, we very obviously have not.
As I heard the election results last night, I thought of the beginning of GLMK, when two young African American children are chased and killed by extremists who then string the dead youth up on a playground with a sign that declares them Muties. The shocking picture is reminiscent of how the KKK would make examples of their victims so others would live in fear. And now today, we have citizens that think it is alright to brand people with derogatory labels, and think that some people are less worthy than others.
We now have an elected leader who is a fear monger. Trump spreads hate and division everywhere, and I am terrified as to what his presidency will entail. Half of America brushed aside his hateful rhetoric, the allegations of sexual assault, his admitted tax evading, his bankruptcies, his swindling of students at his now defunct Trump University, and his mocking of people with disabilities. The KKK have endorsed Trump for they see characteristics they admire, and know they have a protector in him.
Dystopian futures are very popular in stories and movies but I worry we are facing this as a reality in the years ahead. This blog post is short and angry, but I shall end it on a hopeful note and quote Maya Angelou. Let her words of hope lead us as we head into an uncertain future.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Let us rise, America, let us rise.