Superman: Illegal Alien
by Saab Lofton
I'll make this short and sweet (as opposed to my usual, thousand word-plus pieces): The anti-Latin bigotry in Arizona right now is savage and intolerable, but I have a weapon that Latinos/Latinas can use against it ...
Superman, the most popular fictional character in Human history, is by dictionary definition an illegal alien; at no time did Ma and Pa Kent from Smallville, Kansas call up I.N.S. and say, "We found a Kryptonian baby in a starship that crashlanded in our cornfield ..."
This is NOT a joke, I'm being deadly serious: It'd be a crime against Humanity if Superman's sole purpose was to make DC Comics/Time-Warner Communications billions of dollars, so use the character to beat bigots with ... Quit kissing up to idiot patriots by waving American flags at pro-immigration protests and start displaying that famous S symbol via T-shirts and so forth while crying out for all to hear, "If you'll accept Kal-El, then accept Miguel!"
In an episode of the hit TV series, Smallville (entitled Subterranean), a young Clark Kent stands up to his Human foster mother in the following scene ...
Martha Kent: I want to help this boy as much as you do, but I took an oath to uphold the law.
Clark Kent: All he's trying to do is find his mom!
Martha Kent: I know, but we have to go through the proper legal channels.
Clark Kent: Was it legal when you forged my adoption papers? I'm an illegal immigrant, Mom. You've been harboring me for over seventeen years!
... and at the end of the episode, Clark gets away with defying the law and helps Javier Ramirez anyway. Speaking of, Arizona's State Legislature recently passed SB 1070 -- legislation that effectively mandates racial profiling and police harassment of Latinos/Latinas, even though the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution prohibits unreasonable search/seizure. In addition, the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police opposes SB 1070.
This fucking sickens me. Anyone the least bit honest will admit that competing with immigrants for jobs AiN'T the issue -- if it was, these teabagging minutemen would aim their angst at the wealthy and the military for vampirically draining money which could just as soon be used to create ethical/eco-friendly jobs ...
"Wealthfare -- the money government gives away to corporations and wealthy individuals -- costs us more than $815 billion a year. That's more than four times what we spend on welfare for the poor."
--Mark Zepezauer, from his book, Take the Rich off Welfare
... oh, no. The issue is the same as it ever was: Racist white men are petrified of their daughters coming home with tan/brown skinned babies ... Except, of course, the only truly "interracial" couple is Superman and Lois Lane. Unfortunately, since both characters have pale skin, blue eyes and keen facial features, this rarely occurs to anyone (hence my purpose in life, I suppose).
The last time I was in Arizona (March 2008), I gave a lecture about the aforementioned at its biggest university, but obscure as I am, I doubt what I said had much resonance. I KNOW that using Superman to combat bigotry would work, but my advise probably won't be followed and countless Latinos/Latinas will suffer as a direct result of my censorship-induced obscurity.
Those within the corporately-owned mass media who've denied me coverage over the years will pay for what they've done. I swear it.