This isn’t your typical hashtag video. We tend to stray away from political issues but, we thought this one was important. A lot of us are going to tune into Netflix to watch Marvel’s newest defender, Luke Cage. He’s a superhero with unbreakable skin, cleaning up the streets of Harlem. To some, he’s the affirmation of the black lives matter movement, to others he’s a way to celebrate another culture without denigrating your own. But realistically, it’s so much more.
Debuting in 1972, Luke Cage was created at a time where oppression and discrimination was prevalent, sad to say that 40 years later we’re still dealing with the same issues. Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, he was subjected to an experiment we slept with superhuman strength and bulletproof skin. Upon his escape and on the run Luke Cage uses his newfound abilities to help communities and serve in the example we can all strive for. His significance in pop culture can’t be denied, whether you study African American history or are just a comic book fan.
At a time where black lives are being lost for no reason, we could use a bulletproof black hero right now. We can use a Luke cage.
At the end of the day we’re all comic book fans and we all want to be entertained and who else better to do it than Marvel, but at the same time we can’t ignore the tragedies happening around us. Luke Cage is able to take bullets for those who can’t and right now I can’t think of a better superpower to have in black communities, you know what dude? All communities, than to be bulletproof
In light of recent events the world can seem pretty bleak and we need a little bit of hope Luke Cage and everything he represents can be that hope. With that said enjoy the show, I know we will, and Marvel that’s for giving us a hero that we need right now.