Comics' Place in Protests

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What I want to talk about though is I want to talk. About how? FANDOM. Has. Influenced me and can't influence. All of us and how and some of the ways that it has? In support insupportable of these protests that are going on right now. And we'll actually in support and in protest of the protests. Of a funny way to do that, I've seen people sharing some. Images from comic books and from TV shows. And I just WANNA share I wanNA. Talk a little bit about how fandom. CAN SHAPE US and should shape us if you listen to our Fanta five with Jam Bell. He talks a lot about how phantom. Influenced Him and taught him how to. Fight for the little guy and help out those around us and I think now more than ever. That's an important time I've realized as I've been talking to people this week. That a lot of the way that I deal with conflict has been from the Book Enders Game I. Know It's a it's A. It's a property from a controversial creator, but that book really did shape a lot of my young adult views and thoughts on life i. What I'm, GONNA conflict with somebody. oftentimes I will look at both sides of the argument. Try to understand the people that I am arguing with and not just understand where they're coming from. But in to to a point that I can feel some empathy for them, and it's difficult. It's hard right now. My heart is hurting for so many different people for so many different reasons. But? There is right and there's wrong. One of the one of the quotes that I've seen thrown around. and see throwing around frequently whenever there's somebody who feels that there is some injustice going on something that they are being told is important. To stand up for, and it's a good quote when you look at it from that aspect but it's one of my least favorite quotes from all of comics. This is captain America from. From the comic books. In this panel he says doesn't matter what the press says doesn't matter what the politicians or the mob say doesn't matter. The whole country decides that something wrong. Is something right? This nation was founded on one principle above all else. The requirement that we stand up for what we believe. No matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you move. Your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth and tell the whole world. Know you move. It's A. It's an inspiring quote. And on its surface, it has inspired many to do the right thing and I will. I will give it that. It is also a slightly. Problematic quote. In the sense that uses in this quote. The principal above all else the requirement that we stand up for what we believe. What you believe is not always right what you believe. Is Not always. WHAT SHOULD BE? and. Planting yourself like a tree. Being immovable is. Is Not how Captain America. Has Been portrayed in so many of the media that I have that's how the punishers portrayed. Yes, it does say that you need to yourself like a tree beside the river of truth. And the problem with that. Is that. We can't agree on what truth is anymore. So I went to the arbiter of truth, wikipedia Pun intended. and. In there for under the under truth, it says. Truth is most often used to mean being accord with fact. Or Fidelity to an original or standard. Truth also sometimes defined in modern context and this is important. Is Divide as an ideal of truth to self or authenticity. You could share this quote from Captain America in an alt-right group that. Advocates genocide. And get a million likes at a thousand shares. This is something that is on its surface, strong and powerful, but when you boil it down because they neutered it by saying what you believe. It makes it. Me Nothing. So if you believe that police brutality is not an issue. Then what this is telling you is you stand next to that and you don't move. If. You believe that racism is not real. This is saying do not move. And what I'm saying is that you need to. We always need to be looking at our views and our takes on the world. And making sure that they're are the right things, and if we're wrong changing, and that does not make us a hypocrite to change our views and our and our viewpoints. It makes us

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