superman is an immigrant

explicitly mentally ill superman > superman that just smiles 24/7

superman who struggles to save a world who is afraid of him and hates him and rejects > superman who has the world falling over in adoration of him

superman who indirectly learns the good of humanity through the people closest to him > superman automatically knowing what is Good™ and Bad™ and what is Justice™

superman whose inner conflict and self doubt comes from his low self esteem/depression/mental illness > superman who questions his self only when he temporarily loses his powers

superman whose lois lane doesn’t love him “despite” his mental/emotional debilitation but loves him WITH those struggles > superman whose lois lane is a one-dimensional love interest

superman who feels so alienated from human beings but couldn’t be more human, whose perspective is told from that of an immigrant’s > superman who is shown perfectly adjusted in society

superman whose social awkwardness is actually a result of his social anxiety > superman whose social awkwardness is part of a ruse to keep people off his scent that he’s superman

millennial superman > silver age superman basically

I am 1st generation Nicaraguan-American and 5th generation German-American. My mother went on a 4 month journey to the United States in search of her mother, my Abuela. In April of 2000 my mother finally reached the United States. She met my father a 4th generation German-American. Together they began building a life for my brothers and I. In June of 2014 my mom became an American citizen. She now has a Bachelor’s degree, is a paralegal, and going back to law school. She has inspired me to fight for the many undocumented immigrants without a voice. I am the American Way.

reasons to go watch batman vs. superman and suicide squad

batman vs. superman:

  • doesn’t ignore superman’s undeniable immigrant status and shows us prejudice against immigrants i.e. when the crowd is chanting “go home, go home” in the trailer
  • explores themes such as power corrupting and the idea that superman can be both a hero and a villain
  • the cinematography
  • possible aquaman cameo
  • possible justice league cameo, as batman and superman may assemble the justice league at the end of the film
  • batman will see superman as more of a threat than an ally, as will lex luthor, but unlike luthor batman will eventually come to trust superman.
  • basically if you ship superbat this movie is for you 
  • wonder woman will not be a rival of lois lane

suicide squad:

  • more PoCs in this movie than in all 10 of Marvel’s films (on your right, i guess)
  • live-action harley quinn
  • this movie has 4 lead women, 2 of which are women of colour
  • adewale akinnuoye-agbaje (who is playing killer croc) did not spend what is probably several hours in make-up (it’s the worst thing ever) for you to not go see this movie
  • will smith in a DC movie. will. freakin’. smith. 
  • we get to see harley’s growth in the film. she starts off ‘property of the joker’ and becomes her own person by the movie’s end
  • viola davis will be playing amanda waller who is a tough, no nonsense WoC anti-hero who not only manages to ralley a bunch of supervillains into action but has been known to intimidate even batman in the past. she was also an early example of body positivity in comics (despite that being epically derailed in the comics nowadays)
  • the cast is a mix of seasoned actors and fresh talent, providing an opportunity for a variety of people to shine
  • could possibly explore the reason why harley is estranged from the joker (jason todd’s death) that will both humanize harley and set up events in future DC films (iNCLUDING A POSSIBLE RED HOOD MOVIE GET WRECKED)
  • did i mention live-action harley quinn?
  • edit:  of suicide squad’s 14 actors, more than half aren’t white men. also, includes little seen diversity on screen, with latino actor (jay hernandez), a native american actor (adam beach), and a japanese actress (karen fukuhara)

I’m reading Superman Birthright right now I think Superman is such an important character for anyone who is an immigrant or a child of immigrants.

Superman is an immigrant who is trying to connect with his Kryptonian culture and he struggles to do it because he can’t read the language and he can’t visit Krypton since it doesn’t exist anymore. 

This is a similar situation that immigrant adolescents or children of immigrants go through. There are lots of people out there who would love to touch base with their culture but simply can’t for a multitude of reasons—plane tickets being expensive, travel not being feasible, etc. So they do what they can in the current country they are in to learn about their culture and to proudly represent their culture. 

What I love the most about Superman is that some of his storylines and dilemmas mirror a lot of situations that immigrants and children of immigrants have to go through. We have to go through finding our identity, fitting in with a culture when we are so different from it, dealing with the isolation, attempting to find out what our purpose is in a world that doesn’t seem to accept us. 

I am also so thankful for real life people like Martha and Jonathan Kent who make their adopted child feel comfortable and welcome. I am also so thankful for partners like Lois Lane who makes an attempt to understand Clark/Superman and helps connect him to humanity. 

Superman’s stories are more important now than ever in such a painful election cycle where hate and ignorance seem to be winning more and more every day. 

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster: *write Superman as an immigrant character with Jewish motifs and allusions in his backstory and code of ethics*

Hollywood: Okay but how can we shit all over that?

Hollywood: *Make Superman into Jesus*

Hollywood: Not enough

Hollywood: *Make Superman into Jesus, again*

Hollywood: Not quite insulting enough, though.

Hollywood: *Make Superman into Hitler*

Hollywood: There.

what he says: I’m fine

anonymous asked:

do you think mexicans and latin americans are more likely to accept superman?, obviously we have to take on account the different cultures, traditions and religions, but in a general way, what is your opinion?superman as powerful being?Also, I wanted to ask if you have seen Justice League Gods and Monsters? and how do you feel about Superman portrayal, raised by Mexican immigrants to the U.S. Growing up in a family that's an oppressed racial minority?

I’d like to say something and this isn’t specific to you Anon in any way, but it’s something I feel needs to be said. 

Guys, I’m not Mexican. I don’t feel comfortable stating how Mexicans feel on their culture, their race politics, etc. I am Afro-Boricua and even then I don’t feel like it’s my place to speak on certain issues. So please don’t come to me asking how Mexicans feel on certain topics, I can not answer that. Please seek out actual Mexican bloggers and outlets and listen to them. 

To answer your question, I honestly don’t know? Like, I don’t see why Latinx Americans (specifically US Latinx Americans since I can’t really speak for an entire sub-continent and continent) would be more or less accepting of Superman than any other culture or group. He’s still an alien who can destroy basically anything and everything. So I’m sure people would be divided (either for or against) him in all parts of Latinx American countries. I don’t think they’d be all worshiping like we saw in the film though. Some may view Superman as a god-like figure, but not a literal mythical god. 

I have seen Justice League: Gods and Monsters and wasn’t that impressed. It was basically Bruce Timm’s AU fanfiction of the Trinity which is fine but I didn’t find the story that engaging. 

I thought if they explored Clark being adopted by Mexican immigrants more that would have been more interesting. Instead I was a little uncomfortable with the fact that borderline evil Superman (or very much a morally gray and willing to murder and did murder Superman) was raised by a Mexican couple. When everyone knows that Clark gets his strong moral compass from his parents, so the implications behind the switch were a little bit off putting. And he lacked any strong cultural ties (I think he said “dios mio” once it’s been a long while since I’ve seen the film) to his Mexican identity. Which is usually what happens when non-Latinxs write a story about Latinx people. Not all the time of course, but a majority of the time from what I’ve seen/read. 

Basically it could have been done a lot better. 

I hope I didn’t come off as to…aggressive in this response Anon. If I did I apologize. 

Why I love Superman

Superman is an under appreciated character. 

And I could talk about this for hours. I will FIGHT YOU is you tell me that Superman isn’t a good character.

Ready? Here we go.

Let’s start at the beginning. Superman was created in 1938 by two young men, immigrants. Superheroes had not entered popular culture yet, and the idea of Superman, an alien living on Earth disguised as a reporter, was turned down countless times. When they finally got the idea accepted, and the first comic strips were released, Superman immediately rose to fame. 

Superman stood for the people. Anybody and everybody was worth saving to him. He tried to see the best in everyone. 

He became a part of culture. He fought alongside the troops during World War 2. He saw the horrors of war, the confusion of the 60s, the turmoil of the 70s, the ups and downs of our culture. He’s existed for almost 100 years. His symbol, the “S”, is the second most recognized symbol next to the Christian cross. Without him, modern Superheroes as we know them may not exist. He’s a part of our history, our present, and our future. 

Now, my favorite part about Superman. 

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If you call him Superman a lot, maybe you’re really into the superheroics of his life, and appreciate the sort of grand altruism in which he partakes.

If you call him Clark, maybe you’re all about how Superman almost ironically defines what it means to be human 

And if you call him Kal-El, maybe you love the metaphor that Superman represents as an immigrant from another culture who finds a home and acceptance on Earth without losing his original heritage  

This comment was made on my Huffington Post article, “Immigrants Are the American Way.” [xI tried responding to this comment, but I wrote too much and it wouldn’t let me post. So I’m posting my response here instead.

Thank you for your comment. Yes, Superman is indeed a fictional character. But he is also an immigrant. An immigrant is someone who comes to live permanently in a foreign country (in his case, planet). This applies to me as I came here 18 years ago and plan to stay here for the rest of my life. I am not allowed to apply to be a resident and much less a citizen. I would pay any dues I had to and I would be waiting my turn if there was a line I could stand in, this I promise you.

My parents left Argentina, not a third world country, not that that is important (and I really hate the phrase “third world,” it’s archaic and offensive). Immigrants are statistically more likely to start a business, thus creating jobs and stimulating the American economy. Why would we come to a country seeking opportunity and try to make the country like the place we chose to leave? As immigrant we are cognizant that a strong country means better lives. I am very proud of where I came from, I love my Argentine culture. Furthermore, not only did I not come to this country “illegally” (my family came here in a plane as you do), but it is also not a crime to be undocumented. 

Now that you bring it up, my parents recently purchased a pretty rad American flag. Here is a picture of my sister and me in front of it celebrating July 4th this year: 

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I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be Argentinean. These are not mutually exclusive. It is important to recognize our heritage and to acknowledge the presence of diversity in this country. It is also important for you not to categorize all immigrants as one entity. Our plight bonds us, but we are incredibly diverse hailing from hundreds of nations. Don’t you dare say I do not love this country. This country is all I know and I would not be fighting so hard to stay here if I didn’t love it. 

I simply want to be recognized as a citizen by the law, the law that currently doesn’t offer me a path to citizenship. I am already an American in every other capacity. 

“Immigrants have been good to America; they’ve created some of your most American things. "God Bless America”: written by a Siberian. Levi’s Jeans: a Bavarian. The White House: designed by an Irishman. Superman: a Kryptonian, who was co-created by a Canadian.

John Oliver, himself an immigrant, agrees that immigration reform is important and it needs to happen now. Watch the rest of his segment on immigration here.

anonymous asked:

Okay, personally, I think that "Superman is an Immigrant" campaign to be extremely preposterous. Superman is a superhero, /he is not bound by the government's laws./ He's allowed to do things no one else is; he's allowed to break laws as long as he's doing it for a good reason that is helpful to society. That includes being from another planet. (Also: where would we deport him to, lbr.)

That’s totally not the point of the campaign, though. The intention is not to directly apply the exact instances of a specific work of fiction to the world we live in; it’s to use storytelling as a vessel for social change. The idea of it- that people who are not initially from a country can still be an immense power for good in that country, regardless of their immigration status- that’s extremely applicable regardless of the specific canon bits. 

And also, I totally disagree with your assertion that Superman is allowed to do things outside the government. Superheroes get a lot of shit for being vigilante crimefighters, and while I’m not super familiar with Superman (I’m more of a Marvel girl, honestly), I bet that’s the case at least at some point in Superman, too. He’s not really /allowed/ to break laws, just, nobody has the power or will to stop him. Superheroes are basically criminals, but with moral compasses that match those of the population at large. Which ties back to immigration reform- there’s really no reason to deport people, documented or otherwise, who are contributing positively to society.