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Jan. 31st, 2013 | 07:34 am

I'm so glad Cracked.com alerted me to the existence of Connor Hawke, a comic book character who is supposed to be mixed race. His mom was half-black, half-Korean, and his dad is Green Lantern (white). So he looks like this:

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Because fuck genetics, am I right? I find it great that the comic book writers or artists or whoever cared enough about "diversity" to include a multi-racial character but not enough to do research on what actual multi-racial people look like. Actually, from what I can tell, a lot of comic book artists were like "fuck it" and just drew him as that one white guy they always draw. I guess Connor Hawke should look more like Tiger Woods or something, even if he does dye his hair and his eyebrows.

I've always wondered if these kinds of misrepresentations in the media are just plain ignorance or if they represent some kind of white-person denial about how most Caucasian phenotypes are recessive?

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Melissa

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from: melissa_maples
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Well hello, stranger.

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Sex and a dog-eared paperback dictionary

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from: redcoast
date: Feb. 7th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Hi! This is awkward, but you speak Turkish, right? Do you know what this means?

LAN MAL MAL GİFLER HAZIRLAMAYIN. KİM GAY SİZSİNİZ GAY. SUSUN LAN.

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Melissa

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from: melissa_maples
date: Feb. 7th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Let me guess, this is a YouTube comment? This is one of presumably two idiots arguing about who's the bigger faggot. And this one is telling the other one not to make any more gifs. And to shut the fuck up. And "I'm not gay, you are." Fine literature you've stumbled across here.

I don't actually speak much Turkish, but I'm pretty good at reading.

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Sex and a dog-eared paperback dictionary

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from: redcoast
date: Feb. 7th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
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It's actually a comment from Tumblr, directed at me, so apparently I'm gay and shouldn't make anymore gifs. I thought it might be something like that.

I don't actually speak much Turkish, but I'm pretty good at reading.

I'm like that with Spanish.

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Jim Smith

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from: jim_smith
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
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I remember when they introduced this character in 1994. I must have seen him dozens of times over the last 20 years, and this is literally the first time I ever heard he was supposed to be mixed race. He always looked lily-white to me. The picture above is probably the brownest I have ever seen him.

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My name is Freezer and my anti-drug is porn

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from: freezer
date: Feb. 1st, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
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That was a major problem with the character: No one could come up with a consensus on what he was supposed to look like so artists would draw him with features all over the place.

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Sex and a dog-eared paperback dictionary

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from: redcoast
date: Feb. 7th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Why didn't they just do some research on people with the same ethnic background as the character and then oh who am I kidding

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Steven Johnson

"his dad is Green Lantern (white)"

from: steven_johnson
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Which one is that... Hal Jordan? Guy Gardner? (There are probably other white Green Lanterns I'm forgetting)

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Jim Smith

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from: jim_smith
date: Feb. 1st, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
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His dad is Green Arrow, Redcoast doesn't know nothin' about comic books.

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Ani Bester

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from: ani_bester
date: Jan. 31st, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Oh don't get me started.
My personal feelings are as soon as you decided Dick Grayson was going to be Romani,, an editorial mandate should have gone out to ALL the colorists about skin tone change.

But of course that did not happen.
Not to mention Damian. I do get that some mixed kids DO favor the white parent. So if Damian were the only case of this I'd not mind so much but case after case after case... that looks wrong.

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Pitten \\ Chaotic Serenity

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from: wrongly_amused
date: Feb. 1st, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
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Unless he has a very specific strand of Melanesian heritage, he has no reason to look that way. 9_9

I think it's called the "But Not Too Black!" trope. We can mention diversity, but if we show that we care enough to research it properly, that may alienate our young, white, male demographic!

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My name is Freezer and my anti-drug is porn

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from: freezer
date: Feb. 1st, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
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A) Connor's dad is Green Arrow - a mantle Connor took up for a while.

B) I was annoyed the article ignored the fact that both Connor and John Stewart overcame their sketchy origins to become beloved characters. The other four... Not so much.

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from: redcoast
date: Feb. 7th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Arrow, Lantern - there should be only one person with "green" in their name, it's confusing.

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