The Oppression Olympics, by Elayne Riggs

Elayne Riggs

Elayne Riggs is the creator of the popular blog Pen-Elayne on the Web. She was a founding member of Friends of Lulu, an organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of girls and women in comics, as readers and creators. She is married to inker Robin Riggs, with whom she shares two cats, and has odd love/hate relationship with Hillary Clinton.

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  1. Russ Rogers says:

    I was curious about the hue and cry over black female characters becoming bleached. Interesting. I have recently become aware of controversy involving Dwayne McDuffie's writing for the JLA Animated series and the JLA comics. It seems to bother some that the teams are more racially diverse … more black under McDuffie's pen. This seems to be the complete opposite controversy. Some say the JLA is getting too white, others say it's getting too black. It haven't noticed, but I haven't been a close follower of the JLA for about twenty years. Personally, I don't mind a bit of affirmative action in comics. Action is almost always good for comics.McDuffie's tounge in cheek proposal for a super team called "Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers", circa 1989, is hilarious! Check it out, here:

  2. mike weber says:

    One point – as a Bohemian-American (only the third native-born generation; my great-grandfathers were both immigrants – one a draft-dodger, at that), i consider myself just as "native" an American as any Cherokee, Apache, Seminole of Penobscott.There *are* no "Native Americans" in that context; we're all immiogrant-descended. The difference between my immigrant forebears and *their* immigrant forebears was that theirs were able to walk; mine had to use a ship to get here. I like the Canadian term, "First Tribes" or "First Americans"; it's more-or-less accurate.BTW – did you see the report that *all* American Indians can trace their ancestry to one or more of three women who apparently lived in "Beringia", the now-sunken territory that constituted the land-bridge from Asia to the Americas?

  3. Anonymous says:

    *cough*that would be "First Nations."