MARTHA THOMASES: Hunger Games – Black Like Thee?

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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17 Responses

  1. allen says:

    This was an inciteful article, and I am inclined to agree with the author on all points (except one, i imagine my favorite cat as being black, but i suppose that’s because his meow reminds me of Q-Tip), but the skittle’s comment? In bad taste, and uncalled for on a comic site.

  2. allen says:

    lol at my misspelling before someone else decides to point it out :)

  3. allen says:

    or perhaps because it incited me to post it’s ok? more lolz. sorry just got off a 13 hour shift and reading about Trayvon. It’s too soon to make jokes :(

  4. Jeremiah Avery says:

    I forget who it was, exactly, but a commentator made a nice snarky comment about those up in arms over the ethnicity of the character: “I guess according to these bigots, black people shouldn’t have survived the Apocalypse?”

  5. Ian says:

    Haha, Avery, that right there is very quotable. It’s a pity you don’t know who said it. Serves the bigots right, heh.

  6. Marthq Thomases says:

    Allen, I don’t understand your reaction to my Skittles comment. It is the whole point of the column. Why do you say it is out of line?

    • Marathon says:

      I find I agree with Allen, but for different reasons- The whole situation there isn’t sorted out yet, clear evidence hadn’t been found or presented before everyone lit their torches and took their pitchforks in hand.
      Otherwise, the article calls great attention to the ignorance of people.

  7. allen says:

    My apologies then, I thought your column was about fictional characters in a fictional setting and idiots getting mad about having their expectations crushed because of their inherent insecurities and opinions, and like I said, I actually agree with your entire article except I see my cat as black based on his voice. my only point was that the Trayvon comment was in bad taste, because that’s not a fictional setting or a fictional person, but a very real dead teenager, and (IMHO) not something that should be relegated to a closing snipe in an otherwise very good article. If the article was actually about that dead teenager, then I missed the point completely.

    • Gement says:

      The connection is that the way we react to fiction, and the way fiction shapes us, is intimately connected to how we react to reality.

      People who are up in arms about a dark-skinned character contaminating their movie probably also have deep-seated emotional reactions to dark-skinned humans contaminating their neighborhoods or walking near them in the street. (Whether they acknowledge/act on those emotions or not.)

      Perpetuating those reactions is how things like dead teenagers happen.

  8. Mindy Newell says:

    FANTASTIC column, Martha!!!!!

  9. Robert says:

    Humans, like every other animal on this planet are naturally prejudiced. Prejudging is not a crime, we find comfort in that which is familiar. Hollywood knows catering to the majority demographic (Caucasians) is what’s going to sell tickets. And NO thinking your dog is White is NOT racist, it’s human. Except my cat IS Taiwanese, because that’s the family I bought Mei-Mei from.

    • Dan Dusheck says:

      You’re just repeating racism-apologia talking points. “It’s capitalism to appeal to white people” “racism is natural.” All you’re doing is proving how monstrous capitalism and nature can sometimes be.

      Although for the record there’s not exactly a solid scientific consensus for racism being natural and shared by all animals.

      • The evil says:

        The T rex is dead, Today the author may make you angry but tomorrow she will still be an author and you will still be a moron.