Michael Davis: Haters Gotta Hate!
Chief among our haters are a small but vocal group of black comic book creators. Back in the good old days we were just called house niggers and we were hated because DC Comics owned us.
The fact that Milestone was never, not 20 years ago and not today, owned by DC Comics is irrelevant. It’s simply ignored by those who want to say we have somehow sold out the black race by any association with any white company.
I never got that.
Most successful black entertainment companies have some association with or are flat out owned by white companies. If the product is a good one and is focused on the African-American consumer I don’t see the problem.
Now, white backed black companies that market to poor urban black consumers products such as spinning rims, $200.00 sneakers and 40oz beers, promoting these and other items as lifestyle must haves to young black kids… now that I can see black people having a issue with.
I can see calling a white owned black company a bunch of house niggers if they were producing products that underscore a thug lifestyle as desirable.
But if a white owned black company was producing worthwhile products for the black community why would anyone call them house niggers? Why would any black person call them house niggers?
Milestone isn’t owned by a white company.
We produce positive comics and television animation featuring African-Americans role models not seen enough in pop culture. They are good stories well told and considered among some of the best comics ever produced by some.
Yet some just consider us house niggers because they think (wrongly) a white company owns us.
Forget the stories we are telling. Forget the excellence in the work. We are house niggers because a white company owns us.
Except we aren’t owned by a white company, but even if were why call the work we do the labor of house niggers?
I just don’t get that.
We’re an independent black owned company that has produced work that 20 years after our debut and 16 years after we ceased monthly publishing is still held in the highest of regard.
Our television show Static Shock has been on the air somewhere non-stop since 2000. Milestone has a worldwide audience and a dedicated fan base like no other.
The biggest pop culture event in the world just honored us with a celebration and bestowed on us one of the most significant awards in comics.
But to some black comic book creators we will always be house niggers.
OK. I get that. Haters got to hate. Hate us, hate whitey, and hate anything and everything they are not or can be.
In the 20 years since Milestone came to be we have never, and I’ll say it again, never attacked any black creator or company. But for all of our two decades we were and still are the target of countless attacks and outright lies.
I just don’t get it.
We never attacked anyone we rarely responded and when we did our response was; ‘there’s room for everybody.’ That was not just Milestone’s company line we believed it then we believe it now.
Recently a black creator of some renown wrote that he believed Milestone may have been given his companies’ business plan and used that to create the plan for Milestone.
That did not happen. It couldn’t have happened. It was impossible.
Milestone was already in the stores months before the date he assumed we stole his plan.
He has since acknowledged he was wrong in that regard. His creation and talent and are both still considered brilliant not just by me but every surviving member of Milestone. Our partner who did not survive loved his work as much if not more than the rest of us.
I’m not mentioning the work or creator because that sad chapter between his camp and Milestone is closed and I don’t want to give the impression they are the reason I’m writing this.
They are not.
Some other black creators are now saying Milestone not only stole the business plan but Milestone itself was “inspired” by and only came to be because of the idea and hard work of another black publisher.
So Denys Cowan’s idea wasn’t his idea and our business plan wasn’t our plan.
So now we are house niggers, lairs and thieves.
OK. I’ll be your house nigger if that’s how you define house niggers in your world. In your world I’ll be that. Since I don’t live in said world, what the do I care?
However, in no one’s world will Milestone be anyone’s lairs or thieves.
So, haters, think what you will. Say what you will. Believe what you will.
That’s on you.
I’ve no idea why you hate us the way you do but have at it. Continue to voice your hate in your forums, your on-line chats, your next hate Milestone meeting, any and all public and private social media.
But listen to this very carefully. Whatever you say, just be prepared to prove it. I’ll say that again, whatever you say, be prepared to prove it.
Be prepared to prove we are lairs. Be prepared to prove we are thieves.
Because sure as shit you continue to slander us you will be asked to prove it. Stick with calling us house niggers that you won’t have to prove. It’s laughable to us anyhow so feel free.
Slandering me and my Milestone partners as lairs and thieves, that’s no laughing matter to me. We are neither and continuing to say we are you will be asked to prove it. That question will come in a targeted legitimate onslaught. So unforgiving will the correspondence asking for your proof be, I shudder to think about it.
Shut up, put up, or pay up.
I’m fed up.
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