Someone who is not me needs to deal with the two assholes who reblogged my reply to the “pearls clutching” post with more “BUT. RACE. DOESN’T. MATTER. YOU’RE. REDUCING. THEM. TO. THEIR. RACE.” and the OP trying to tone police.
Because I am done.
I am tired of having to…
I’ve also yet to see anyone point out that, with about three exceptions for race and two for gender, ALL the HYDRA personnel we see in CA:TWS are white. All of them. Rumlow, Rollins, the huge guy who looks like a professional wrestler, the controllers on the Helicarriers, the STRIKE team, Alexander “Aging White Male” Pierce - they’re all white, with Pierce in particular looking, dressing, speaking, and behaving like a WASP from Chevy Chase or Silver Springs. There is one Asian on the team that tries to capture Steve in the elevator and one black man in a suite who’s probably a field agent, there *might* be one black in the STRIKE team that hunts Steve and Natasha in the mall (I haven’t seen the film since May and am not sure), and Sitwell is played by a Hispanic actor although the character’s ethnicity is never specified, but that’s it. Not only that, the commander of the Project Insight helicarriers not only is a middle aged white man, he has a noticeable Southern accent.
That in and of itself is making a statement: that the forces that are trying to bring about the New World Order, the group that is charged with eliminating “threats” and achieving HYDRA’s dream, are almost all light skinned men.
Even better, opposing them are two teams, consisting of, respectively:
- an unreconstructed male New Dealer from a once-despised ethnic group (Irish Catholic), two African-American males, one female Russian immigrant, and two light-skinned females, one of whom might be related to an interracial family; and
- a white middle-aged fanboy of the New Dealer, one male immigrant from the Celtic fringe, one female immigrant in a non-stereotypical female position, one African-American male who may be part of an interracial family, and two Asian women.
It’s as if Marvel decided that, at least in this one movie and the TV series that led directly into it, they might want to pit a gender and ethnically balanced group of Good Guys against a near-white group of Bad Guys.