Definition of a Superhero: “A fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers” or also “An exceptionally skillful or successful person.”
No, this isn’t just another attempt to bring diversity to the universe of superheroes, which is obviously dominated by white males. But I will admit that there aren’t exactly many well-known black female superheroes. Black Widow isn’t even black. Marvel’s Storm (from X-Men) is one of the few. The movie Black Panther introduced us to Okoye and Shuri, but Okoye is just a bodyguard with exceptional martial arts skills and Shuri is only their chief scientist. Still, just because people don’t have superhuman skills doesn’t mean they cannot accomplish super results. We could really use a bit of “truth, justice, and the American way” these days, but Superman isn’t here to deliver. So what do we do?
What makes superheroes super is their ability to save us from something that mere mortals cannot. What is it that only black female conservatives can do? I contend that they are best suited to lift the black community out of poverty, broken families, and crime and can therefore save all of America from the divisive, self-inflicted hatred coming from those who claim that our entire society is cursed by inherent and systemic white privilege, racism and sexism.
Black women sit at the intersection of several major social issues. But whereas most white liberals and black community activists generally take the view that racism and sexism are to blame, conservative black women like Candace Owens take the view that racism and sexism are no longer the primary obstacles to success in the black community. Instead, they cite factors such as the growing problem of teenage pregnancies and abortions, broken, fatherless families, where most black children are born out of wedlock and live with an unmarried working mother, and a male culture that lacks respect for women, education and authority. They assert that these factors, and a shortage of successful male role models within their neighborhoods, lead to lower educational performance, lower wages, and disrespectful young black males engaging in criminal activities that make poor neighborhoods even more dangerous and threaten its youth with violent death or time in prison.
When a non-black person tries to make a connection between these factors and lower socio-economic performance, the emotional political reaction is to call them out as racists who are trying to blame the victim and have no right to even talk about black issues. Except, of course, for the white liberals who are praised for placing blame on white fragility and privilege. Conservative black women cannot realistically be called racists, although some have tried. Some call them “race traitors” or accuse them of “acting white,” which are themselves vicious, racist attacks. Opponents have even engaged in “book stomping,” which I guess is just short of book burning. For the most part, however, the name calling doesn’t stick. Conservative black women are relatively immune to such unfair attacks. It is their relative invulnerability, combined with their willingness to stand up and fight for real solutions for their community, that makes them superheroes.
In the movie Wonder Woman, our hero leads soldiers through no-man’s land by drawing fire while shielding herself and her team of soldiers from the spray of bullets. It is a perfect analogy for the role of the conservative black woman in politics today. They draw fire from the left since they are a mortal threat to the narratives of systemic racism and sexism. They provide a shield against the unfair accusations fired upon everyone who disputes the narrative that racism and sexism are solely to blame for black poverty, female oppression, and rampant inequity. Without the leadership and protection of our superheroes, this barrage of false accusations, perpetuated by the mainstream media and supported by the storm troopers of cancel culture, would take down even the best and most sincere activists, who are merely trying to find effective solutions to real problems.
Some would say, without proof and in the face of evidence to the contrary, that these black women are speaking out for the money or publicity or are merely being used as propaganda tools by white supremacists. No, they don’t make money the way fake Black Lives Matter activists do, have to deal with constant hate mail and death threats, and get little respect or admiration. Not to mention that no self-respecting white supremacist would ever hide behind a black woman, would he? No, these women have the superpower of being able to actually think for themselves and face the hatred that it inspires. To discover who is being used, we need look no further than the entire black community, which has been used election after election by politicians who promote victimization theories to shift blame onto their opponents and gather votes. This isn’t a new idea. It was expressed by civil rights leader Malcolm X, who was assassinated two days after writing the following words in 1965.
“The white liberal is the worst enemy to America, and the worst enemy to the black man…. They are fighting each other for power and prestige, and the one that is the football in the game is the Negro, 20 million black people. A political football, a political pawn, an economic football, and economic pawn. A social football, a social pawn. The liberal elements of whites are those who have perfected the art of selling themselves to the Negro as a friend of the Negro. Getting sympathy of the Negro, getting the allegiance of the Negro, and getting the mind of the Negro. Then the Negro sides with the white liberal, and the white liberal use the Negro against the white conservative. So that anything that the Negro does is never for his own good, never for his own advancement, never for his own progress, he’s only a pawn in the hands of the white liberal. The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros, and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked, or deceived by the white liberal then Negros would get together and solve our own problems…. Our problems will never be solved by the white man. The only way that our problem will be solved is when the black man wakes up, cleans himself up, stands on his own feet and stops begging the white man, and takes immediate steps to do for ourselves the things that we have been waiting on the white man to do for us.”
Conservative black woman Candace Owens believes that power comes from personal responsibility, hard work and liberation, not from victimhood. And she isn’t even a feminist. I could swear she is channeling Malcolm X when she says, “Let us turn the lights off in the liberal establishments of America as we shut the door behind us.”
A Storm is coming–Avengers assemble! Leading with sword and shield, conservative black women superheroes have begun to advance the banner of Blexit to save America from itself!